Hello, one and all, and welcome to another Top 5 List. This time around I’m diving into the world of werewolf movies. The reason for that is … well … I love werewolf movies. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved the genre. My word there are some truly awful werewolf films out there though. If you ever wanted to step into the world of the big bad fuzzies but wanted to avoid stumbling onto something truly naff, these are good places to start. Be warned though, it’s gonna get bloody!
So, let’s get going. As always, in no particular order:
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
I wanted to get this one out of the way early on because it’s pretty much impossible to do a top werewolf anything without including it. That’s with good reason though. The transformation scene in this one is so iconic that it’s still the benchmark that modern transformations are held up against. Practical special effects, dark comedy, and some truly terrifying moments all combine to make this one a classic.
Late Phases (2014)
You may remember this one from my (thus far only) Live Tweet Review. The film can basically be summed up as ‘retired blind war veteran vs. a werewolf’. After the initial attack, the film spends a great deal of time focussing on the lead working through his thoughts and planning for his impending battle with the beasty. Somehow, that works really well though, as it ensures that it’s really easy to root for our hero. The monster design also pretty good and a week bit different to what you’d perhaps expect. A great modern effort.
This is one of the strangest concepts for a film that I’ve found. What do I mean by that? Well, it’s essentially a werewolf movie about office politics. With Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Spader on board, it features what was an A-List cast for the era, and they do a rather spiffing job with the concept. If you want something a little less flashy that avoids the normal plots, this is a good one to go for.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
While not the first to do so, Ginger Snaps does a wonderful job of using the werewolf set up as a metaphor for puberty. Now, the film did manage to spawn both a sequel and a prequel, neither of which are as horrible as you may be led to believe, but they certainly weren’t a patch on the original. The slow transformation works well, and Brigitte’s plight in trying to save her sister Ginger from becoming a monster is compulsive viewing.
Wolf Children (2012)
How could I not include this masterpiece in here? While the only family friendly entry on the list, the film is an absolute must for the genre. What it lacks in the expected bloodshed it makes up for with beautiful storytelling, great animation, and a thoroughly lovable cast. The tale of a single human mother raising her two werewolf pups after their werewolf father dies is perhaps best described as moving and, if you’re looking for something a little lighter than the above to enjoy, this is your best option.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Werewwolves vs. British squaddies. What more could you want? In all seriousness, this is one awesome film. The werewolves are suitably scary, teh action is hard and fast, the story is fun … it’s an easy one to put in any list.
So, there you have it. A short list of some of my favourite werewolf films. And yes, I can count, and I am aware that I listed six films, not five … I just couldn’t choose. Sorry! But, did I miss any of your favourites? Perhaps you thought that The Company of Wolves did metaphors better than Ginger Snaps? Maybe you’d rather see Underworld bump something from the list? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading everybody, I’ll catch ya later!