Love them lycanthropes! New trailer for 2010’s “The Wolfman”

Although it was initially thought that 2009 was going to be the Year of the Wolf. As it turns out, 2009 has been split down the middle, dominated by vampires and zombies making a huge comeback. In spite of all of the mania surrounding the Twilight series of films’ latest, lycanthrope-laden flick, New Moon, the wolves have wisely backed away out of firing range of Sarah Palin’s sniper helicopters and plan to come out of hiding in 2010.

Leading the pack in their onslaught on theatres in 2010, werewolves are poised to strike with a remake of The Wolfman. One of Universal’s most iconic horror films, The Wolfman is the latest in a string of horror movies that are reaching back into the catalog for ideas to splash up onto the silver screen.

It seems that there are a few subtle differences in the new Wolfman flick to differentiate it from the 1941 classic starring Lon Chaney, Jr. For starters, Benecio Del Toro has been cast in the role of Lawrence Talbot. The reluctant werewolf no longer goes by the more easily accessible “Larry” Talbot as he did in the original. Nope. This time around, the filmmakers decided to nix the (more interesting and less explored) post-WWI time period in favor of the Victorian era. (Which has been done to death already, pardon the pun.) Stepping into Claude Raines’ role as Larry… err… “Lawrence”‘s father is Sir Anthony Hopkins. A gander at the trailer reveals the elder Talbot to be less sympathetic to his son’s rather hairy predicament than Raines’ interpretation in the original yielded.

Check out the “Before” and “After” transformation of Del Toro’s character in makeup:

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The new remake of The Wolfman is slated for a February 10, 2010 release. If your curiosity has been piqued, you can check out the trailer for The Wolfman here.

Start stocking up now on some werewolf costumes and masks of your own and start combining them with some Victorian duds to craft your own look well in advance of 2010. Gypsy costumes may also find themselves on the rise as well. After all, who else is going to tell the big hairy guy that even a man who is pure of heart isn’t quite safe from a need for some serious man-scaping once the wolfsbane blooms?

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