More than anything, “The Wolf Hour” suggests an unfinished “Twilight Zone” episode, one that teases an explosive, possibly supernatural payoff before fizzling out. Set in the South Bronx in the sweltering summer of 1977, this psychological drama centers on June (Naomi Watts), an agoraphobic writer four years into spending a hefty advance for her second novel. Tormented by trauma that’s somehow linked to her celebrated debut, June smokes and paces, her whole body crackling with distress.
Unfolding almost entirely inside the filthy, trash-strewn apartment that once belonged to June’s grandmother, “The Wolf Hour” paints a portrait of mental instability coated in sweat and cigarette ash. Outside the open