Cinema: Howler

WOLFEN Directed by Michael Wadleigh Screenplay by David Eyre and Michael Wadleigh

A rich-as-Rockefeller tycoon and his ice-blond wife are found murdered, their throats torn open but no trace of metal from a weapon in the wounds. Who could have savaged them? Wolves. Or, rather, American Indians who have "shifted shape" and become supernatural "wolfen." They hunt in tribes in decaying slums, preying on "the diseased and those who won't be missed." They never come downtown — until the tycoon's urban renewal plan threatens their turf.

From this nonsense emerges an eerie, seductive thriller that works equally as a...

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