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Updated on May 10, 2016
Werewolf of London (1935)
Werewolf of London (1935)

Werewolf of London (1935) Directed by Stuart Walker. 75mins.

The Werewolf - Henry Hull - Wilfred Glendon

Warner Oland - Dr. Yogami
Valerie Hobson - Lisa Glendon
Lester Matthews - Paul Ames
Lawrence Grant - Sir Thomas Forsythe

Hollywood's first werewolf movie.

Henry Hull gets attacked and bitten by a strange creature while researching a rare plant in Tibet. It turns out he was bitten by a lycanthrope, a werewolf, half man half wolf.

Originally the werewolf make up looked a lot like Lon Chaney Jr's in The Wolf Man but Hull wasn't happy with it saying it was too hairy. The make up was reduced so more of the actor's face could be seen.

The title inspired the song Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon released in 1978.

IMDB rating 6.4

The Wolf Man (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Wolf Man (1941) poster
The Wolf Man (1941) poster

The Wolf Man (1941) Directed by George Waggner. 70mins.

The Werewolf - Lon Chaney Jr - Lawrence Talbot

Claude Rains - Sir John Talbot
Ralph Bellamy - Col. Montford
Evelyn Ankers - Gwen Conliffe
Warren William - Dr. Lloyd
Patric Knowles - Frank Andrews
Bela Lugosi - Bela
Maria Ouspenskaya - Maleva

The first of 5 films in which Lon Chaney Jr (1906-1973) plays Lawrence Talbot. Bitten by a werewolf, played by Bela Lugosi, he is cursed to turn into a wolf when the moon is full.

According to the poem spoken in the film -

Even a man who is pure in heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a wolf
when the wolfbane blooms
and the autumn moon is bright.

Ironically this is the only film in the series where the full moon is never seen.

Unlike the other monsters in the Universal series of horror movies only one actor played Lawrence Talbot 'The Wolf Man', Lon Chaney Jr. The make up took up to 6 hours to apply and a couple of hours to remove.

IMDB rating 7.4

The Undying Monster (1942) poster
The Undying Monster (1942) poster

The Undying Monster (1942) Directed by John Brahm. 63mins.

The Werewolf - John Howard - Oliver Hammond

James Ellison - Robert Curtis
Heather Angel - Helga Hammond
Bramwell Fletcher - Dr. Jeff Colbert
Heather Thatcher - Christy
Aubrey Mather - Inspector Craig
Halliwell Hobbes - Walton, the Butler

Based on a novel by Jesse Douglas Kerruish. This little seen horror by 20th Century Fox is in the mould of a murder mystery.

IMDB rating 6.0

Ilona Massey and Lon Chaney Jr in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)
Ilona Massey and Lon Chaney Jr in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) poster
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) poster

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) Directed by Roy William Neill. 74mins.

The Werewolf - Lon Chaney Jr - Lawrence Talbot

Ilona Massey - Baroness Elsa Frankenstein
Patric Knowles - Dr. Mannering
Lionel Atwill - Mayor
Bela Lugosi - The Monster
Maria Ouspenskaya - Maleva

The first 35 minutes is a Wolf Man movie, the Frankenstein monster is discovered in the last half of the movie. Lugosi played the monster, originally he had lines of dialogue which were removed rendering the monster mute. Reference to the monster being blind (from events in Ghost of Frankenstein) were also removed.

Tagline - A Death Fight . . . Between Two Beasts !

IMDB rating 6.4

The Return of the Vampire (1944)
The Return of the Vampire (1944)

The Return of the Vampire (1944) Directed by Lew Landers. 69mins.

The Werewolf - Matt Willis - Andreas Obry

Bela Lugosi - Armand Tesla
Frieda Inescort - Lady Jane Ainsley
Nina Foch - Nicki Saunders
Miles Mander - Sir Frederick Fleet
Roland Varno - John Ainsley

Some film buffs regard this movie as an unofficial sequel to Tod Browning's Dracula with Lugosi reprising his famous role under the name Armand Tesla. No explanation is given to why Tesla has a werewolf companion or how he became a lycanthrope.

