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Wolfen

Rating:R
Genre:Suspense/Thriller
Release Date:July 24, 1981
Running time:115 minutes
Cast:Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines, Tom Noonan
Director:Michael Wadleigh
Writer:David Eyre, Whitley Strieber

Description: Wolfen, a frightening horror movie based upon a novel by Whitley Strieber, is an absorbing update on the werewolf legend. Detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) is assigned to investigate the strange murder of a millionaire and his wife in a downtown park. Wilson and his friend, city coroner Whittington (Gregory Hines), aided by criminal psychologist Rebecca Neff (Diane Venora) connect the killing to those of several others, primarily winos, drug addicts and derelicts, all of whom seem to have been mutilated by wild animals. Their search leads them to a group of Native Americans led by Edward James Olmos who tell them of a legend of a superior species that once roamed the area, but now are living and hunting in the slums of New York. The film is engrossing, frightening and intelligent, with sensational special effects. Director Michael Wadleigh uses these effects to great advantage, frequently showing the movements of the characters through the eyes of the Wolfen. This film is also the screen debut of Gregory Hines.~ Linda Rasmussen, All Movie Guide

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