A New York cop is charged with investigating a number of attacks that appear to have been by an animal.
Edward James Olmos stars as Eddie Holt, a mysterious Native American steelworker who attracts the attentions of the investigators.
Wolfen was released on July 24, 1981.
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- 1982 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films: Nominated for four Saturn Awards (Best Actor, Albert Finney; Best Director, Michael Wadleigh; Best Horror Film; and Best Writing, David Eyre and Michael Wadleigh)
- 1982 Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival: Won Special Jury Award (Michael Wadleigh)
- 1982 Motion Picture Sound Editors: Won Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing (Sound Effects); tied with Raiders of the Lost Ark
Wolfen is an actual horror flick, nothing akin to the gore/slasher movies that are passed off on today's theatergoers.
Despite five-time Oscar nominatee Albert Finney in the lead, the story never really seems to gain momentum. But perhaps that's intentional as this isn't a film designed to exploit werewolf legends, like so many others, but to propose a different explanation.
At its very best, Wolfen, for me, was watchable and entertaining, which is saying something for someone who doesn't really care for the horror genre. It probably won't wow today's audiences despite it being a film of some substance.
At the very least, Edward James Olmos fans get to see him hold his own, and then some, with a proven modern actor like Finney.