Bite The Silver Bullet: 5 Movie Werewolves
Forget the glitter-heavy, moody monsters of your little sister's cinematic tastes and bite the silver bullet with these 5 movie werewolves. Why be afraid of the sun when you have the option of just a few bad days during a full moon instead? Embrace your animal instincts and have a burger tonight all while howling at the stars and frightening the local cat population.
"An American Werewolf in London" If there's one thing besides deduction that Sherlock Holmes stories have taught us, it's that the moors in the UK are freaking scary and should be avoided, especially at night. Horror piles upon horror as two friends go traveling and one ends up killed but not quite gone while the other gets hospitalized and ends up with the unpleasant side effect of being a werewolf. Without CGI, the makeup and prosthetics reign supreme and do a job that should never be considered kitschy no matter how much time goes by. An excellent werewolf movie that pulls no punches in conveying the horror of a supernatural disease and the fallout from that curse.
"Dog Soldiers" Almost a single-set movie, "Dog Soldiers" throws the military mindset against a new enemy and succeeds. A small unit is trapped in a semi-abandoned country home with werewolves all around. The war takes place not just against the werewolves but in the clashing personalities as the unit's minder had full knowledge of the creatures and brought them into this hell purposefully. With plenty of tension, violence and intelligent strategy that utilizes the small amount of resources they have at hand, this movie kicks amounts of butt that bigger budget films don't even come close to. A must-have for any werewolf movie collector or any budding filmmaker.
"Silver Bullet" Stephen King throws his hat into the cave with this werewolf movie. "Silver Bullet" features an atypical hero of a handicapped boy who figures out what is really going on behind the murders in his town. Promoting the underdog feel of the film, it's the alcoholic uncle who believes the kid while the authoritarian reverend, the voice of God, is the werewolf. When you take a werewolf, a young Gary Busey and kids going toe to toe with serious evil, you have a werewolf movie that needs to be added to your collection ASAP.
"Underworld" Like peanut butter and poisonous chocolate, vampires and werewolves don't mix well together. "Underworld" takes the classic monster fight to a historical level where the werewolves have been slaves to their vampire lords and, therefore, have a legitimate chip on their shoulder for their consuming distrust and hatred of the undead. With a modernization of warfare for the genre, this film still throws in plenty of paw to fang action. Couple all the good with CGI-enhanced transformations that are a far jump from terrible masks, "Underworld" is a great werewolf film for those ready for a werewolf hero and a renovated mythos.
"Wolf" Much like "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Wolf" is a good movie as long as you stop watching it well before the actual ending. Nicholson plays the recently bitten role to perfection as he slowly takes on the traits of the wolf. The werewolf bite he receives takes him down the path to alpha male human through transitional phases that blend in perfectly with the corporate hierarchy that surrounds his daily routine. It is only when his business rival heads down the same path that the film deviates from a supernatural corporate story into a devolved bitefest. Terrific dark humor and Nicholson's performance create a great movie werewolf.