Sunday, November 29, 2009

We interrupt this Vampire...

...for a foray into the beasties that howl at the moon and make us shiver (both with fear and desire).  I know, how dare VampChix talk anything but vamps?  Well, I'm going to guess that if you love vampires you, at the very least, may like werewolves.  Check the poll to the right—werewolves are winning.  And since a certain movie is drawing more attention to the hairy dudes lately, I wanted to dedicate this day to them.


My first experience with a werewolf was the movie AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON.  I think it was my first horror movie ever.  (If you don't count the furless bear oddity called Prophecy.)  While an excellent movie, this one freaked me out.  While it was probably an amazing example of what can be done to illustrate shapeshifters on film, it just scared the crap out of me.  Werewolves were not nice things.  They were vicious, blood-hungry creatures.  I didn't see another werewolf movie for over a decade.  And that one was a weird little sleeper of a romance...








MAD AT THE MOON starred Mary Stuart Masterson as one of those western chicks who lives on the range and wears prairie skirts and is very proper.  Until a sexy gunslinger shows up and sweeps her off her feet.  Only thing is he disappears every full moon.  I don't recall if the movie ever actually showed the hero all wolfed-out, but it was suspenseful in a gushy romantic kind of way.  Okay, so maybe werewolves weren't that bad.







My next media experience with werewolfery was the odd Canadian television series for kids, BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS.  Dorky and shamelessly cheesy, it laughed at itself.  I actually liked Merton, the goth-wannabe/werewolf's geeky friend the best.

I know!  Look at that picture.  The makeup for the werewolf (who is a high school football star when not howling at the moon) was uber-goofy.  But it didn't matter.  The show was just lots of laughs.  I wish this one was out on DVD.  I would be first in line for it.


So yeah, werewolves can be fun, as well as dangerous.  Take a look at the paranormal romance genre.  The vampire used to be king, but watch out, werewolves are sneaking up on the fanged ones.  Why do women like to read stories with a werewolf as hero?  Or even vampires, for that matter.  This is my theory.  Vampires offer the surrender fantasy.  Will she surrender to him and let him bite her?  Werewolves offer the safety fantasy.  The werewolves of romantic fiction tend to be family men, fiercely protective of their pack and what is their own.  Their own, is the heroine.  Also, there's the 'taming the beast' fantasy, which works with both weres and vamps.



One of my favorite werewolves is Lucien from Underworld.  In the first movie he came off as the villain, until...(no spoilers; but if you've seen the movie, you know how nicely done Lucien's heroic arc was handled).  I was especially pleased he got his own movie in the recent Underworld III.  I have my fingers crossed the movie makers will have the desire to fill in the space from the time Lucien was freed from his slavery to modern times where the first movie began.  When did he make the bargain with Kraven?  How did that all go down?  Make that movie fast before Michael Sheen gets too old to play the part!


There are so many awesome werewolves, both on the silver screen and in books.  Let's chat wolves today!  Which ones are your favorites? 

11 comments:

Book Chick City said...

I loved American Werewolf in London, it's one of my all time favourite movies. The combination of horror and humour was executed brilliantly. Can't believe it's 28 years old and I still love it :)

BookWhisperer said...

My husband just bought me a early christmas present I recieved the Underworld Trilogy. I had the first movie, but this has all three. On that note I have to say my fave Were has to be Lucian

Nicole_Hadaway said...

I love the effects in American Werewolf -- I know CGI is popular and probably cheaper these days, but John Landis's effects were more realistic. The same goes for The Howling -- scariest werewolf movie for me! The change scenes, and the one where she's looking through the filing cabinets and looks up -- aaaaahhhhhh!

Dog Soldiers is also a great flick, and I need to see Ginger Snaps with the female werewolf. Also, Cursed is pretty good too, I like how Wes Craven blends horror and humor. I'd rather be the vampire, but werewolves are intriguing too..

Also, the guy who plays Lucien is Arlo (Volturi leader) in New Moon... And vampire Stephan in Vampire Diaries played a werewolf in the 2000 TV series Wolf Lake. I love crossovers like that!

Michele Hauf said...

I love Michael Sheen as an actor; he is one of the best. I have no desire to see New Moon though because I didn't read the books. I heard Sheen is only on screen about five minutes, so I don't feel like I'm missing anything.

What I really want to see is Being Human, the BBC series that features a vamp, were and ghost all living together. I wonder when that one will be out on DVD?

Rain Maiden said...

I really love Kresley Cole's werewolves. I can't describe it, but they are hawt.

Shauna said...

Staying clear of my usual YA talk, I LOVE Lucien from Underworld!!! I wanted more of him. :) I'd say he's my favorite.

I haven't seen some of the others mentioned here, but will have to check them out!

Werewolves are a nice subject too, good assumption Michele. :)

Witchy Woman said...

I would like to say first & foremost I'm a vamp girl, but weres come in as a close second.
If we're talking movies-An American Werewolf in London was awesome. If we're talking books, Donna Lea Simpson's "Awaiting the Moon" is my absolute favorite read. It is hot! hot! hot! I love Count Nikolas von Wolfram. That hero will bring out the wolf in any woman. (ha,ha)

heidi87 said...

I have to say I love vampires but werewolves are coming up there. I love the books out there right now that are using weres as their hero's. Keri Author, Riley is an awesome werewolf and her brother. Mercy, maybe a werefox but her family are all werewolves and even her lover. My heart maybe true to vampires but werewolves are coming up in my heart.
Heidi S

Moonsanity said...

As far as movies, it's Lucien all the way. Sigh. Though the New Moon hunks are nice, they are young and kind of nice, while Lucien is just tortured, you know?

Books give me a MUCH harder choice. Adam from the Patricia Briggs books REALLY does it for me. Wow, is all I can say. But then there are the wolves in the Anita Blake books too:)

Shauna said...

I forgot my favorite for books. He's Clayton in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstong (no he's not the narrator since it's a mostly female series). He is a hot, strong, smart and loyal werewolf; he's got it all!!! *sigh*

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