Thursday, April 29, 2010

Movies that make you want to howl

I think werewolf movies are almost as popular as vampire movies.  I haven't seen that many because I'm a bit squeamish.  Funny, eh, considering I write about vamps and weres?

The last great werewolf movie I saw was the recent THE WOLFMAN starring Benecio Del Toro.  This was a throwback to the old style movies and look at the werewolf more as a man than a wolf.  I liked it, despite the lukewarm reviews.  This one is due out on DVD June 1st.
Lawrence Talbot (Del Toro) is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There, Talbot must confront his childhood demons, his estranged father (Hopkins), his brother’s grieving fiancée (Emily Blunt, The Devil Wears Prada) and a suspicious Scotland Yard Inspector (Hugo Weaving, The Matrix Trilogy). When Talbot is bitten by the creature, he becomes eternally cursed and soon discovers a fate far worse than death. Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is a classic for my generation.  It was probably one of the first movies that really showed a werewolf transformation in an un-cheesy manner (though probably to view the movie today, I would cringe at the cheesy effects).  This one freaked me out, and I guess that's what a great horror movie should do, yes?  I recall that the star, David Naughton, was the Dr. Pepper guy.  And if you're from my generation, you'll know what I mean by that.

While scanning lists of werewolf movies online, I came across this movie, LADYHAWKE.  I've never really thought of it as a werewolf movie before, but it certainly does feature a wolf shifter character, so heck, I'll squeeze it in on this list.  The wolf in question isn't a snarly, scary monster sort, he's just...a wolf.  But he'd do anything to protect his lady, even if he never can be with her when in human form.  Alas, she cannot be with him while in human form either.  When he is human, she is a hawk; when he is a wolf, she is human.  It is truly one of the greatest romances, starring a young Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer.  Matthew Broderick provided the comic relief.  If you're in the mood for romance and some shifty characters I highly recommend this flick.



BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (Le Pacte Des Loups) is an awesome French flick that is loosely based on the legend of the beast of Gevaudin, a werewolf-like creature that was rumored to have slaughtered innocents during the 18th century.  It features some phenomenal action/fight scenes, and was beautifully filmed.  It's got something for everyone: mystery, horror, action, romance, seduction, and sexy Frenchmen.  Vincent Cassel and his wife Monica Belluci star, along with Mark Dascascos (The Iron Chef) and Samuel Le Bihan.  Not a poorly acted role in the bunch.  This is a must see!



MAD AT THE MOON is a sleeper title released in 1992.  It's very subtle and slow and a western.  It's a romance, and you're never really sure if the hero is a wolf or not until the very end.  If you can find this one it's worth a look.
The UNDERWORLD franchise of movies features some awesome werewolves led by their lycan leader, Lucian, well-played by Michael Sheen.  (I, personally, like him much better as a wolf than a vampire a la the Volturi.)  It pits werewolves against vampires throughout the 3 movies, and has some great world building.  The werewolves have an almost feline appearance to their faces, which is interesting.  Who is the bad guy in this world?  It changes and alters depending on whose eyes you're looking through.  Rumors are a fourth in this world is to be filmed, and that it may be 3-D.


I haven't seen GINGER SNAPS but it turns up often on 'the best' lists.  It's adolescent struggles as seen through the eyes of a werewolf.  It is a horror flick, and isn't for the squeamish (like moi; hmm...so that's why I haven't seen it).



Now, that's it for my knowledge on werewolf movies.  I know I'm missing a lot of really great ones, so I'm relying on all you awesome VampChix and VampBoyz to fill us in with a mini review of one of your favorite werewolf movies in the comments.
As the comments come, I'm going to add in the titles everyone is recommending:













SILVER BULLET  (Is that Corey Haim I see peeking through the slash in that poster?)



Ohmygosh!  How could I forget BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE?  I loved this movie.  Geared toward teens, it is a great romance and I love how they show the wolves shifting mid-run.


Remember, all week you have the chance to win a copy of MIDNIGHT CRAVINGS merely by leaving a comment.  [Winners announced on Saturday.]

17 comments:

The Black Count said...

Hello

For me the magnum opus of werewolf films is THE COMPANY OF WOLVES, a metaphorical telling of The Red Riding Hood story directed by Neil Jordan who went on to direct Interview with the Vampire.

Also The Howling is a great Werewolf film, as was the Werewolf TV series from 1987. Also worth a mention is Dog Soldiers and Night of the Werewolf, a Spanish Eurohorror starring the late and great Paul Naschy.

jacabur1 said...

