My first Cinematical Seven feature, written to coincide with the release of The Wolfman on Blu-Ray/DVD two weeks ago, led me to revisit some of my favorite werewolf films, including Wolfen, Michael Wadleigh's (Woodstock) underseen, underappreciated adaptation of Whitley Strieber's (2012: The War for Souls, The Greys, Communion, The Hunger) first novel (it's currently out-of-print). The nature of the article, however, precluded a thorough discussion of Wolfen's merits and/or demerits as a film. Luckily, Wolfen is a good fit for another recurring feature on Cinematical, "Scenes We Love." And yes, there is indeed a scene that fits that description in Wolfen.

Wolfen opens with a grisly attack on a wealthy New York City couple, a real estate developer, Christopher van der Veer (Max M. Brown), and his wife, Pauline (Anne Marie Pohtamo), as they take a post-party, early morning stroll in Battery Park under the watchful eye of their bodyguard. Wadleigh slowly builds tension, using a low-angled Steadicam, specially treated film stock, and audio distortion for the POV (an idea that both looks back at John Carpenter's Halloween and forward to John McTiernan's Predator) of the unseen creatures stalking the van der Veers. Neither the bodyguard, who dies first, nor the van der Veers, see the attackers before its too late.