Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hour of the Wolf

Hour of the Wolf is a 1968 Ingmar Bergman psychological/horror film starring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann. I am alone in my family for liking Bergman's films, but I always seem to get into them.

You can watch it online at or via Youtube:

Empire Online concludes, "A must for fans of horror and of Bergman. So good it makes you wish he had dabbled in the genre that bit more often." Bright Lights Film Journal has an article. Moria gives it 4 out of 5 stars. DVD Talk gives it a positive review. says,
Explained in the film’s tagline, “The hour of the wolf is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. It is also the hour when most children are born.” And so the audience must decipher whether these fears and demons are physical or psychological.

The New York Times says, "it is unthinkable for anyone seriously interested in movies not to see it." Time Out calls it "A brilliant Gothic fantasy".

Roger Ebert says, "if we allow the images to slip past the gates of logic and enter the deeper levels of our mind, and if we accept Bergman's horror story instead of questioning it, "Hour of the Wolf" works magnificently." Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 88%.

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