Where would our favorite werewolf movies be today if they didn’t have groundbreaking movies to pave the way? And while the newer movies are filled with great special effects, Dolby surround sound, and makeup techniques and tools that truly transform man to beast, we simply wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for these vintage films. And every now and then, we like to tip our hats to the movies that made it possible for all the great wolf movies that we enjoy today! Pick one of these up this weekend (or all of them) and take yourself back to a time when werewolves were just a tiny bit simpler, but still oh-so-awesome!
The Curse of the Werewolf was released in 1961 and stars Clifford Evans and Oliver Reed. It focuses on the folklore that people born on Christmas Day are destined to be werewolf. [IMDb]
Wolfen was released a bit later, in 1981, but was one of the first werewolf films to give us the wolf’s point of view, including seeing and hearing things just like they do – sharply, and close to the ground! [Moviefone]
The Howling (the original) also came out in 1981 and is still known today for having some of the best werewolf transformations of all time! [Amazon]
The Wolf Man is another werewolf movie that was so great that it begged for a remake, which was recently released in theaters. Although this was the second movie made by Universal Studios, it was also the most successful. [Wikipedia]
An American Werewolf in London was the first werewolf movie to be released by Universal Studios. And while it may not have been as successful as The Wolf Man, it was successful enough to also have a remake of it done. Check out this pseudo-trailer that some clever little devil put together for the original film. The original trailer is simply a reflection of a full moon in a body of water. This one’s much better, I must say! [YouTube]