Parents' Guide to

The Wolf Man

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dated horror classic has some violence, smoking.

Movie NR 1941 70 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Predictable but still worth a look

The suspense of this film is a bit better than I expected. It is a film that is taut and works a lot better than I thought it would. It is predictable but there is a comfort in that. The film's transformations from the early 1940s work well enough and are even inspiring considering the time period. A fun ride for those of us that already know how it's going to end, except of course for the racist and reductive depictions of Roma people.

Is It Any Good?

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This is a classic horror movie that's showing its age. While movie buffs are sure to enjoy the acting and introduction of now-standard horror movie tropes in The Wolf Man, such as monster transformations, pentagrams, silver, etc., younger and more jaded audiences are likely to be put off by the dated special effects, the mediocre at best attempts at Welsh or English accents, and the scenes of flirtations between Chaney's character and the female lead that come across as aggressive stalking by today's standards.

Still, it's not without some period charm. There's a reliance on strong acting to carry the story and the scares as opposed to today's overreliance on blood, gore, and jump scares. It's also fun to imagine audiences seeing this when so many of the horror standards we now take for granted were new and unheard of. It also has some moments of unintentional humor -- "Larry" as the name of the werewolf, as in "Larry the Werewolf," doesn't exactly send shivers of terror, and sounds more like the name of a kindly werewolf in some contemporary children's story. It also features some of early horror's greatest actors. All this makes The Wolf Man fairly enjoyable, but what dates it is likely to make it less of a "timeless classic" with each passing year.

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