The Wolfman is a remake of a movie of the same title from 1941. The film is set in the 1880s and follows Lawrence Talbot (played by Benicio del Toro) who returns home and to this estranged father (Anthony Hopkins) when he learns of his brother’s disappearance. During the course of the investigation Lawrence discovers that the culprit behind his brother’s disappearance is a werewolf. He is then attacked and bitten by the beast, he himself inheriting the curse. In spite of his full-moon habits his brother’s fiancee, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt) falls for him anyway and fights for him even though the entire town has turned on him.
When interviewed actress Emily Blunt said, “It’s a taboo relationship between Benicio and I, because my character was engaged to his brother,” she explained. “Her dead fiancee is found with his guts ripped out by some strange beast. Benicio, the long lost brother, comes back into town to find out what’s gone on.” She then adds, “When I read the script, I thought it had this Greek mythology, this sweeping, gothic, eerie, suspenseful feel to it,” she explained. “And then there’s a love story. Even though it is terrifying, it’s not just about how much blood we can show splashing across the camera.” But if you are worried about this film being nothing more than a sappy love story don’t worry, as the trailer shows it’s a fast paced thriller full of action and excitement.
The original Wolfman is a classic that’s up there with Count Dracula, Frankenstein and Creature of the Black Lagoon. Benicio del Tora was an excellent choice for the Wolfman, being a huge fan of the original, even owning a collection of Wolfman memorabilia. Here’s hoping this remakes doesn’t disappoint but from the looks of the trailer I doubt it will.
Watch the trailer here…
The Wolfman will hit theaters February 12, 2010
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