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Rated R · 102 min. · 2010

Action/Adventure, Horror
Gothic as all hell. Universal revives its famed horror franchise very stylishly indeed, updated by director Joe Johnston with splashes of Hammer Films, Francis Coppola, and even Neil Jordan (from his The Company of Wolves). The Victorian setting is well considered, and Benicio Del Toro has the requisite haunted look for the role of Lawrence Talbot, who returns to his dreary family seat in England to find his father (Anthony Hopkins, thrillingly mad) and his late brother’s fiancée (Emily Blunt, properly available) waiting for him amid rumors of a wild monster prowling the countryside. Johnston (Jurassic Park III) sets a forbidding mood with production design (Rick Heinrichs), musical score (Danny Elfman), and the necessarily hairy makeup effects (Rick Baker), but more importantly with the screenplay, by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self, adapted from Curt Siodmak’s 1941 original. It’s not insultingly dumb – that’s refreshing in a 2010 horror pic. Character parts are ably etched as well, especially Hugo Weaving as a Scotland Yard inspector, Geraldine Chaplin as the Gypsy woman, and Art Malik as Singh, Sir John’s manservant. It’s definitely something to howl about (125 min.).
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Director: Joe Johnston
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self
Producer: Benicio Del Toro, Scott Stuber, Rick Yorn and Sean Daniel
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving and Art Malik


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