Director: Michael Wadleigh Cast: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos

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Wolfen, a frightening horror movie based upon a novel by Whitley Strieber, concerns Detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney), who gets assigned to investigate the strange murder of a millionaire and his wife in a downtown park. Wilson and his friend, city coroner Whittington (Gregory Hines), aided by criminal psychologist Rebecca Neff (Diane Venora) connect the killing to those of several others, primarily winos, drug addicts and derelicts, all of whom seem to have been mutilated by wild animals. Their search leads them to a group of Native Americans led by Edward James Olmos who tell them of a legend of a superior species that once roamed the area, but now are living and hunting in the slums of New York. The film is engrossing, frightening and intelligent, with sensational special effects. Director Michael Wadleigh uses these effects to great advantage, frequently showing the movements of the characters through the eyes of the "Wolfen." This film is also the screen debut of Hines.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2019
UPC: 0883929690176
Original Release: 1981
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 8,464

Special Features

Cast/Director highlights; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Corey Burton ESS Voices
Burr de Benning Actor
Annie Gagen Actor
Linda Gary Actor
Charles Howerton Actor
Cullen Oliver Johnson Actor
Robert Louis King Actor
Robert Moberly Actor
Caitlin O'Heaney Actor
Jeff Ware Interrogation Operator
Mel Welles Actor
Dan Sturkle Actor
Sam Gray Mayor
Ralph Bell Commissioner
Max M. Brown Christopher Vanderveer
Anne Marie Photamo Pauline Vanderveer
Sarah Felder Cicely Rensselaer
James Tolkan Baldy
John McCurry Sayad Alve
Donald Symington Lawyer
Victor Arnold Roundenbush
Frank Adonis Scola
Richard Minchenberg Policeman
Ray Serra Detective
Thomas Ryan Detective
David Connell Victim
Jery Hewitt Victim
Roy Brocksmith Fat Jogger in Park
Michael Wadleigh Terrorist Informer
Rino Thunder Native American
E. Brian Dean Fouchek
Tom Waits Song Performer - Jitterbug Boy
Reginald VelJohnson Morgue Attendant

Technical Credits
Michael Wadleigh Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Steve Barnett Asst. Director
Robert Blalock Special Effects
Marshall M. Borden Editor
John Boxer Costumes/Costume Designer
David Chapman Art Director
Cis Corman Casting
Dennis E. Dolan Editor
David M. Eyre Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Steven Felder Asst. Director
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Alex Hapsas Asst. Director
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Rupert Hitzig Producer
James Horner Score Composer
Steve James Stunts
Alan King Executive Producer
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Dennis Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Safan Score Composer
Paul Sylbert Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wolfen
1. Urban Renewal. [2:38]
2. Route Change (Credits). [3:10]
3. Slaughter In The Park. [5:03]
4. Wilson On The Case. [4:55]
5. Whittington Picks The Pieces. [3:31]
6. What We Haven't Got. [3:17]
7. Victim Profile. [2:23]
8. Paging Rebecca Neff. [2:55]
9. An Execution. [2:30]
10. Death Among The Ruins. [2:37]
11. Theories And Body Parts. [3:25]
12. Ain't Human. [2:23]
13. A Church In The South Bronx. [6:47]
14. Prowling Into Manhattan. [4:30]
15. Wolves And Indians. [3:24]
16. High With Eddie Holt. [3:24]
17. Survival Of The Shiftiest? [4:37]
18. All In Eddie's Head. [4:11]
19. Ferguson Cries Wolf. [4:50]
20. Vigil Outside Rebecca's. [4:00]
21. Intimacy Observed. [2:06]
22. Can't Eat Just One. [2:07]
23. Surveillance. [7:36]
24. Fangs Of Death. [4:14]
25. Wolfen Lore. [4:10]
26. Protecting Their Turf. [3:52]
27. Surrounded On Wall Street. [2:07]
28. Warren's End. [1:57]
29. Surrounded In Vanderveer's Office. [3:13]
30. Demolition. [2:10]
31. "Such As Dare Not Imagine." [1:07]
32. End Credits. [4:34]

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Wolfen 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A terrific re working of the werewolf idea with bits of the mystical separating it from the typical horror movie. Finney, Hines and especiallly Olmos are terrific in their roles. Very interesting photography that may seem at little artsy but it is very useful is telling this multilayered story of the rape of nature and the natural order of the earth in the name of technology and consumerism and the 'needs of modern man'. It is hard to absorb all of the subtexts in one viewing. Definitely more social commentary than horror movie.
OldGeek7 More than 1 year ago
Don't know who wrote the Overview, but it doesn't seem like they actually watched the movie. This is NOT a werewolf movie. It has nothing to do with humans transforming into wolves. That said, I still love this movie - true, as another reviewer mentioned it has social commentary as a major point. But it is still a scary movie with good special effects (for its time) and interesting story line. This is one of the few physical DVDs I have in my collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This came out in 1981 which was the year for werewolf movies. But it still comes nowhere close to its fellow wolf movies of the same year like The Howling and American Werewolf in London. They try to make it seem too intelligent which is fine but they went overboard. They actually should of done a little less thinking and a little more horror. that could have made it a good movie.