Friday, February 12, 2010
Dude Turns Into a Wolf: THE WOLFMAN opens TODAY!
The marketing machine has been in overdrive the past few weeks pushing a little Universal Monster movie called THE WOLFMAN. A remake of the original 1941 Universal film The Wolf [space] Man which starred Lon Chaney Jr. in the titular role this one stars Franky Four Fingers, Hannibal Lecter, Agent Smith and... um, Emily Blunt.
Though I'm excited for a reboot of the 69-year-old franchise, I have a bad feeling about this one.
Well the original director walked out 3 weeks before the start of principal photography.
Then its release date was moved from November 2009 to February 2010.
Then a new editor was brought in to re-cut the film.
THEN a new composer was brought in to replace some guy named DANNY ELFMAN.
You can read an interview with Director Joe Johnston where he details these trials and tribulations and his unenviable position of being the man to pick up the pieces in this LA Times article HERE.
Interesting trivia: According to this other Times article HERE, Gene Simmons from KISS and David Lee Roth from Van Halen did auditioned as wolf howls for the film. AWESOME.
Now I realize that "that's the film biz" and stuff like this happens all the time and good movies still happen in spite of things like this. But I also know that when I saw that first trailer, I was left with two feelings: 1) "Oh it's a period piece?" and 2) "ho-hum."
I know, too, that I tend to like my werewolf movies more WOLF than MAN and this make-up job by Rick Baker evokes the original film by being very much like the title. A "wolf man."
Early reviews are saying it's big on gore, low on scary, and so-so in the end. But, hey, it IS a monster movie from the company that invented the classic monsters. A good cast, a great make-up artist and a director with some hits under his belt, not to mention spooky forests, a full moon, and a freaking WEREWOLF are certainly all in its favor for a Halloween Addict.
Plus what other choice do you have in the theater this weekend?