Even a man who is pure in heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
and the autumn moon is bright.
As I have written recently, I am introducing my twelve year old daughters to the classic Universal Studios monster movies. The one that we have liked the best so far has been The Wolf Man. With fewer plot holes than many of its contemporaries and a smattering of witty dialogue from one of the better screenwriters of the genre, Curt Siodmak, the film ages well. Amidst the deftly wielded special effects, there is the decently crafted story of a man who clearly questions his own sanity when faced with an unbelievable truth.
Part morality tale, part cautionary treatise, the film walks a well balanced line and rarely falters. Lawrence Talbot is essentially a man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, something that can happen to anyone no matter their station in life.