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Werewolves of Television

As a general rule, werewolves have never held the same appeal for the general public, the “commoners” as I like to call them, as has the vampire. Buffy, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Strain; there’ve been plenty of vampires on the boob tube. Werewolves, not so much. There have been occasional exceptions, though. Check out this list of the top television Lycanthropes as evidence thereof. The short-lived WOLF LAKE. The cartoon werewolves of DRAK PACK and GROOVIE GHOULIES. (I don’t even remember this last one.) Eddie Munster. (We tend to forget, or at least I do, about little Eddie, but he qualifies.) The Alien Werewolves of DR. WHO. (Wait, there were ALIEN WEREWOLVES?! Maybe I should have been watching DR. WHO all along.) Ned Flanders got turned into a werewolf on an episode of THE SIMPSONS. (Is that show even still on the air? It is? HOW?!) Then there are George from BEING HUMAN and Oz from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Oh, and since this list was initially compiled to promote the series TEEN WOLF, I suppose I should mention that one, too.

My two favorites by far also made the list. WEREWOLF was a short-lived series on the fledgling Fox network. So underrated! It was moody, atmospheric, and featured a cool-as-hell werewolf design by the legendary Rick Baker. It deserves to be sought out. (Get this series a proper release on DVD, dammit!) And while Quentin Collins of DARK SHADOWS also made the list, he was only one of several werewolves on the show. The Chris Jennings werewolf was far more integral to the overall plot.

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763


The Evil Cheezman • June 1, 2017

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