|Harriet Von Lupin
Frankie and Bethany have already done some posts on here about horror movies that feature Creatures and vampires, so I thought I'd do something like that. Besides, if your favorite monster is the werewolf (like mine!!), you might have wondered to yourself where all of this comes from.
All cultures in the world have stories of werewolves, or people who could change into some kind of animal. (It isn't just wolves, y'know.) The earliest known descriptions of werewolves go back all the way to the early Greeks, whose literature depicted men who took on the form of wolves for a few days each year, or men who were transformed after they ate human flesh. (Of course, we don't eat humans anymore--with all that prepackaged food and fast-food stuff you eat now, you guys taste terrible! You really are what you eat, y'know!!) But when motion pictures came into vogue, people didn't gravitate to making movies about werewolves right away, mainly because there wasn't as much literary pedigree. Vampires had Bram Stoker's Dracula and Creatures had Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but werewolves didn't have their own books or anything like now.
|Wolf Blood, 1925
|Hull and Oland fighting over the mariphasa
|The Wolf Man, 1941
|Return Of The Vampire, 1944
|I Was A Teenage Werewolf, 1957
After that, werewolves kinda disappeared for a little while. But in 1957, werewolves came back with Michael Landon starring in a teen horror flick called I Was A Teenage Werewolf, in which a troubled kid (Landon) who's got some problems is experimented on by a doctor, who makes him into a werewolf! In 1961, Hammer Films released the super-cool Curse Of The Werewolf, starring Oliver Reed. This one meant that werewolves finally ended up with a literary pedigree, because this movie was based on Guy Endore's 1933 novel The Werewolf Of Paris!
|Werewolves On Wheels, 1971
Werewolves got really goofy in the Seventies, though. (It was a goofy time, but still...) In 1971, we had the first werewolf biker film, Werewolves On Wheels, which became a favorite with those who like so-bad-it's-good movies. (Kinda like our Mad Doc!) Spanish horror star Paul Naschy created a looong series of films that was all about a werewolf named Valdemar Kanisky, but it's generally accepted that one of the best ones was his 1972 film Fury Of The Wolfman. (Of course, he kinda got it wrong, because that film says that werewolves come from Yetis...) And another English film studio called Amicus Productions, which featured a lot of the old Hammer stars, released The Beast Must Die in 1974. But when the Eighties rolled around, werewolves had a banner year in 1981, which saw the release of some of the most famous werewolf films there are: An American Werewolf In London, The Howling, and Wolfen!
|The Beast Must Die, 1974
So if you're looking for a cool film to watch for Halloween, just remember there's plenty of werewolf movies to watch, and maybe with this offering we've given you an appetite for some! And speaking of appetites, I gotta go grab a snack before doing some more Halloween prepping, but we'll be back soon with more cool stuff for The MonsterGrrls' Thir13en For Halloween! See you soon! OWWW-WOOOO!!!
Harriet Von Lupin