Unlike most sci-fi genres, the werewolf movie hasn’t seem to have reached the bigger audiences just yet. Benicio Del Toro gave it a shot in 2010, with The Wolfman, but failed miserably. So with the vampire hysteria seemingly on the decline and the exhaustion of apocalyptic movies , here’s the ten best werewolf movies to prepare you for the coming werewolf movie hype.
10. The Werewolf of London (1935)
“The Werewolf of London” is probably the earliest werewolf movie released in 1935. The story revolves around a British scientist researching on an antidote for lycanthropy (werewolf enigma). It is ironical that the same scientist transforms into a werewolf when bitten by one in Tibet. The film has crisp and brilliant dialogues with excellent performances by the stars of yore.
9. The Wolf Man (1941)
“The Wolf Man” released in 1941 and directed by Waggner remains a classic even today among werewolf films. The vulnerability to silver bullets was first introduced in this movie, a detail that was shown in many later films of the same type.
8. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
“The Curse of the Werewolf” released in 1961 is among the favorites because of its drama and the profound acting capabilities of Oliver Reed in the lead role.
7. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
One of the best is “An American Werewolf in London” which was released in 1981 and directed by John Landis. The directorial touch was a class apart in this genre of films; it had wry humor as well as spine chilling horror. The special effects of the prosthetics and the amazing makeup by Rick Baker also contributed to the film’s popularity. David Naughton performed excellently in the role of the terrifying werewolf, bringing vividly alive the hateful creature on-screen.
6. The Howling (1981)
“The Howling” directed by Joe Dante and released in 1981 was a real scary movie with gripping drama about a TV reporter in a psychiatric resort. The chills start when she discovers the place is run by werewolves.
5. Wolfen (1981)
“Wolfen” was more of a murder mystery except the culprit turns out to be a werewolf towards the end. This movie was directed by Wadleigh and released in 1981.
4. Bad Moon (1996)
“Bad Moon” is a haunting werewolf movie about a bitten brother who comes to visit his sister and nephew in a far-flung village. This film was released in 1996 and the story gathers momentum when it is evident only the family pet senses the werewolf in the brother.
3. Teen Wolf (1994)
“Teen Wolf” released in 1985 and directed by Daniel is about a werewolf’s son played by Michael J. Fox. The film will always bring a sense of nostalgia for those who were teenagers in the 1980s.This is a film about teen comedy, horror and coming of age apprehensions in those times.
2. Wolf (1994)
“Wolf” released in 1994 is a favorite because of stellar performances by Jack Nicholson as the Wolf, and Michelle Pfeiffer cast opposite him. Even though the story was not very original it was the actors’ complete synergy that kept the tempo of the film and made it keenly interesting.
1. Dog Soldiers (2002)
“Dog Soldiers” was a visually horror film with scenes quite similar to The Howling and Silver Bullet. Released in 2002 and directed by Marshall, the story captures the audience when the soldiers are entrapped in a cottage with limited bullets and prowling werewolves.
And no, we’re not going to include The Wolfman from 2010. This werevolf movie starring and produced by Benicio Del Toro, frankly sucked. In a time when vampire and doomsday movies never been so popular, Del Toro probably figured he would start his own hype, of the werewolf. But the movie lacked depth and the story was as captivating as big pile of dirt. Seemed like the movie emptied its budget on the scenes when Del Toro transform into a werewolf, and consequently forgot the rest of the movie.
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