Tagline - Beauty at the mercy of a Monster!

IMDB rating 5.9

Nina Foch in Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
Nina Foch in Cry of the Werewolf (1944)

Cry of the Werewolf (1944) Directed by Henry Levin. 63mins.

The Werewolf - Nina Foch - Marie Latour

Stephen Crane - Robert Morris
Osa Massen - Elsa Chauvet
Blanche Yurka - Bianca
Barton MacLane - Lt. Barry Lane

Notable for featuring the first female werewolf in horror movies.

Tagline - As a woman she wanted LOVE! As a werewolf she wanted BLOOD!

IMDB rating 5.0

The Wolf Man gets a trim from make up man Jack Pierce
The Wolf Man gets a trim from make up man Jack Pierce

House of Frankenstein (1944) Directed by Erle C. Kenton. 71mins.

The Werewolf - Lon Chaney Jr - Lawrence Talbot

Boris Karloff - Doctor Niemann
John Carradine - Dracula
Glenn Strange - The Monster
J. Carrol Naish - Daniel
Anne Gwynne - Rita
Lionel Atwill - Arnz
George Zucco - Lampini

Kharis the mummy was originally going to be included too but the idea was abandoned.

The working title for the film was "Chamber of Horrors" before being changed to "The Devil's Brood" and finally "House of Frankenstein". Despite the title it was the first Frankenstein movie not to feature a member of the Frankenstein family.

IMDB rating 6.1

House of Dracula (1945) poster
House of Dracula (1945) poster

House of Dracula (1945) Directed by Erle C. Kenton. 67mins.

The Werewolf - Lon Chaney Jr. - Lawrence Talbot

John Carradine - Count Dracula
Martha O'Driscoll - Miliza Morelle
Lionel Atwill - Police Inspector Holtz
Onslow Stevens - Dr. Franz Edelmann
Jane Adams - Nina
Glenn Strange - The Monster

The Wolfman is shot dead with a silver bullet in the previous movie and here he returns without a scratch and sporting a moustache too. Even Dracula flies into the new movie without an explanation as to how he survived disintegration by sunlight in the last.

The last of the Universal horror classics, but the monsters would team up again to meet Abbott and Costello.

IMDB rating 5.7

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Lobby card
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Lobby card

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Directed by Charles Barton. 83mins.

The Werewolf - Lon Chaney Jr - Larry Talbot

Bud Abbott - Chick
Lou Costello - Wilbur
Bela Lugosi - Dracula
Glenn Strange - Monster
Lenore Aubert - Sandra Mornay
Jane Randolph - Joan Raymond
Vincent Price - The Invisible Man (voice)

Larry Talbot: You don't understand. Every night when the moon is full, I turn into a wolf.
Wilbur: You and twenty million other guys.

Despite Dracula and the Wolfman starring together in two previous films this was the first film in which they shared a scene together.

Larry Talbot was cured of his lycanthropy at the end of House of Dracula, but here he is changing into a werewolf again, maybe it was just a temporary cure?

IMDB rating 7.4

The Werewolf (1956)
The Werewolf (1956)

The Werewolf (1956) Directed by Fred F. Sears. 79mins.

The Werewolf - Steven Ritch - Duncan Marsh

Don Megowan - Sheriff Jack Haines
Joyce Holden - Amy Standish
Eleanore Tanin - Mrs. Helen Marsh
Kim Charney - Chris Marsh
Harry Lauter - Deputy Ben Clovey
Larry J. Blake - Hank Durgis

The werewolf in this film wasn't cursed or bitten by another werewolf, he was created by two scientists who inject an amnesiac with a serum containing irradiated wolfs blood.

Tagline - Scientists turn men into beasts!

IMDB rating 5.9

I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) Directed by Gene Fowler Jr. 76mins.

