Feb 03 2009
It seems like the recent vampire craze is finally dying down a bit, but undead bloodsuckers have been hogging the spotlight from their feral counterparts forever. I’ve always been a werewolf kind of guy (and not because I have to wax my back), and after looking around a little bit, I realized that there happens to be a pretty decent amount of werewolves in movies, too. Will there be a werewolf craze in the near future, or are werewolves monsters that people just can’t relate to? Either way, here’s a look at eleven memorable movie werewolves:
Scott Howard – Teen Wolf
Scott Howard was tired of being an average teenager, ignorant of the history of lycanthropy that ran in his family. Transforming into a wolf made Scott the most popular kid in school in addition to increasing his basketball skills by a factor of at least 100. Scott got a big head from all the attention, and ultimately decided that he needed to pass life’s tests without turning into a wolf. F*ck that – I would have stayed a wolf and gone to the NBA, making millions and slaying groupies.
Todd Howard – Teen Wolf Too
Todd is Scott’s cousin, and while at Hamilton college, he turns into a wolf and suffers the same ego boost that Scott had. His athletic prowess increaded a ton, too, except Todd’s sport of choice was boxing. Apparently, there’s also something about lycanthropy that makes those afflicted with it break out into song. What, you don’t remember Todd Howard’s moving version of Do You Love Me?
Larry Talbot – The Wolf Man
Larry Talbot is probably the most famous movie werewolf, and The Wolf Man was the film that introduced the concepts of silver being harmful to werewolves and transformation occurring during a full moon. A remake of this movie (what movies don’s have remakes or reboots nowadays?) is scheduled to be released sometime this year and stars Benicio Del Toro.
The Wolfman – The Monster Squad
There isn’t too much we know about the Wolfman from the Monster Squad, but fortunately, we do know very one crucial fact: Wolfman’s got nards.
David Kessler – An American Werewolf in London
David Kessler is backpacking through the Yorkshire moors when he’s attacked by what appears to some sort of animal. Of course, that animal was a werewolf, and David subsequently endures an incredibly painful transformation into a werewolf. David made for one nasty werewolf and managed to kill several citizens of London before he’s finally shot down by the police.
William Corvinus – Underworld: Evolution
According to Underworld mythology, William – the son of Alexander Corvinus – was bitten by a wolf and became the first Lycan. William’s brother Marcus was bitten by a bat and became the first vampire. What are the chances that two brothers suffer bites from a bat and a wolf? Seriously, who gets bitten by a bat?
Will Randall – Wolf
Jack Nicholson could probably play a pretty good werewolf without any makeup at all, so his portrayal of publishing editor Will Randall is a lot of fun to watch. Sure, Randall does all the typical werewolf/animalistic kind of stuff, but he also adds a little pissing all over the place for good measure.
Reverend Lowe – Silver Bullet
Reverend Lowe is a deceptive scumbag, but the strangest thing about him isn’t that he’s a werewolf. It’s that he lost an eye to a rocket that was fired from a wheelchair. You don’t hear about that too often.
Captain Richard Ryan – Dog Soldiers
The lone survivor of a mysterious attack on his special forces team, Ryan turns into a werewolf and attacks a squad of British Army soldiers. Like so many werewolves before him, it’s silver that does him in, in the form of a letter opener.
Eddie Quist – The Howling
Eddie, a rapist and murderer, abandons the idea that werewolves can live with humans without butchering them. He prefers the way things used to be when werewolves could do whatever they wanted without being scrutinized by other, more modern-thinking werewolves. Acid isn’t enough to stop Eddie, but our old friend the silver bullet manages to do the deed just fine.
Remus Lupin – Harry Potter and the Prisonewr of Azkaban
One of Harry Potter’s professors, Lupin does his best to hide his lycanthropy, but of course, Harry discovers Lupin’s true nature. With the exception of the Howard Boys, Lupin is the only werewolf in this article that isn’t a bloodthirsty killing machine when he’s in his wolf form. He’s forced to tender his resignation to Hogwarts anyway.
Are there any werewolves you thought should have been included? I mean, besides the craptastic CGI piles of feces that appeared in Van Helsing? Lemme know!
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