Writer: Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick (Screenplay)
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Kate Nelligan, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, Eileen Atkins, Om Puri, David Hyde Pierce
Plot: Will Randall (Nicholson) a senior publisher who is being pushed out of the company and replaced by a new young hungry Stewart Swinton (Spader). One night he gets bitten by a wolf and over time he starts to notice improvement in his sense. Will slowly turning into a werewolf must fight to keep his job.
Verdict: A serious werewolf film
Story: Blending the world of business with the dissention into the unknown this time turning into a werewolf together works to make a very interesting story. On the business side we get to see how cut throat certain parts of it are, while the werewolf side we get to see how it starts slowly with not knowing what happened until it turns into something very serious. (8/10)
Actor Review: Jack Nicholson – Will the senior publisher who gets bitten by a wolf. Jack does a great job here doing what he does best playing a role were he thinks he knows what is going on but something changes everything and leaves him questioning his own sanity. (9/10)
Actor Review: Michele Pfeiffer – Laura daughter of Will’s boss and love interest also tries to help Will with proving his sanity. Michelle does a good job in the role and with her devilish twist at the end completes her characters. (8/10)
Actor Review: James Spader – Stewart the young ambition publisher who takes Will’s job, before he starts to fight back for it. Good performance in what is a very genetic role. (7/10)
Director Review: Mike Nichols – With a string of hits to his names he shows how good a director he is here with one of the best werewolf films I have seen. (9/10)
Horror: It isn’t the scariest horror film that you will see. (7/10)
Romance: The romance feels a bit forced throughout but the end makes sense of it. (7/10)
Special Effects: Simple but good effects in the wolf creations. (8/10)
Believability: The business world side is believable while the wolf side is not. (2/10)
Chances of Tears: (0/10)
Settings: New York being the prime setting makes a good take on the werewolf story but being a much more serious version of American Werewolf In London. (9/10)
Suggestion: Werewolf films are few and far between and a good one is even rarer. This is a good one so you werewolf fans out there make sure you have seen this one. The story is actually a good drama that doesn’t offer any scares so the human aspect of the change is well worth a watch to. If you don’t have an interest in werewolf genre you won’t like this. (Try It)
Best Part: Werewolf fight at the end.
Worst Part: it may be considered slow for the now generation of horror.
Action Scene Of The Film: Werewolf fight
Kill Of The Film: Street thugs.
Oscar Chances: No
Chances of Sequel: No need to have one.
Similar Too: American Werewolf In London
Overall: A good werewolf film that is the first I have seen that is purely about the serious side of the outcome.