“American Werewolf in London” (1981)
Two American tourists get attacked by a beast while walking through the English countryside. One of them dies and the other becomes—guess what— a werewolf. David, the newborn lycanthrope, is visited throughout the movie by his dead friend in what at first seem like dreams. The absurdities of these dreams include his family being butchered by Nazi werewolves and meeting all of his victims in a movie theater. The horror-humor mash-up is something to howl at in this ‘80s horror classic, which also features a full frontal human to wolf transformation.
Are they very smart wolves or werewolves is the question in this movie. The seriousness with which this werewolf film takes itself is something to howl at. Scientific and spiritual examinations of the essence of Wolfness abound without barely ever showing a wolf. We do get to see the result of the attacks, but still the question begs… By what or whom? Ancient canid beast, or homo-canidae, AKA werewolf?
“The Wolfman” (2010)
Benecio del Toro practically looks like a wolf in real life without any special makeup. Add movie makeup magician, Rick Baker’s academy award quality FX and you get something truly terrifying. Gothic romance and big Hollywood gore give the audience something to howl at in this werewolf movie.