(ANOTHER NOTE FROM DEREK: Okay...I need to apologize to Jake for doubting him. Turns out that, despite the common knowledge that the Dr. Frankenstein in the Mary Shelley book--which is supposed to be the material source for this movie--is called Victor, and that is how IMDb has the character named for that movie, a quick re-watch of the opening credits show that, for some reason, Victor Frankenstein was, in fact, called Henry in the movie. So, with that in mind, I wanted to apologize to Jake for saying he was wrong. But I still say he can suck it, and so can IMDb. Thank you.)
This week, the guys sat down to watch the 1941 Universal classic, The Wolfman, starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles, Warren William, Fay Helms, J. M. Kerrigan, Maria Ouspenkaya, and Forrest Harvey as "Twiddle". Yes, you read that right; there is a guy named Twiddle.
Larry Talbot (Chaney) is returning home to England, despite clearly not being English in any way whatsoever, for the funeral of his brother, who was killed in a hunting accident. His father, Sir John (Rains), who is English, is happy to see him, and so any chance for a conflict over why Larry has abandoned his Englishness is completely lost, largely because this is a short movie, so there's no time for silly emotions. Besides, as noted, their family (aside from Larry, is British. They don't do that.
|Emotions are for ethnic people, son. Now sit. Stay.|
|Drink it in, ladies.|
The next morning, people start showing up at both Larry's and Gwen's homes, wanting to know what happened. For his part, Larry has no idea. And, even more confusing, the scratches on his chest have disappeared. He goes to his father, who says that there's obviously nothing wrong with Larry except that he might have caught a little bit of crazy. Larry, unconvinced, heads over to see Gwen, where he explains what happened, and then decides he has to talk to the gypsy's mother (Ouspenkaya). She tells him that her son was, in fact, a werewolf, and that Larry might now be one himself. This is quickly determined to be true when he follows her to the cemetary where Bela is being buried, and he transforms into a wolf, spots a gravedigger, and kills him.
|Bad boy! Baaaaad!|
Again, Larry goes to his father, who again claims that Larry's not a werewolf; he's just a bit crazy! And Sir John figures the best way to cure Larry is to strap him into a chair and leave him alone. Brilliant!
|So...You're single, are you?|
|Help us down! We're scared!|
Derek likes the movie, overall, but he has issues with what an instant creeper Larry is when he sees Gwen. He also wants to know what the deal was with Bela's upsetting facial hair. You would think there would be issues with the Wolfman himself, but really, the Sam Elliot-ness of Bela's mustache is incredibly distracting.
Larry really likes the sets in this one. But he has problems with Bela becoming a straight-up wolf, but Larry only turns into a Wolfman. What's up with that? He, like the others, also has an issue with Larry's complete lack of an accent when everyone else int he movie has one. It's weird.
Jake liked it, but he has a problem with the woods, where most of the action happens. Why is everyone always going out there in the middle of the night? Why are they usually doing so alone? And what's with the group of hunters? Do they live there? And why is their "shelter" a clump of trees where they only stand about three feet off the ground?
So tuck in your flannel shirt, brush your fur, and listen to this week's episode!