Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Terrible things Lawrence, you've done terrible things. "

Film: The Wolfman (2009) Directed by Joe Johnston.

So far this has been my favorite out of the films I have watched this semester. It had a fairly good storyline, the suspense was intense, and the special effects were great! 

The storyline was a more interesting than most of the films I have seen so far. The family entanglement was intriguing to me with all it dynamics. The story contains a man so scarred from a tragic family past that he spent years in an institution trying to rid his mind of what he had seen. He was sent there as a boy by his father who is a creepy old man. He lives in a castle type mansion with his son and the son's fiance'. So within the plot there is; the man returning for his brother's funeral, the fiance' who falls in love with the man, and the father who has a mysterious side that no one can seem to figure out. Of course the fiance' is going to try and save the Wolfman because she loves him, and ends up really setting him "free". 

The blood and gore were just enough for me. People's heads flying and blood gushing from everywhere was just enough to send Hailey under her pillow a few times. :) The wolf was a killing creature and that was shown very well in this film. With body parts flying and heads rolling with blood everywhere, the Wolfman made a spectacle of the massacre in London. And the effects crew didn't just throw blood around but made it seem to flow out of the bodies when they were bitten.

This and American Werewolf in London have so far been my favorites this semester. They have brought the elements that I have believed to be elements of horror: high amounts of suspense, blood, killing monster, and a good but tragic story line.

1 comment:

  1. Why do you think horror needs a lot of suspense? Suspense/thriller is its own genre (sort of), so how do you think horror should incorporate it? You focused on the special effects in American Werewolf in did these compare? Didn't they use CGI?
    What have your textbooks said on these issues?