5 Werewolf Movies For Halloween

A German woodcut of werewolf from 1722.

A German woodcut of werewolf from 1722. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Halloween is a little over a week away.  And, given the nature of the holiday, it seems only fitting that we have a few flicks that are appropriate for the season.

As usual, my recommendations are made based off movies that I’ve seen.  Ginger Snaps may be a great werewolf movie, but I have not seen it, so I can’t suggest it.

WARNING: THERE COULD BE SPOILERS AHEAD

Cover of "The Wolf Man (Special Edition) ...

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1) The Wolf Man (1941)

One of the classics of the Universal Monster movies.  Lon Chaney plays Larry Talbot, a man who is unfortunately cursed to become a werewolf.  This is the werewolf movie, the one which all others are judged by.

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

Universal upped the ante with this as two of their legendary monsters meet in this classic.  A direct sequel to The Wolf Man, and a part of the Frankenstein movies, Lon Chaney returns as Larry Talbot, seeking a release from the curse that turns him into a beast under the full moon.  He hopes that his salvation may come in the form of Frankenstein’s Monster, this time around played by Bela Lugosi.

Cover of "The Beast Must Die"

Cover of The Beast Must Die

3) The Beast Must Die (1974)

A twist on the werewolf movie.  Big game hunter Tom Newcliffe wants a new trophy: a werewolf.  In his pursuit, he gathers a collection of house guests, each of whom have some connection to werewolves.  The big twist is that the audience does not know who the werewolf is.  The secret is kept throughout the movie, even to the point where the movie stops to give the audience a chance to guess who is the monster.

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4) An American Werewolf in London (1981)

A modern classic.  John Landis creates a movie that leaves the viewer wondering if David Kessler is going mad… at least until the famous transformation scene.

Cover of "Underworld (Widescreen Special ...

Cover of Underworld

5) Underworld (2003)

Similar in mood to the White Wolf World of Darkness role playing game, Underworld pulls us into a world were werewolves and vampires have been fighting for centuries.  Stylish and dark.

And one bonus television show…

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Doctor Who: Tooth and Nail

The Doctor and Rose find themselves in Scotland, protecting Queen Victoria from a band of murderous monks and one very nasty lycanthrope.

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About chyrondave

Avid comic reader, amateur writer, music fan, and someone with opinions, lots of opinions.

Posted on October 22, 2012, in Lists, Media, Movies, Personal, Television, The Fives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. What about The Howling; which still features the best transformation scene of any werewolf film?

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