“Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night…”
The werewolf hasn’t done well in film. Compared to the vampire, few werewolf films have been made. It’s not surprising. A set of cheap fangs and a video camera, and you can make a low budget vampire thriller. But werewolves require more skilled makeup. And the traditional story doesn’t open itself up to as many variations. But the number of werewolf films are not as troubling as the quality. The 1940s were host to a number of excellent pictures, particularly The Wolf Man, but the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s offered mainly unbelievable, poorly acted, and pitifully filmed low budget failures. Things looked up for the lupines at the start of the ’80s when An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, and Wolfen rewrote the old stories, keeping some of the old, but with a modern twist. However, it turned out to be just three films, not a movement, as the following years produced little to excite fans. In the last few years, CGI has taken over, with mixed results.
This list will include all Lycanthrope films, not just werewolves. Any film involving animal/human shape changing fits (unless the shape changer has another label—vampires who change to bats or wolves don’t count). The list will include movies where the lycanthrope is not the main monster.
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Werewolf Films Sorted by Year:
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