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The Wolf Man

The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man
  • NR
  • 1h 10m
  • 1941
Certified Fresh90%
Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
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The original horror classic that introduced one of the screen's most infamous monsters! Lon Chaney Jr. portrays Larry Talbot, who returns to his father's (Claude Rains) castle in Wales and meets a beautiful woman (Evelyn Ankers). One fateful night, Talbot escorts her to a local carnival where Jenny's fate is revealed by a mysterious gypsy fortune teller. The dreamlike atmospheres and elaborate settings combined with a chilling musical score make The Wolf Man a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time!
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh90%
Critics Consensus: A handsomely told tale with an affecting performance from Lon Chaney, Jr., The Wolf Man remains one of the classics of the Universal horror stable.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dated horror classic has some violence, smoking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Wolf Man is a 1941 horror movie in which Lon Chaney Jr. plays a man who fights and kills a werewolf, only to become a werewolf after getting bitten during the fight. While some audiences may appreciate that this is considered to be an early horror classic, some of it has not aged well, and not only the limited special effects, questionable Welsh or English accents, and the near constant cigarette and pipe smoking. The lead character Larry (Chaney) has returned to his father's castle in Wales after being away for 18 years, and while fiddling with a large telescope, he ends up spying on a woman standing in a window and removing her earrings. He then goes to her place of work, located directly below where she had been standing, and claims to be a psychic, as he knows what earrings she was wearing earlier and where she put them when she took them off, and then uses as a way to ask her out repeatedly, and literally doesn't take "no" for an answer. In terms of violence, characters are strangled and killed from afar or beaten to death with walking sticks. In a later scene, the Wolf Man steps on a bear trap. Overall, the movie provides an opportunity for families to see how movies have evolved since the 1940s and our continued fascination with horror movies involving werewolves, vampires, zombies, and so on.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:December 9, 1941
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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