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176 Ratings


Directed by Michael Wadleigh
United States, 1981
Horror, Thriller


A city cop is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders where it appears that the victims were killed by animals. In his pursuit he learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits.

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Wolfen Directed by Michael Wadleigh

Critics reviews

According to the current state of received ideas, rightwing formalism in movies is “good clean fun,” not politics at all, while leftwing formalism is supposed to be pleasureless politics, no fun at all. The incredible thing about Wolfen — a spectacular, metaphysical mystery-horror fantasy about New York that’s visceral and leftist in about equal doses, often at the same time — is that it builds its exciting, unfashionable politics largely through pungent sounds and images.
August 11, 1981
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