Written By: Ken Hulsey
I was just about to go with another story, when I opened my inbox and discovered that Universal had just sent me a whole batch of new photos from "The Wolfman." I was also surprised to discover that my buddy Avery Guerra had sent me a link to a brand-new trailer from the film that is being hosted over at Bloody Disgusting.
I guess today is "Wolfman Day", or something like that!
Now, there has been a report floating around for the past couple of week's stating that the production team has been utilizing the time between now, and the film's February release date to add more special effects to the film, namely to make it to where pour Mr. Talbot turns completely into an actual wolf. We don't see any of that in the provided photos, but in the trailer, despite the fact we see a human-like Wolfman in most of it, there is a sequence where we see a human foot transform into what looks like a wolves hind leg.
I don't know what to read into all this?
There are many possible scenarios. One, the trailer was released before these new effects have been added to the final film. Two, the rumors are crap, and we will see a human-like Wolfman like what is seen in the trailers and publicity photos, much like what Lon Chaney Jr. looked like in the original 1941 film. Three, sometimes the Wolfman will look more like a man, and sometimes he will 'go all the way' and transform completely into a wolf.
I don't know what will happen. I just hope that the rumors are false and Universal stays true to the look and feel of the original. Many fans agree.
Here's the plot:
Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother...and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.
Lawrence Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate.
As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself...one he never imagined existed.
Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) directs The Wolfman, and six-time Oscar®-winning special effects artist Rick Baker brings his design and makeup talents to transform Del Toro into the fearsome title character. http://www.thewolfmanmovie.com/
Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, "The Wolfman" brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins.
(L to R) Sir John Talbot (ANTHONY HOPKINS) and Lawrence Talbot (BENICIO DEL TORO) in the action-horror inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, "The Wolfman".