Hollywood’s Greatest Werewolf Movies of all Time

Marie Skillern| October 11, 2014

The whole roster of Monsters for the annual Scare Fest would not be complete without our favorite Werewolves making a scene for a movie date night. Here are Hollywood’s greatest werewolf movies of all time.

1.)    The American Werewolf in London (1981)

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Written and directed by John Landis, the film chronicles the story of two American backpackers whose close encounter with a werewolf landed one in a hospital and left the other for dead. The survivor apparently learns that they were attacked by a werewolf and will become one on the next full moon.

2.)    The Howling (1981)

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A film based on the novel of the same name, this movie features the ordeal of news anchor Karen White at the hands of a serial killer named Eddie Quist. Their problems arise when they find that Eddie Quist is not what he seems.

3.)    Silver Bullet (1985)

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This 1985 film is based on the Stephen King novella entitled The Cycle of the Werewolf. The film centers on a small town of Tarker’s Mill. Anything is peaceful about this town when one night a series of murders occur. A young boy by the name of Marty believes that the murder was caused by a werewolf.

4.)    Underworld (2003)

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This highly successful film directed by Len Wiseman follows the age old myth regarding our favorite creatures of the night the Vampire and the Lycans (werewolves). The surprising twist to this age old folklore is that they were merely infected by a virus.

5.)    Wolf (1994)

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The film is directed by Mike Nichols and stars Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeifer. The movie focuses on a rather romantic aspect that features the romance between a werewolf played by Jack Nicholson and a human played by Michelle Pfeifer.

6.)    Ginger Snaps (2000)

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This Canadian horror film recounts the tale of two sisters whose fascination with death had quite some dire effects. The film‘s title is a pun on cookie ginger snap and would ultimately refer to when one loses self control.  This ultimately deals with the ordeal of one of the sister named Ginger who suffered the curse of lycanthropy despite her sister’s efforts to rid her of the curse.

7.)    The Wolf man (1941)

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Directed by George Waggner, the film centers on the character of Larry Talbot Jr. whose return to his hometown in Llanwelly, Wales to reconcile with his estranged father. There he uncovers a notorious and deadly family secret about one particular creature of the night. This movie has influenced the succeeding werewolf movies.

8.)    Van Helsing (2004)

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Starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale, the film revolves around the age old battle against the vampires and werewolves with the humans in between. The vigilante Van Helsing is based on the character created by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula. He is sent on a mission to kill the infamous Dracula.

9.)    The Wolf Man (2010)

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Starring Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt, the Wolf Man of 2010 is a remake of the 1941 film regarding Larry Talbot’s discovery of his family secret and his eventual ordeal of becoming a werewolf.

10.) Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

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The third of the Underworld franchise, the film centers on the origins and the events that eventually led to the Vampire-Lycan war. Chronologically, it is the first and the prequel to all the Underworld movies in the franchise. It focuses mainly on the character of Lucian, the first ever werewolf born creature.


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