Werewolf Movies!!!

by paulwalsssh | created - 09 Jul 2012 | updated - 09 Jul 2012 | Public

Werewolves are great! They kill sissy vampires, are truly monstrous, and operate under a strict sense of instinct. Here are some cool movies to check out! Once again, as always, no order present, just a listing :)

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1. Romasanta (2004)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror

An uproar is caused when some mutilated cadavers are discovered, giving way to the legend of the "Werewolf of Allariz". A traveling vendor rolls through the forest in his old wagon. A woman... See full summary »

Director: Paco Plaza | Stars: Julian Sands, Elsa Pataky, John Sharian, Gary Piquer

Votes: 3,081

Spain's first recorded serial killer...was a werewolf!!! Or at least that is what his defense purported at the trial...

2. Wild Country (2005)

R | 67 min | Horror

In Glasgow, the teenager single mother Kelly Ann is forced by Father Steven "Steve" Gillis to deliver her baby boy for adoption. Six weeks later, Father Steve organizes a hike in the ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Strachan | Stars: Samantha Shields, Martin Compston, Peter Capaldi, Alan McHugh

Votes: 535

Low budget effort with a very good cast and pacing. The creatures are meh, especially when designed by the same fella who made the monsters in Dog Soldiers (later on this list.)

3. Wolfen (1981)

R | 115 min | Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.

Director: Michael Wadleigh | Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos, Gregory Hines

Votes: 7,570 | Gross: $10.63M

Okay; it's not really a werewolf movie. A great allegory to ecological annihilation and urban sprawl, this movie is more of a possessed wolf movie with werewolf sentiments. The acting is great, the story is interesting, and the wolf P.O.V. shots are fun and fast.

4. Wolf (1994)

R | 125 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 47,245 | Gross: $65.01M

Jack Nicholson as a werewolf!!!! This is a slower take on werewolf pics, but engrossing nonetheless. Also, the werewolf mythology is skewed in this movie. A man turns werewolf every night, finally becoming a werewolf permanently on the first full moon they encounter. Countdown time!

5. The Company of Wolves (1984)

R | 95 min | Horror, Fantasy

A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Graham Crowden

Votes: 12,751 | Gross: $4.39M

Holy moly I love this flick! Neil Jordan (Crying Game, The Butcher Boy, Interview with a Vampire) directs this tale of a recurring theme of Little Red Riding Hood. This movie is as close to a bad dream as one can get, with haunting sets and gloomy woods. The visual style is artistically honed and the metaphorical aspect of men as wolves out preying on women is deftly executed.

6. The Wolf Man (1941)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror

A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Claude Rains, Warren William, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 19,307

The original werewolf movie, or at least the one that popularized the sub-genre. Silver hurts werewolves? This movie. It also set a heavy precedent where many werewolf movies seem to be set in English settings. And, in sharing similarity with a newer classic, is about an American in England ;)

7. Werewolf of London (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson, Lester Matthews

Votes: 3,945

Predates The Wolf Man AND was produced by the same studio (Universal.) A poor lad is bitten and contracts lycanthropy...all while trying to find a cure for lycanthropy. Guess that didn't work out! A very entertaining classic with a little bit of everything.

8. The Howling (1981)

R | 91 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone

Votes: 25,802 | Gross: $17.99M

A staple of modern werewolf cinema, The Howling follows Dee Wallace as she tries to relax at a resort for a little R & R after a previous close call with a serial killer. Scares, effects, and acting are all top-notch and the movie still plays well thirty years later :)

9. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 76,502 | Gross: $30.57M

One of my faves, this movie has a pair of unlucky American friends crossing a British moor around midnight. Bad idea! A study of a man's slow slide into werewolf-dom and the inevitable tragic outcomes brought on by doubt, disbelief, and too firm a grasp on what science says is actual and imaginary.

10. Ginger Snaps (2000)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 36,348 | Gross: $0.00M

When you become a little older, your body might start growing hair in places once bare, you grow larger teeth, you may grow more distant from your family, and a violently explosive attitude might surface from time to time. Puberty, you ask? Why no...not at all my dear. You are becoming a werewolf!

11. Bad Moon (1996)

R | 80 min | Horror

One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Red | Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré, Mason Gamble, Ken Pogue

Votes: 4,526 | Gross: $1.06M

Okay, okay...this movie is bad, but very fun regardless. Ted is bitten. Ted goes to live with his sister and young nephew. Ted makes Thor suspicious (not the superhero, but the family dog named Thor?) Simple, cheesy effects aside, this movie is quite hilarious. The moon seems to be full permanently, which would have untold consequences of a 2012 level I would think. The werewolf is in a Halloween costume equivalent. Oh, and the family dog's name is THOR!!!! Oh, and it is seriously around 75 minutes long so does not grow wearisome before the end.

12. Silver Bullet (1985)

R | 95 min | Horror

26 Metascore

A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives the paralytic Marty Coslaw, his uncle, and his sister, the story's narrator.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: Gary Busey, Everett McGill, Corey Haim, Megan Follows

Votes: 19,341 | Gross: $5.40M

Oh Silver Bullet...where to begin? Gary Busey as the Uncle. A high-speed wheelchair/car chase!!! Predictably oafish locals. This movie is reeeeeeeee-diculous! But I absolutely love it. Bad Moon is bad. Silver Bullet is so bad it's...marginally great :D Marty is a disabled child who may have a bead on the mysterious killer terrorizing his small town...

13. Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror

A group of strangers visit an ancient Hungarian castle and bring along a werewolf.

Director: Neal Sundstrom | Stars: Phil Davis, Victoria Catlin, Elizabeth Shé, Ben Cole

Votes: 1,957

An okay sequel coupled with an intriguing premise. Several guests at a Romanian castle are being picked off, one by one. Who is the murderous beast prowling the hallways? A form of werewolf Clue and fun to watch.

14. Underworld (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

42 Metascore

Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen

Votes: 230,816 | Gross: $51.97M

The only movie to make the vampire and werewolf lists boasts slick visuals, loud action, lots of gore, and the ever fun to watch battle of lycans and vamps. Not Twilight material (Thank God!!!) Visceral and entertaining way to waste an hour and some change :)

15. Dog Soldiers (2002)

R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 48,921

The mecca (in my opinion) of werewolf movies and quite possibly monster movies in general. Several British grunts go out on 'routine maneuvers' to play at war-games in the Scottish wilderness. After holding up inside a farmhouse (chased inside by some kind of creatures) the true fun really begins!!!! These werewolves look amazing, the background story for the war-games purpose is fantastic, the action scenes are gritty, and the movie is wholly engaging throughout. Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday) has a hit here with his first directorial attempt...or, more accurately, success.