Box art for The Wolf Man (1941)

The Wolf Man (1941)


Lon Chaney Jr. stars in this horror masterpiece featuring elaborate settings and a chilling score about a man who is attacked by a werewolf and then becomes one himself at each full moon.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A stodgy Universal thriller from 1941, redeemed by a name-heavy cast and by Lon Chaney Jr.'s lumbering, affable performance in the title role.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fresh: Chaney may appear to have had a bad run-in with a hair dryer, but he's still the definitive villain as tragic hero.

- Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Even with a canon that includes the definitive versions of (among others) Frankenstein, Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera, this 1941 classic has always remained my favorite of the studio's prolific output.

- Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

not as good as franky and drac, the runt of the horror family, but still fun...although not truly horrorific

- moonrivers, Saturday, August 11, 2007

4 stars

This film made a star of Lon Chaney, jnr., created all the myths about werewolves that would be used throughout Hollywood ever after.

- drblood, Sunday, June 24, 2007

4 stars

Subtlety is nowhere to be found in this landmark horror film. Although the creature effects are great, this is an extremely dated film. The acting is so wooden that it's impossible to involve yourself beyond admiration for it as a product of its time. George Waggner brings nothing extravagant to the table visually speaking, but some of the foggy sound stages are interesting enough on their own. As far as classic Universal monster movies go, this is far from my favorite. Nevertheless, it's an interesting watch.

- michaelcorleone, Wednesday, September 23, 2009