This film while having its roots in the 1941 Lon Chaney Jr version takes influences from Hammer (Curse of the Werewolf) as well as the original. Benicio plays it down, Hopkins hams it up and Emily Blunt is gorgeous but under-used. The effects and make-up are brilliant, the transformations are VERY believable apart from a split second of dodgy cgi around the eyes at one point.
The effect of running on all-fours which caused such a long delay is SO well done and was well worth waiting for.
The cane - which played such a big part in the original - is occasionally picked out by the camera but apart from that is unused rendering it really rather pointless. Likewise the medallion has little point, and the masked ball shown in the trailer doesn't seem to be in the film - or did I miss it?!
Horror fans MUST see this film it's excellent!!! :)