...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.
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?