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Ye Olde Guide to Werewolf Movies

Don’t worry, this post doesn’t have anything to do with the Twilight franchise.  Although I am tempted to mention the release of the third movie in the series in 175 days. But I will restrain myself.

What I really want to talk about is the movie The Wolfman, starring Benecio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins,  and Emily Blunt, which will be released in theaters on February 12. You can watch the trailer here.  It looks scary and disgusting and altogether awesome.                                         

Jacob Black he ain’t—>


Tales of men (or women) who transform into wolves have been with us for thousands of years, but werewolves didn’t really take off in Hollywood until 1941 with the release of the movie The Wolf Man, starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi. (The movie coming out next month is a remake of the 1941 film). It wasn’t the first movie featuring werewolves, but it was the first really popular one.

Now, everyone knows that werewolves shape-shift under a full moon and are vulnerable to silver, but what many people don’t know is that these “legends” didn’t exist before the 1940s; they were created especially for the film.  The Wolf Man is an iconic movie, and it paved the way for almost seven decades of great werewolf movies, such as:

Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Wolfen (1981)

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Ladyhawke (1985)

Teen Wolf (1985)

An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

Van Helsing (2004)

Underworld (2003)

Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Blood and Chocolate (2007)

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

If you want to see the movie that started it all, you can watch the 1941 Wolf Man in its entirety on YouTube here. If nothing else, watch it too see how much special effects have improved in the last 69 years.

Eva, CLP-Allegheny

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