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A city cop is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders where it appears that the victoms were killed by animals. In his pursuit he learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits.
It will tear the scream from your throat.
Release Date: July 24, 1981
Runtime: 115 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Sound: Dolby, 70 mm 6-Track
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With W
MPAA Rating: R
Albert Finney ...Dewey Wilson
Diane Venora ...Rebecca Neff
Edward James Olmos ...Eddie Holt
Gregory Hines ...Whittington
Tom Noonan ...Ferguson
Dick O'Neill ...Warren
Dehl Berti ...Old Indian
Peter Michael Goetz ...Ross
Sam Gray ...Mayor
Ralph Bell ...Commissioner
Max M. Brown ...Christopher van der Veer
Anne Marie Pohtamo ...Pauline van der Veer
Sarah Felder ...Cicely Rensselaer
Reginald VelJohnson ...Morgue Attendant
James Tolkan ...Baldy
John McCurry ...Sayad Alve
Chris Manor ...Janitor
Donald Symington ...Lawyer
Jeffery Ware ...Interrogation Operator
E. Brian Dean ...Fouchek
Jeffery V. Thompson ...Harrison (as Jeffery Thompson)
Victor Arnold ...Roundenbush
Frank Adonis ...Scola
Richard Minchenberg ...Policeman
Raymond Serra ...Detective (as Ray Serra)
Thomas Ryan ...Detective
Tony Latham ...Victim
David Connell ...Victim
Jery Hewitt ...Victim
Roy Brocksmith ...Fat Jogger in Park (as Ray Brocksmith)
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More Movie Taglines:
- It will tear the scream from your throat.
- There is no defense.
- Their hunting ground
- New York City. Their prey
- the people.
- They can hear a cloud pass overhead, the rhythm of your blood. They can track you by yesterday's shadow. They can tear the scream from your throat.
- [about the wolves] Old Indian: They're shiftless. They might be gods!
Edddie Holt: It's not wolves, it's Wolfen. For 20,000 years Wilson- ten times your fucking Christian era- the 'skins and wolves, the great hunting nations, lived together, nature in balance. Then the slaughter came.
Edddie Holt: The smartest ones, they went underground into a new wilderness, YOUR CITIES. You have your technology but you lost. You lost your senses Old Indian: In their world, there can be no lies, no crimes. Edddie Holt: No need for detectives. Old Indian: In their eyes, YOU ARE THE SAVAGE.
Dewey Wilson: They kill to protect family? Old Indian: In the end, it's all for the HUNTING GROUND.
Dewey Wilson: They kill... Old Indian: The sick. The abandoned. Those who will not be missed. Dewey Wilson: More than that. Old Indian: They kill to survive. They kill to protect. Dewey Wilson: Family? Old Indian: Man kills for less. But in the end, it is all for the hunting ground.
- The theatrical trailer contains scenes/dialogue not present in the movie: When Van der Veer jumps out and startles his wife, the trailer shows a clip of their bodyguard reaching for his gun which is not present in the film; when Executive Security is reviewing the video of Becky Neff, someone says "team her up with Wilson". In the film, the head of security says "I want her."; the trailer includes a scene where Dewey and Becky, en route to the South Bronx, are talking in his car about the mysterious nature of the killings. This scene is not in the film; an overhead shot of the moon and clouds in "Wolfen-vision" that is present in the trailer is not in the film; in the scene where the Wolfen lures Becky up to the second floor of the abandoned church, there is a voice-over from Dewey (although it is NOT Albert Finney's voice) where he tells her that something was trying to lure her upstairs and separate them.
One of the few films to be released theatrically with the "Megasound" sound system format. Megasound was a movie theater sound system created by Warner Bros in the early 1980s. It was used to enhance the premiere engagements of a handful of Warner features. Theaters equipped for Megasound had additional speakers mounted on the left, right and rear walls of the auditorium. Selected soundtrack events with lots of low-frequency content (thuds, crashes, explosions, etc) were directed to these speakers at very high volume, creating a visceral effect intended to thrill the audience.
Director Michael Wadleigh's only non-Woodstock related film.
A specific day-for-night shooting process was used to create the nocturnal point of view of the "killers".
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