The Monster Mash: The Wolfman & Wishmaster

Yeah, kind of a weird mix of movies to review, but I’ve seen both in the last couple days, so, why not?

The Wolfman
February 12th, 2010

The original Wolfman is easily one of the most popular horror characters of all time. As much as the werewolf is loved, it doesn’t have that many great movies featuring the lycans. So, I’d say it’s about time that Hollywood gets back to the good shit and try and crank out some Howling type material.

The first step in that direction is the remake of 1941 classic The Wolfman. Most folks think that remakes are DOA. I however, welcome remakes. Sure, a lot of the time they can suck, but a lot of the time they’re not only just as good as the original, but they surpass them.

What’s the verdict this time? Well, let’s dig it…

Del Toro was great as the actor/brother who’s come to find out what happened to his now missing brother. He soon finds out what’s the deal, and gets the business end of a werewolf. I thought the whole dynamic of ‘what’s happening to me?’ was great, as he seemed to know, but didn’t want to admit it. Also, having the town have the same idea yet not have any proof was great as well.

The real treat, is when he finally turns into the werewolf. I was afraid he’d be all CGI, and perhaps look more like a Howling werewolf. I have no beef with that style, but I was looking for a bit of change. In this movie, I think it’s the best werewolf ever shown. He’s a hurking best who’s very much half man, half wolf. Everything about him is menacing, while paying homage to the original and devloping it’s own original key points. In the original, the Wolfman just chokes people. I understand why, but it was a bit of a let down. In this one, however, he rips people apart. Literally. It was so satisfying to see him rip limbs, gut people, tear off heads, and just be an all around awesome monster. It was fantastic. They also blended the CGI nicely, as it was used sparingly, and only when needed.

The relationship between Talbot and his brother’s former fiance, Gwen, was nice. It wasn’t pushed down our throats, it was just a nice, subtle romance that we only saw the very seedlings of before things got going. We also didn’t have the obvious declerations of love at the last moment from both parties.

Hopkins was great as well. He seemed like just the type to wonder around his large estate, becoming a bit of a deranged hermit. I thought it was great that he’d let guilt and such keep his secret confined to a catacomb, but as his sanity slipped away, so did his care for others.

The setting for the movie was incredible. The old London villages with fog, street lamps, and overall motif. Just an awesome, awesome look.

4 out of 5 full moons, baby.

Wishmaster
September 19th, 1997

Wishmaster is a franchise that’s been around for quite awhile. It’s one that I’ve heard of, but never heard anything about it regarding whether or not it sucks.

Well, thanks to Fearnet OnDemand, I now have the pleasure of watching part 1, 3 and 4. I have no idea why part 2 isn’t available, it may have been made under a different movie studio.

What I can tell you, is that Wishmaster is fucking awesome. It’s an original concept, with an original story that just owns. The villain, Djinn, is awesome. He’s scary as all hell, sick, maniacal, and genuinely enjoys tormenting people.

The idea is after he was sealed by a sorcerer from way back, he’s released by a women in present day. Now, the Djinn’s goal in life is to bring himself and his brothers from in between the worlds, and here, on our plain of existence. The way he can do that is to grant the 3 wishes of the one who awoke him. Until he’s able to find her, he gathers power by granting individual wishes to people, who, in exchange for the wish, give their soul. Of course, the wish is never what you truly ask for.

One girl asks to be beautiful forever, so he turns her into a mannequin. Another guy sees the Djinn cutting a dead man’s face off, and the Djinn asks if this is something he wouldn’t wish to see, naturally, he says yes, so the Djinn removes his eyes. Tricky son of a bitch.

The Djinn also takes human form, who’s played by the same guy who plays him in monster form, Andrew Divoff. He does a fantastic job. Be it in human form, or Djinn, he steals every scene. He’s just awesome.

The gore, and special effects are incredible. Especially for a movie that doesn’t have a huge budget, and isn’t really known all that well. A lot of the deaths are original, and bloody. Very well done, and flat out kick ass.

So, whether it’s from netflix, youtube, or OnDemand, if you’re a horror fan, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s incredible.

4 out of 5 cutting-a-guys-face-off. I didn’t feel like making the images. Dig it.

There we are kids. Go out, find the shot shit, watch’em. Thank me later.

Coming soon, The Karate Kid part III review, a review of the three disc Kane set, as it was requested of me. People like to watch people suffer, I guess.

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~ by Caliber Winfield on June 15, 2010.

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