Greatest Film Moments – The Wolf Man

“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”

The Wolf Man tells the tale of Larry Talbot and his return to his father’s castle. But his return is not triumphant, one fateful night Talbot is bitten by a wolf and is marked as a werewolf.

Filled with gypsies, thick fog, and ominous howling, The Wolf Man is much more than a tale of a monstrous creature. The film delves into mental illness and psychosis with Sir John Talbot’s prognosis on his son’s strange behavior.

The story truly begins after Larry Talbot meets Gwen Conliffe, a beautiful young woman, who is the daughter of an antiquity dealer. Gwen is reluctant to travel with Larry on a date to the gypsy carnival, bringing along her friend Jenny.

At the carnival, Jenny has her fortune told by none other than Bela Lugosi, his character in The Wolf Man is simply named Bela. The fortune-teller dismisses her abruptly, telling her that he cannot tell her anything about the future until the next day.

Jenny is attacked in the woods on her journey back to Gwen and Larry. Larry hears her screams and kills the wolf, but Jenny is dead from a fatal bite to the neck. Larry has been bitten in the attack, bringing about the transformation into a werewolf.

The scenes between Sir John and Larry Talbot were exceptionally good, delving into the relationship between father and son. Their interactions bring about the argument between mental and physical ailments concerning Larry’s condition.

Sir John is certain that his son is suffering from a mental illness with his talk of being a werewolf and their existence. And Larry knows that he is the wolf that is killing the villagers during the night.

This film brings about another famous monster to the big screen, which is being retold on the big screen in February. The Wolf Man brings my favored monster to the big screen. I am an avid werewolf fan in the horror genre, wishing for more quality werewolf films in the future.

The Wolf Man is another classic from Universal, the monster maker of the film industry.

~ by nicmarray on January 4, 2010.

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