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26 July 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Collider

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New Wolfman Trailer Howling Online

The Wolfman arrived, belatedly, a couple of years ago to a muted reception. It's still a classic Universal monster though, and as if to prove that you can't keep a good beast down, the studio has already retooled. The trailer for follow-up / reboot / spin-off / bastard child Werewolf: The Beast Among Us has just arrived online.

Universal had high hopes for The Wolfman. With Benicio Del Toro in the Lon Chaney Jr role, a supporting cast including Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving, and make-up effects from the always-astounding Rick Baker, it seemed a failsafe proposition.

That was before its director Mark Romanek quit over creative differences with the studio, however, leaving his replacement Joe Johnston with only three weeks to prepare before shooting started. Later, release dates were pushed back again and again, and there were extensive re-shoots. The film arrived a year later than originally planned, and barely recouped its budget. Rick Baker did win an Oscar though.

This new project began its life as a straight-up Wolfman sequel, in the days when Universal still had confidence in the property. Now, the studio are calling Werewolf "an all-new addition to its time-honoured legacy of classic monsters", but it arrives straight to DVD and Blu-ray, directed by Louis Morneau, of Roadkill 2 and The Hitcher 2 fame. The story involves a new wolfman terrorising a 19th century European village, attracting unsuccessful mercenaries and bounty hunters until it runs up against Ed Quinn...

The synopsis suggests some exciting escalation, in a village where most of the inhabitants gradually succumb to lycanthropy; a bit like Predator, if there were exponentially more predators as the film went on. Whether the film can actually pull that off on the limited scale that the trailer seems to demonstrate remains to be seen. So too does the film's relationship to the first one. Oddly, Universal seem to be both drawing a line under The Wolfman while simultaneously invoking it in the very familiar-looking blue/grey misty forests of the artwork.

Stephen Rea is the most immediately recognisable name in the cast, and he's joined by the aforementioned Quinn, Guy Wilson, Nia Peeples and Steven Bauer. The film shot on location in Transylvania, so let's hope some of those vibes come through. It's out in the US on Hallowe'en, but there's no UK date yet.

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Your Comments

The Wooooolfman
I enjoyed the remake (on a certain level) and was disappointed that it didn't do well at the box office. OK I accept that it was a bit clunky and you can see where it had changes made, but still it was enjoyable fare and the actual "Wolfman" looked good and was the dogs. I'll give this one a go and hope for the best. More

Posted by ODForrest at 12:40 on 27 July 2012 | Report This Post

Yeah I liked the Wolfman one of the few horrors I enjoyed. And I seem to remember it getting four stars in the Empire mag upon release (although it now only has two). I was really just thrilled that they didn't convert it to modern times -I mean you could see the seams where the new director had come on board and where things had changed course but I still thought it was worth watching and would've welcomed the sequel with Hugo Weaving where as this piece of Celluloid shit with a no name cast of More

Posted by Fallen Giant at 09:48 on 27 July 2012 | Report This Post

Why would empire comment on straight to DVD stuff? More

Posted by NateDrake007 at 08:48 on 27 July 2012 | Report This Post

I love the remake as well, I thought it was one of the best movies that came out that year. & I still don't get why it fared so badly when the lamest, complete piles of poop that they call movies that are released make shit tons of money. I hate the common movie goer, you all are fat, dopey cunts. That's right, ya fat dopey cunts. I'm bleeding profusely, leave me alone. More

Posted by lygutnelseon at 20:24 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

...that looks like a pile of shite. More

Posted by bradthunder at 17:35 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

Wolfman: Bastard Child sounds like a better title tbh More

Posted by thepluginbaby at 16:59 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

I adored The Wolfman remake.
There. Said it. As far as I'm concerned, I'm waiting to see if this one is as good...not whether it can 'relaunch a franchise'. More

Posted by Cyberleader at 16:43 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

Looks crap but I'll give it a go!
Ok, this does look pretty crap and has the values of a T.V movie but I think I will give it a watch on a rainy day as I'm sure it'll be entertaining in a so bad it's good kinda way. Anyway I actually quite liked the recent Wolfman! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 16:31 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

I wonder how much Empire got for plugging this.

Posted by loafroaster at 15:25 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Really?
It's hard because the idea of a man changing into a wolf is cool. But almost impossible to write a plot around, because whatever happens, we just want to see a man turn into a wolf. Nobody seems to have the sense to START a film with a transformation sequence, have the main character have no idea what is happening to him, massacre a bunch of people and be hunted, learning what he is as he goes, becoming ever more tragic, ever more hunted. Forget the ensemble bunch hunting the werewolf app More

Posted by jobloffski at 12:33 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Really?
Yet another crap werewolf film.....why is it so difficult to produce a decent Lycanthrope movie More

Posted by st3veebee at 11:56 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

Little puzzled as to how Empire consider a DTV mess as being worthy of comment. As for the article itself...... Sounds as if someone at Universal is pulling in a favour to be honest. More

Posted by cactusjon at 11:03 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

"Beware The Moon"
I was wondering why I hadn't heard anything about this and, now I've seen the trailer, I can see why. Actors you've never heard of doing dodgy accents, cheapo effects and production values and it's DTV...I've forgotten this one already. More

Posted by BenTramer at 10:32 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

No wonder it's going straight to DVD...looks shite More

Posted by ronniem at 10:30 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

Why? Why? Why? Even the quality of the voiceover man is shockingly poor. I predict a 1 star shocker. More

Posted by GunnerGeezer at 10:20 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

Just awful. Van Helsing with werewolves. Have a look at Louis Morneau's back catalogue and you get an idea of what kind of garbage this will be. What a waste of a franchise. More

Posted by jazzyjules63 at 09:36 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

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