A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence but the investigating Inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for generations and tries to find a link between the werewolf and the family, leading to a frightening conclusion. Written by
Graeme Huggan <email@example.com>
Lykanthropia or the werewolf-syndrome is one of the most seldom diseases which is considered belonging to schizophrenia by a part of psychiatry. However, in the legendary versions, the werewolf-motive is often combined with other forms of splitting of personality - like the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-Syndrome. Originally, the werewolf-syndrome is just the believe that the biological border between human and animal can be transgressed. However, the one person who is split at once in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is not transgressing any biological borders, but the ethical border between Good and Evil. For mythological (as well as most common) thinking it is impossible to assume that two exclusive and contradictory logical categories can apply in one and the same individual. If this would be possible, than one person would either split into two different persons, or the two categories would neutralize one another. Since the latter is obviously (according to everyday's experience) not the case, but since the former is neither the case, because we know that one and the same person is either himself and a werewolf or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a horror complex of first rate is born: For the mythological thinking it is completely unacceptable that one body can be the house of two exclusive categories like human and beast or good and evil - like a logical sentence cannot be true and false at the same time.
"The undying monster" is according to my knowledge the first horror movie that treats the werewolf-motive as a disease. We hear about a "neurological pain" and that the physician and friend of the sick lord tried to treat him with a special "poison". However, Hans Brahm's movie is insofar also indebted to the legendary tradition as it sticks with the idea that the disease breaks out only under specific atmospheric constellations and that is shows the inner change from human to werewolf as an outer change from animal to beast (and back).
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