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A city cop is assigned to solve a bizarre set of violent murders where it appears that the victoms were killed by animals. In his pursuit he learns of an Indian legend about wolf spirits. Written by
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Director Michael Wadleigh cut of the film that he handed to the studio in Febuary 1980 before his removal from the film in post-production, was over four and a half hours. See more »
Moments before the first murder, the killers stalk their victim (using the "night vision" effect) and pass behind a parked car, revealing the reflection of a bright sunny day in the rear hood of the car when it is supposedly taking place at night. See more »
Highly stylised account of territorial beings protecting their heritage from would be developers. Director Wadleigh offers a surreal, suspenseful tale where mysticism and folklore conjure a modern day nightmare for the residents of a New York city development precinct.
Finney is ideally cast as an unassuming police detective assigned to investigate the apparent ritual slayings of a billionaire developer, his wife and bodyguard in a New York park. Pulsating synthesisers and point-of-view audio-visual cinematography add a sophisticated dimension to this one of a kind movie, that benefits from an unusual cast who excel in their offbeat characterisations.
Perfectly cast is future "Manhunter" (Red Dragon) Tom Noonan as the over-protective zoologist, dancer Gregory Hines as the hip coroner, and Edward James Olmos as the misplaced American Indian whose mystical incantations reveal the true identity of the killer. Reginald Vel Johnson (of "Die Hard" fame) also features in an hilarious bit part as a morgue attendant.
The manufacturers of prosthetic, severed hands make a killing in this movie which revels in its measured use of black comedic undertones. But don't be fooled; this is still a thoughtful, sometimes graphic motion picture that entertains on many levels. The often poetic dialogue and haunting score should keep you curious about this movie enough to want to see it again and again. A real sleeper.
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