I remember "I'm a Pepper commercials", thought that an American Werewolf in London was the coolest movie when it came out and then saw the 2nd one An American Werewolf in Paris and liked it too! Ladyhawke was such a "bittersweet" love story with the wolf and the hawk only being able to share a heartbeat of time in human form due to being cursed. It truly made me cry but would watch it today in a heartbeat...
The Underworld franchise movies lucked out with Lucien being cast as Michael Sheen, he truly does play a better Were than Vamp....

Now on to the one you have missed out on, Gingersnaps 1&2 believe me are not that bad. The "gore factor" may be what you might be squeamish about Michele, but the stories are pretty good if you ever get to watch the movies...

jackie b central texas

Nicole_Hadaway said...

Ginger Snaps is very interesting because it uses the metaphor of the werewolf for puberty; the lead, Ginger, notices blood dripping down her leg (her first menses) and no sooner does she say "I'm cursed" than a werewolf attacks her. It's really a well-done film.

The Howling is my favorite, and Dog Soldiers is another really good one; I'm old school (from the Dr. Pepper era ;-) and prefer the John Landis effects of AWIL than any CGI ones!

ladystorm said...

I loved The new Wolfman but my fav will always be the old Wolfman. I didn't really care much for Ginger Snaps.

I liked Steven King's Silver Bullet, first time I seen that I was just a kid and my mom was laughing because my cousins and I was half hid under a blanket.

cait045 said...

I haven't seen most of these movies but I love the Underworld series. I have watched them over and over.

cait045 said...

I haven't seen most of these movies but I love the Underworld series. I have watched them over and over.

SandyG265 said...

My favorite werewolf movies are the original Wolfman, Wolf, and An American Werewolf in London

Mama Bookworm said...

The Underworld movies are favorites of mine. I haven’t had the chance to watch The Wolfman yet but hopefully soon. The trailer was fantastic.

Dot S. said...

You haven't mentioned my very favorite Werewolf movie, BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE. This movie is exciting, romantic, action filled but not horrific, which suits me just fine.

s7anna said...

I absolutely adore the Underworld series...here's hoping that they'll come out with another one *fingers crossed*. Thanks for the list because I definitely want to check out The Wolfman & Brotherhood of the Wolf...they both look really good.

I watched Ginger Snaps and I gotta tell ya...I'm a total wuss when it comes to scary movies so this wasn't the movie for me...I was miserable watching it and hid underneath my side pillows the entire time...

hugs,
Anna

Tonya said...

My all time fav werewolf movie is Silver Bullet!!! I love the mystery of trying to figure out who is killing the people in the town. I'm not going to give anything more away for those who haven't seen it. It's one of those movies I can see over and over again. One of my top picks to watch during Halloween season!!:-) A must see movie!!!!!

EdgesAngel23 said...

I didnt really care for Blood and Chocolate all that much...I loved the Underworld movies even though the 3rd one made me cry. I saw a really good werewolf movie called "Cursed" it was actually more of a comedy, but it was still awesome!! Here is the info on it:
"CURSED: One full moon night in Los Angeles, Ellie (Christina Ricci) and her brother Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg) were returning home when an animal glanced off their windshield and caused them to swerve and hit another car. Both are not hurt in the accident, but while helping the girl in the other car, they are attacked and scratched by a big animal. Jimmy believes the animal was a werewolf. Both begin to get an increase in physical strength and keen senses. They discover that what has happened to them is part of a werewolf curse. They must break the curse before they become werewolfs themselves."
I very much recommend it!!
Ashley A
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tetewa said...

I enjoyed all the Underworld movies, they were my favorites! tWarner419@aol.com

Robin K said...

Underworld and Twilight are my favs.

Shauna Kemp said...

I LOVE the Underworld series!!! And, Blood & Chocolate looks awesome, I will check that out. I used to be squeamish, but I think I'm becoming slightly immune more and more so I might give Ginger Snaps a try sometime. Some of the others look great too.

Thanks for the wolf movie suggestions, I JUST updated my Netflix list now! I also saw Cursed on there and added it! =]. Though it will all have to wait until I get through the rest of Buffy and Angel of course now that I got started on those, LOL. Eh hem... Thanks for that, Michele H.! :)

Wolf Week was so fun, thanks! Congrats to the lucky book winners, that's so awesome! =]

Shauna

GB (formerly JD) said...

I'm coming to this party rather late I know, but...

As bad as the title is, I loved 'Dog Soldiers'. A troop of soldiers stuck out in the woods on maneuvers, come across a werewolf pack and then try to spend the rest of the night staying alive. Many levels of awesome.

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