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Original 1981 Film Poster
Directed by Michael Wadleigh
Produced by Rupert Hitzig
Written by screenplay by
David M. Eyre, Jr. &
Michael Wadleigh
based on the book by
Whitley Strieber
Starring Albert Finney
Diane Venora
Edward James Olmos
Gregory Hines
Tom Noonan
Dick O'Neill
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Gerry Fisher
Editing by Marshall M. Borden
Martin J. Bram
Dennis Dolan
Chris Lebenzon
Studio Orion Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 24, 1981
Running time 115 min
Country United States
Language English

Wolfen is the title of a 1981 horror film starring Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Gregory Hines and Edward James Olmos based on Whitley Strieber's 1978 novel The Wolfen. It was directed by Michael Wadleigh and the screenplay was by David Eyre, Eric Roth (uncredited), and Wadleigh.



NYPD Detective Dewey Wilson (Finney) is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders in which it appears the victims were killed by animals. In his investigation, Wilson learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits, and that there may be predatory shapeshifters living in the vicinity.[1]

Production and release

The film is known for its early use of an in-camera effect to portray the subjective POV of a wolf. Similar to thermography, the technique was later adopted by other horror films such as the Predator series.

The setting for the transient home of the wolves was shot in the South Bronx (intersection of Louis Nine Blvd & Boston Road). The church seen in the opening panorama shot was located at the intersection of E 172nd & Seabury Pl. The shot of this neighborhood is from the north looking roughly S - SE. The decrepit site of ruined buildings was no special effect. It was built (and burned) especially for the film.[2] Urban decay in the Bronx in the early 1980s was so widespread that it was the ideal production setting. Today, this community contains mostly suburban-style privately owned houses.

The Wolfen were not werewolves, but in fact a more advanced version of a wolf which sat above man on the food chain.

Selected premiere engagements of Wolfen were presented in Megasound, a high-impact surround sound system similar to Sensurround. Director Wadleigh was unsatisfied with the final cut of the movie, but so far no director's cut of the film is available.


External links

Whitley Strieber
Novels: The Wolfen (1978) | The Hunger (1981) | Black Magic (1982) | The Night Church (1983) | Warday (1984) | Wolf of Shadows (1985) | Nature's End (1986) | Cat Magic (1986) | Communion (1987) | Transformation (1988) | Majestic (1989) | Billy (1990) | The Wild (1991) | Unholy Fire (1992) | The Forbidden Zone (1993) | Breakthrough: The Next Step (1995) | The Secret School (1996) | Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us (1998) | The Coming Global Superstorm (2000) | The Key (2001) | The Last Vampire (2001) | The Path (2002) | Lilith's Dream: A Tale of the Vampire Life (2002) | The Day After Tomorrow (2004) | The Grays (2006) | 2012: The War for Souls (2007)
Wolfen (1981) | The Hunger (1983) | Communion (1989) | The Day After Tomorrow (2004) | The Grays (2008) | 2012: The War for Souls (2010)


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