Wolfen (1981)


The movie Wolfen (1981) is a horror-mystery film directed by Michael Wadleigh and based on the novel The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber. The story follows NYPD Detective Dewey Wilson, played by Albert Finney, who is assigned to investigate a series of violent murders in which the victims appear to have been killed by animals.

The movie Wolfen (1981) takes place in New York City, where a wealthy real estate developer and his wife are found brutally murdered in their home. Detective Wilson is called in to investigate the case, and he soon discovers that the killings may have been committed by a pack of intelligent and deadly wolves that are able to shapeshift into human form.

The movie explores themes of Native American mythology, environmentalism, and the consequences of human encroachment on nature. As Detective Wilson delves deeper into the case, he learns about the legend of the Wolfen, a tribe of wolf spirits that are said to protect the natural world from human destruction. He also discovers that the real estate developer was planning to build a new development on sacred Native American land, which may have angered the Wolfen and led to their retaliation.

The movie Wolfen (1981) combines elements of mystery, suspense, and supernatural horror.


  • Albert Finney as Detective Dewey Wilson
  • Diane Venora as Rebecca Neff
  • Edward James Olmos as Eddie Holt
  • Gregory Hines as Whittington
  • Tom Noonan as Ferguson


  • The movie Wolfen (1981) was released the same year as An American Werewolf in London and The Howling, but did not achieve the same level of box office success.
  • The film features special effects by Rick Baker, who also worked on An American Werewolf in London.
  • The movie Wolfen (1981) was praised for its use of Native American mythology and its commentary on environmental issues.



Last updated byAnonymous on November 1, 2023