Monday, October 17, 2011
October 15th: Wolfen (1981)
Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) is a veteran of the New York Police Department; burnt out and hardened by his years on the force, Dewey has been enjoying time off due to assorted family and psychological problems until his superior Warren (Dick O'Neil) puts him back on active duty to investigate the bizarre murders of industrialist Christopher Van Der Veer (Max M. Brown), his wife Pauline (Anne Marie Pohtamo) and their driver/bodyguard (John McCurry).
Based on the 1978 Whitley Strieber novel of the same name, Wolfen is a fascinating, yet strange blend of supernatural horror, crime thriller and psychological character study with an environmental subtext that has largely been forgotten for obvious reasons. It doesn't fit into any clear genre, there's not much in the way of horror for most of the film and director Michael Wadleigh seems more interested in exploring the psychology of Dewey Wilson and environmental issues than telling a scary/suspenseful story.
Next Up: October 16th: The Phantom of The Opera (1962)