The Wolf Man (1941)
Genre: Horror Fantasy, Drama
Starring Lon Chaney Jr and Claude Rains.
I won’t call this a forgotten film, but I don’t feel it gets the same affection as Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931). Granted Lugosi and Karloff are much better actors than Lon Chaney Jr, but this is still a good film.
Even though the majority of werewolf films are terrible, I still love them. I guess they speak to the animal inside us all. This Universal classic is a favorite and among the better of this sub-genre of horror. Lon Chaney Jr. may never reach his father (Lon Chaney Sr.) great status, but he does a decent job in this role.
If you are watching the Universal Monsters this October (or any other month), please make sure you include this one.
The first times I watched it when I teenager, I didn’t really care for it. However, when I went back and really began to understand movies in a new light. I came back to this film and really enjoyed it. The transformation scenes for its time are some of the best. There is plenty of creepy scenery, a protagonist who is also the tragic antagonist, a very unique curse.
Sure, this may not have the blood and gore of present werewolf films, but it does have plenty of tragedy and creepiness scattered throughout.