“Even a man pure at heart and says his prayers by night, can turn into a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”
This wonderful couplet comes up many times in The Wolf Man. The Wolf Man is a classic of horror cinema, and while it isn’t the first werewolf movie, it’s certainly what popularized the genre.
Lon Chaney Jr. stars as Larry Talbot, a mild mannered man who comes back to his home village after being away for years. He saves a village girl from being attacked by a wolf one night, but in the process becomes bit by the beast. Now he is haunted to turn into a wolf and kill every night.
Lon Chaney is one of the great screen actors, and you can see the inner turmoil on his face whenever he is on the screen. While he battles with himself and tries to keep his sanity, his father is out to put an end to the wolf nonsense.
The bet part of the movie is the cinematography and set design. We see the werewolf stalk through the foggy London streets. It is haunting and beautiful at the same time.
The Wolf Man is an absolute must see for horror fans.