Take a note, Twiddle

A. Quinton — Nov. 29th 2012

Well, I’m all grown up now! I watched The Wolf Man for the first time last, and I did it in good company. I won’t bore you with a review of the film – that would be like reviewing Super Mario Brothers 3 – but I will say that I liked it a lot more than I expected to. It’s amazing that so much of what we consider to be canon in werewolf lore came from Curt Siodmak’s screenplay. As I said in the livestream chat and then on Twitter, I think the 2010 remake could have been significantly improved by emulating the original’s economy (and by including Twiddle).

Much of the hour’s entertainment came from watching the movie with an audience on Synchtube. I’m not a fan of MST3K, but there’s something to be said for sharing a cheesy movie-watching experience with a bunch of like-minded smart alecks. It’s something I’d like to do again, maybe as often as once a month, so if you missed tonight’s viewing (or participated and enjoyed it),  maybe keep the evening of Friday, December 28th open.

  • Craig J. Clark

    Wish I could have joined you last night, but alas, I had a cheesy werewolf movie of my own to fry (namely, 2009’s Wolvesbayne). I may end up devoting an upcoming column to Syfy’s multiple brushes with lycanthropy because I gotta tell you, the results have not been pretty.

  • It always amazes me every time I watch the film just how much of what we consider “classic” lore stems from this seventy year old plus movie (which in mythology isn’t that long of a time.) Just shows how much of a classic this film is. I always like Twiddle, Universal always seemed to put in an odd ball character like him in each of their films.

  • Craig J. Clark

    As oddball characters go, Twiddle is nothing compared to the two drunk Cockney landladies in Werewolf of London.

  • It’s a classic for a reason, it simply works well. Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi…? I got a soft spot for poor Larry Talbot who runs through three or four movies in his epic struggle to find a cue for his curse. And hats off to Curt Siodmak for distilling a jumble of folklore down to a cohesive mythology for his screenplay. It’s no accident that Siodmak’s invention/distillation has become the core mythology for the werewolf.

  • Lew

    I am really sorry I missed this (although 17 hours of flight plus 3 on the ground took a wonderful chunk off my to-read list) but I’m glad you guys had a good time, and you finally popped your Wolf Man cherry.