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Michael Wadleigh, 1981
USA | Format: 35mm | 115 minutes
In this visually stunning and underrated eco-shocker, the murder of a millionaire property developer puts New York cop Albert Finney on a trail that leads from the skyscrapers of Wall Street to the slum wastelands of the Bronx—where highly-evolved predators stalk human prey. Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
“A supernatural monster movie of extraordinary stylishness in looks and sounds as well as performances...Not since Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Back has there been such a beautifully mounted and designed scare movie.”
--Vincent Canby, The New York Times
“***1/2. What is perhaps most interesting about Wolfen is that the story remains plausible--given its basic assumptions, of course. This is not sci-fi, fantasy or violent escapism. It's a provoking speculation on the terms by which we share this earth with other creatures.”
--Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times