Anthony Head, international actor and star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, sets out to find out the truth behind the werewolf myth. Are they real or just the stuff of myth, folklore and Hollywood movies? Most of us are familiar with the idea of a werewolf: someone who can change into a wolf-like creature with an appetite for blood, but how did these tales come about and how have they been accepted as fact? Anthony Head travels around Europe, first to Greece where he delves into a 2,000-year-old account of werewolves and human sacrifice, and then to France where he uncovers the medieval tale of the most devastating attack by a werewolf - the Beast of Gévaudan - who tore off the heads of his victims. But not all tales come from the past and a modern tale of one of these terrifying beasts is revealed by Anthony Head. He meets with werewolf experts and discusses the possibility of whether werewolves are a form of delusion and a product of a disturbed mind, a person with a genetic problem, or... Written by
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Anthony Stewart Head (the presenter) and others talk about Mount Lykaion, which means "Wolf Mountain." (The word is related to the Latin terms "Lupus," wolf, and "lupine," wolf-like.) Many bizarre and unpleasant myths are associated with this ridge of two peaks, including transformations into werewolves and human sacrifice. These are merely myths, though. Lykaion is a magnet for archaeologists, and may become a tourist destination. See more
Anthony Head - Presenter
When I was in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', the part I played, Giles, was the fount of all knowledge when it came to the world of the occult. And I have to say that Giles's fascination with the paranormal has left me a little curious. To discover why, in a time of apparent scientific enlightenment, the supernatural should be as important to us today as it was hundreds of years ago, I'm going in search of a creature that taps into our basest instincts. I'm going deep into the lair of ...