October is here! The month we spend our nights curled up in a warm blanket, sipping on hot cider and watching horror movie after horror movie. Hurray for Halloween month! In honor of this glorious time I’m having another film flashback. I can’t think of a more perfect time for watching classic horror movies than during Halloween month. Today’s film of choice is the 1956 classic The Werewolf, the first science-fiction, non-supernatural lycanthrope movie to grace the screen.
In The Werewolf two scientists come across a car accident where they find an unconscious man in the wreck. They take the man back to their lab and inject him with a serum they have been working on. This serum turns the man into a murderous werewolf.
The film starts off with our leading man, Duncan Marsh, after he wakes up suffering from amnesia. He wanders off the street and into a bar where he tries to figure out what is going on. He then excuses himself and is followed and robbed by a thug. Duncan and the thug start fighting and amid the sounds of the struggle we begin to hear strange growling noises. Of course, the criminal winds up with his throat ripped out and local law enforcement sets off to track down the stranger who has disappeared off into the night, only to come across wolf tracks out in the woods. This triggers a large-scale manhunt for the culprit.
Poor Duncan is then on the run, lost and confused about what has happened to him and what he has become. He suspects that the scientists who conducted some strange experiments on him have something to do with it.
All in all, it’s a story of a werewolf on the run trying to save himself and find himself all at once. It’s an excellent Halloween month film. The Werewolf is now available on DVD, you can buy it here.