The Wolfman

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

There was a funny story in Entertainment Weekly a few months back about "The Wolfman," a remake of the 1941 classic horror film.

In the new version, scheduled for release in February, Benicio del Toro ("Traffic," "Sin City," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") plays the title character, "The Wolfman."

Even prior to makeup, del Toro is incredibly hairy himself. In fact, his natural appearance already closesly resembles some sort of half-wolf, half-man creature. So makeup guru Rick Baker, who's won six Academy Awards, found out it isn't easy distinguishing the real del Toro from the mythic monster. Below is an excerpt from the EW interview with Baker:

Q: Benicio Del Toro already has some wolf-like features — does that make it easier or harder for you?
A: In a way, it almost makes it harder. Where do you go from there? He's practically there as it is! [Laughs] I think what's going to make it be harder is when we get into the transformation scenes; going from Benicio to Benicio as the Wolfman isn't a really extreme difference. Like when I did American Werewolf in London, we went from this naked man to a four-legged hound from hell, and we had a lot of room to go from the transformation and do a lot of really extreme things. Here we have Benicio Del Toro, who's practically the Wolfman already, to Benicio Del Toro with more hair and bigger teeth.

First off, thumbs up to casting director for choosing an actor who looks the part.

Second, and more importantly, "The Wolfman" released its first trailer recently, which looks smart, stylish and hair-raising scary (bad pun intended). All and all, it's one of the better B-movie trailers I've seen, although I could do without the howling-atop-the-gargoyle scene at the end. Check out the trailer below:

"The Wolfman" also stars Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving. For a blast from the past, check out the trailer for th 1941 original, "The Wolf Man." Although the campy acting and over-dramatic subtitles look silly nowadays, the film sparked one of the great monster-movie careers of all-time for Lon Chaney, Jr., who played "The Wolfman" in more than a half-dozen flicks after the original's release. "The Wolf Man" also was the first movie to introduce the idea that werewolves were vulnerable to silver and only shapeshifted under a full moon, which are now both accepted as part of the creature's exhaustive folklore. Check out the original trailer below: