Wolfman (1979)

WOLFMAN (1979)
aka Wolfman – A Lycanthrope
Article 3075 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-8-2009
Posting Date: 1-14-2010
Directed by Worth Keeter
Featuring Earl Owensby, Kristina Reynolds,Sid Rancer
Country: USA
What it is: Regional werewolf horror

A man returns to his ancestral home to discover that his father has died, and that he is the sole heir to the estate. However, the will has been forged in a bid by an evil devil worshiper to keep the son on the premises so he will inherit the family curse that will turn him into a werewolf.

This movie has a rating of 2.1 on IMDB, which means its reputation is pretty awful. It’s certainly not very good; the pacing is very slow and the acting is so low key that it practically vanishes before your eyes. Yet I have to admit to being charmed by the old-fashioned feel of the whole affair, and I also like that low-budget regional feel and obvious sincerity. Except for the added element of the curse being maintained by a devil worshiper, the plot is definitely by the numbers, but it shows more competence than your average Herschell Gordon Lewis movie, and it has a better sense of period than anything I’ve seen from Andy Milligan, and from my point of view, those are the type of filmmakers whose work this movie should be compared to. In short, I found it badly flawed and rather dull, but nowhere near as bad as its detractors maintain.

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