Much like poor Lawrence Talbot, director Joe Johnston’s updating of the beloved 1941 horror classic The Wolf Man
seems to have fallen under an incurable curse. Though the throwback makeup design and occasional full-moon set piece – including a horrific attack on a Gypsy camp and a thrilling rampage in the streets of London – are strikingly effective, a listless lead performance by Benecio Del Toro fails to capitalize on the tragedy of the Talbot character. Poor pacing also ensures that most viewers will be squirming in their seats for most of the running time – more out of boredom than sheer terror.
When Ben Talbot (Simon Merrels) vanishes into thin ...