Wolf Castle (Dutch: Wolfkasteel) is a novel written in 1836 by Emmanuel Berger. Infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement, the Wolf Castle is about young Count Van Imhoff, who transforms himself into a wolf and terrorizes the nearby village. The book was inspired by his Piano Concerto No. 4 (Wolf Castle), published in 1834.
Since its publication, the novel has been one of the most popular books of Brunanter literature. It has had a considerable influence across literature and popular culture and has inspired four films over the year, with the 1974 version being the best known.
Plot summary[edit | edit source]
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Abraham, Count Van Imhoff is a young nobleman who secretly turns into a werewolf at night.
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Cultural legacy[edit | edit source]
The character of Count Van Imhoff has remained popular over the years and has been called "Brunant's Count Dracula". A popular idiom, act like Van Imhoff (handelen als Van Imhoff in Dutch), meaning that someone hides a very dark secret about himself, refers to the novel.
Derivative works[edit | edit source]
- 1919: Joseph van Marwijk directed The Wolf Castle, starring Joe Bertin. No known copy of the film has survived.
- 1957: A second film adaptation, Wolf Castle, directed by Edgar Hay, was released. According to Hellraiser, Herbert S. Hosen declined an offer to direct the film. This film adapted the story to the 20th century.
- 1969: Dark Realism author Angus Sanford wrote the novel Before the Full Moon, dealing with the events before those described in the original novel.
- 1974: Ernst van der Boom directed the award-winning Wolf Castle, starring Alexander Neyt and Adrian Coleman.
- 1983: A stage adaptation by Hendrik de Geer opened on 10 March at the National Theater, which ran until August.
- 1990: Hannah Jacobson's short story The Wolf Growls, published in A Macabre Book, is loosely based on Berger's novel.
- 1994-1997: In the comic series Amn3sia, created by Frits, the protagonist must find a serial killer, who fancies himself Count Van Imhoff's heir.
- 2011: The low-budget horror movie The Noble Werewolf emphasizes in Van Imhoff's raids on the village and includes many over-the-top gore scenes.