AVCO Embassy Pictures | Release Date: April 10, 1981
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Universal acclaim based on 49 Ratings
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AmuletApr 20, 2021
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Voodoo123Nov 15, 2021
+Fantastic visual effects
+Excellent story ideas
-Weak screenplay -Terrible pacing I really got a strong xfiles like vibe from watching this (im of course aware how much older this was than that show!). It has a fascinating blend of a
+Fantastic visual effects
+Excellent story ideas
-Weak screenplay
-Terrible pacing

I really got a strong xfiles like vibe from watching this (im of course aware how much older this was than that show!). It has a fascinating blend of a mystery serial killer investigation, a drama exploring the trauma of a journalist who gets too close to her case and a horror story that ties them all together. Sadly the pacing of this movie hasnt aged well and it just never stays slow enough in the horror scenes to be scary, and the cinematography and colour felt garish and basic which took away tension in the dramatic scenes between characters. The potential for this felt massive and watching this i just felt like it was the best it could be for its day and that the distraction of the visual effects behind the scenes got in the way of the storytelling. For anyone who enjoys a horror/mystery/thriller this is a must watch despite its flaws.
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NickTheCritickNov 4, 2021
It's probably the best werewolf movie ever made and certainly my favorite of Joe Dante. It's entertaining and terryfing as hell. It's gourgeos, a must-see for everyone.
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HellHoleHorrorApr 15, 2022
This is most definitely one of the better werewolf films that you can see but far from the best horror around. The first hour is a good and scary film but the last thirty minutes gets lost into a scrappy mess. It is such a shame as the firstThis is most definitely one of the better werewolf films that you can see but far from the best horror around. The first hour is a good and scary film but the last thirty minutes gets lost into a scrappy mess. It is such a shame as the first hour had me petrified on the edge of my seat. The problem is that the ending is like it is from a children’s film. It is almost a precursor to Joe Dante directing Gremlins which is almost a tongue-in-cheek horror. It also feels like it was finished in a rush with scrappy cuts and crosses throughout the last twenty minutes. It is good but be prepared for a disappointing and predictable ending but relish in the masterful fear and atmosphere before that. By the way the werewolf effects are impressive but occasionally overused except that we don’t see them fully in shot standing up ever. Expand
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