Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Greatest Werewolf Movie of all Time?


With the age of Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries, the werewolf legend seems to be going to crap. Don't get me wrong, I love True Blood and I love The Vampire Diaries, however, I feel like they are turning the werewolf myth into something less of what it once was. So, I decided to compile a list of some of the best werewolf movies which nicely show werewolves as the bad asses they truly are.



An American Werewolf in London:


In my opinion, one of the best werewolf movies ever made. The movie follows two best friends who are attacked by a werewolf while backpacking through Europe. One dies, one survives...and a new werewolf is made. The film is clever, intelligent, and smart. Plus, it has one of the greatest werewolf transformation scenes on film.

The Howling:

  I LOVE this movie, mostly because it stars the lovely, Dee Wallace. The 1981 film, based on a novel of the same name, follows news anchor, Karen White (Wallace) as she tries recovering from a traumatizing experience she had from her serial killer stalker. White and her husband are sent to a place called "The Colony", which is actually a lovely front for a werewolf den.

Ginger Snaps:
 Ginger Snaps is an awesome girl werewolf movie that cleverly combines the werewolf myth with the change of life. Hey, getting your period SUCKS, but imagine getting it while simultaneously turning into a werewolf? The love between the two sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) is put to the test and the results are completely heart wrenching. The 2000 cult hit had two sequels, but this one is definitely the best.

The Wolf Man:
  This 1941 classic was one of the first films to feature the werewolf legend--how could I not include it on the list? The familiar story follows a young man who is attacked by a mysterious creature upon his arrival back home. Soon, he discovers that he is infected by the mark of the beast and will soon turn into a wolf himself!

Dog Soldiers:

The 2002 British hit features a group of six soldiers who are dropped down into the Scottish Highlands. What they thought to be a routine mission, turns out to be a fight for their survival. The soldiers are attacked and stalked by dog-like beasts living in the woods, prompting them to seek refuge inside an old farmhouse. When the boys meet up with a zoologist, they soon learn what is after them and  realize that they are in even bigger trouble than they imagined.

Didn't see your favorite on the list? Comment below!


11 comments:

Horror Fan said...

I love An American Werewolf in London and The Howling. Great list. :)

Amanda said...

I do really love those two but if I had to pick a favorite on the list it would have to be Ginger Snaps. We rarely see girls turning into the werewolf and that movie was just overall awesome.

Girl on Gore said...

American Werewolf in London is not only my favorite werewolf movie, its just one of my favorite movies. It holds a nostalgic place in my heart cause I remember watching it with my dad as a kid! Really fun list Amanda!

LadyJ3000 said...

I am so glad to see Ginger Snaps mentioned. It's hands down one of my favorite werewolf movies.

Amanda said...

Yay, I'm so glad to finally hear someone agree with me on Ginger Snaps! It's such a good movie! They need to make more girl werewolf films

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Johnny Biacofsky said...

Your list is probably the perfect "core werewolf films" list. It has all the essentials, from classic ('41 The Wolf Man) to the current horror fan favorites (Dog Soldiers).

I'm a HUGE fan of An American Werewolf in London. Personally I think its the best werewolf film out there still. I actually hold no love for The Howling, but I can't begrudge you putting it on a list such as this because its commonly talked about and loved. I just don't see it, personally.

It doesn't really deserve to be on any "best of" werewolf lists, but did you know even Jack Nicholson made a were wolf movie (Wolf from '94)? I'm sure you do know this. I thought it was pretty good, though. It was kind of like a modern remake of the first modern werewolf film, Werewolf of London. Anyway, I've enjoyed your blog so far.

Amanda said...

Yes, I did see Wolf with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Phfieffer. It was just really hard to compile a list because I wanted to keep it short and sweet. I haven't seen that movie in sooo long too; I LOVE Nicholson.
I don't think The Howling is an AMAAAZING movie by any means; it's sort of campy and ridiculous but there are a few good scare scenes in the film. Plus, as I mentioned, I have a soft spot for Dee Wallace...

Real Queen of Horror said...

I personally love The Howling. I know alot of people don't care for the movie/the series but it's a favorite of mine. Plus Ginger Snaps wasn't too bad, some humorous parts--though I don't think it was supposed to be funny. :x

Amanda said...

I think that Ginger Snaps was intentionally trying to be funny at certain points. I loved Mimi Rogers character; a few scenes with her and the husband were funny. I just thought it was a really good indie horror

Aaron said...

Great list... I love all of those (although I prefer WEREWOLF OF LONDON to the original WOLF MAN). GINGER SNAPS and AMERICAN WEREWOLF are two favorites of mine period. Other werewolf movies I dig are COMPANY OF WOLVES and SILVER BULLET. The second HOWLING movie is awful but fun.

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