This is for those of you looking for some really good, or just silly, and not too scary, werewolf movies to watch on Halloween night.
- Dog Soldiers (2002)
A group of soldiers, on a training exercise, are attacked by werewolves. They hunker down in an isolated house, with a mysterious young woman, in an effort to survive the night.
This movie is definitely the movie to watch if you are into werewolf movies. It has a …And Then There Were None type of plot, which makes it very suspenseful. The characters are brave and likable, and there’s real chemistry among the actors. This is a movie that relies more on action than atmosphere. I lauded this movie in an earlier post.
2. American Werewolf in London (1981)
This is one of the classic 80’s werewolf Horror Comedies. An American tourist, named David, is attacked by a werewolf, after being warned to stay off the moors. He survives, and after a visit from his dead friend, begins to suspect that he may be a werewolf. The lovely Jenny Agutter is a nurse who falls in love/lust with the tragic lead.
This isn’t my top favorite, but it is worth multiple viewings. There’s just enough comedy in it to alleviate the tension, but there are some truly horrible moments as well, and once again, there’s the typical tragic ending.
3. Howl (2015)
A train car full of people get terrorized by a pack of wolves, after their train car gets stuck in a wooded area. I watched this movie a few times, and I’m still unsure if the accident was deliberately caused by the wolves, or if it really was just an accident that they took advantage of, but I suspect the first. At any rate, the passengers are trapped on the train, and have to fight the traitors, panicked scoundrels, and possible infected, on the train, as well as the predators outside the train. This is a very suspenseful film, but it is one of those movies where you want to throw some hands at all the characters at some point, or just root for the werewolves.
4. The Howling (1981)
After she gets attacked by a stalker, a TV anchorwoman (played by Dee Wallace) goes out to the country, at the behest of her therapist, but she doesn’t know, until its too late, that its village full of werewolves. This movie is another classic from the 80’s, having been released within a few months of American Werewolf. I saw The Howling first, at about fourteen or so, and it was always my campy favorite. I heard a lot about American Werewolf, but didn’t see it until many years later, and I can definitely see why everyone preferred it. The Howling is more of an acquired taste, but if you enjoyed Evil Dead II, this movie is a slightly more sedate version featuring werewolves.
5. Wer (2013)
I talked about this movie before, becasue this is genuinely a good film, although I felt the ending was rather abrupt and it felt unfinished. It could have used another fifteen to thirty minutes to round out the plot. It clocks in at about ninety minutes, and has something of a slow start, but once it gets going, it doesn’t stop. In it, an American defense attorney is called to France to defend a man accused of butchering an American family in the French countryside. She finds that the case is not as cut and dried as it seems, because the man may actually be a werewolf. The production values are pretty good, there’s some amount of gore, and a side story dealing with unrequited love from one of her co-workers.
6. Ginger Snaps (2000)
I talked about the historical sequel to this film, in which two sisters must come to grips with the fact that one of them has become a werewolf, after being bitten by a strange animal, in the woods of their small town. The movie is more about the relationship between the two sisters, who have always held a fascination with death, and are known as the town weirdos. The major themes deal with the transition from adolescence to womanhood, making this movie marginally more intelligent than some other films.
7. Underworld (2003)
This is more of an action movie than a Horror movie but it gets on the list becasue …werewolves! The lore is interesting, and sometimes a little inconsistent, but this is worth the watch, just to see Kate Beckinsale running around in some cool, tight, black leather. he plot involves a constant war between vampires and werewolves. When Selene falls in love with a young man coveted by both sides in the fight, she has to choose a side. There’s a lot close calls, window falls, hand to hand fighting, and naturally, shooting.
8. The Company of Wolves (1984)
This is one of the more artsy werewolf films from the 80s, with the themes of Little Red Riding Hood, and womanhood, vs adolescence. Its a series of fairy tale like stories told by a grandmother to her granddaughter, in an effort to warn her about men who might take advantage of her, so there is no linear plot, but there is a through line of men being compared to wolves, and contains some interesting imagery of people turning into wolves. It was created by the same director of Interview with A Vampire, Neil Jordan.
9. Full Eclipse (1993)
This movie is utterly ridiculous, but its still one of my 90’s favorites, I do not care how bad it is. It was made in ’93, but its full of every silly 80’s cop trope, a person can think of, including, but not limited to jumping over a car, during a foot chase, while shooting two guns, a bad boy cop, his blond love interest, and a special force of cops created to take back the streets from the criminals. I don’t remember nan’ thing about any of the criminals in this movie, because the focus is all on the group of cops, who decided that becoming werewolves, to fight crime, was a good idea. I think this is free on Youtube.
10. What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
While the movie is definitely about four vampires in a “flatting” situation in Wellington, there are werewolves in this movie, and are some of the funniest werewolves ever put in a movie. They almost steal the movie, and I would love it if they had a movie of their own.
During the adventures had by the vampires in the film, their human friend Stu, gets bitten, becomes a werewolf, and through the actions of his best mate (himself a vampire), becomes the catalyst for peace between the two long-feuding groups.
These are some of the nicest werewolves (lame comebacks aside) ever filmed. They disavow swearing, and chain themselves up in the woods, during the full moon, to prevent bringing harm to humans. I know some people were not impressed by this movie, but you have to watch it just to see the four vampires interacting with the other monsters, who live in Wellington.