The Werewolf - Michael Landon - Tony Rivers

Yvonne Fedderson - Arlene Logan
Whit Bissell - Dr. Alfred Brandon
Tony Marshall - Jimmy
Dawn Richard - Theresa
Barney Phillips - Detective Donovan

This low budget horror was very profitable for American International Pictures and was followed by I was a Teenage Frankenstein a few months later.

Michael Landon would become very popular on TV in various hit shows starting with playing 'Little Joe' on Bonanza (1959-1973).

IMDB rating 4.5

Oliver Reed in Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Oliver Reed in Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Curse of the Werewolf (1961) poster
Curse of the Werewolf (1961) poster

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) Directed by Terence Fisher. 91mins.

The Werewolf - Oliver Reed - Leon Corledo

Clifford Evans - Don Alfredo Corledo
Yvonne Romain - Jailers Daughter
Catherine Feller - Cristina Fernando
Anthony Dawson - Marques Siniestro
Josephine Llewellyn - Marquesa
Richard Wordsworth - Beggar

The Hammer Studio's only werewolf film. A classic horror film with a young Oliver Reed in his first big role.

The werewolf isn't seen full on until the last 15 minutes. The make up of the wolf man looks a lot more effective and frightening than the bear-like make up used in previous films. It is closer in style to Henry Hull's Werewolf of London.

The film was badly censored in the UK and was finally shown uncut on BBC TV in the 1990s.


IMDB rating 6.7

Werewolves on Wheels (1971)
Werewolves on Wheels (1971)

Werewolves on Wheels (1971) Directed by Michel Levesque. 85mins.

Steve Oliver - Adam
Donna Anders - Helen
Gene Shane - Tarot
Billy Gray - Pill
Gray Johnson - Movie
Barry McGuire - Scarf
Owen Orr - Mouse

70's exploitation flick featuring bikers, girls, satanists, violence and despite the title, a brief sequence featuring one werewolf on a motorbike.

IMDB rating 3.3

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) poster
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) poster

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973) Directed by Nathan Juran. 93mins.

The Werewolf - Kerwin Mathews - Robert Bridgestone

Elaine Devry - Sandy Bridgestone
Scott Sealey - Richie Bridgestone
Robert J. Wilke - The Sheriff
Susan Foster - Jenny

A boy cries werewolf only to discover his father is the werewolf.

Kerwin Mathews starred as Captain Sinbad in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) also directed by Nathan Juran.

IMDB rating 4.9

Dean Stockwell as the Werewolf of Washington (1973)
Dean Stockwell as the Werewolf of Washington (1973)

The Werewolf of Washington (1973) Directed by Milton Moses Ginsberg. 90mins.

The Werewolf - Dean Stockwell - Jack Whittier

Katalin Kallay - Giselle
Despo Diamantidou - Gypsy Woman
Thayer David - Inspector
Nancy Andrews - Margie Captree
Clifton James - Attorney General

A political satire released during the Watergate scandal. The President's press secretary turns out to be a werewolf.

Giselle: The sign of the pentagram...
Jack Whittier: Oh, the Pentagon is behind all this?
Giselle: Pent-a-gram.

Commander Salmon: What does the Pentagon have to do with this?
Jack Whittier: The pent-a-gram! The five-pointed STAR!

IMDB rating 3.9

The Beast Must Die (1974) poster
The Beast Must Die (1974) poster

The Beast Must Die (1974) Directed by Paul Annett. 93mins.

Calvin Lockhart - Tom Newcliffe
Peter Cushing - Dr. Christopher Lundgren
Marlene Clark - Caroline Newcliffe
Charles Gray - Arthur Bennington
Michael Gambon - Jan Jarmokowski
Anton Diffring - Pavel

A werewolf mystery horror along the lines of Ten Little Indians which included a short 'Werewolf Break' in which the viewer is asked who they think the werewolf is.

Tagline - One of these eight people will turn into a werewolf. Can you guess who it is when we stop the film for the WEREWOLF BREAK? See it ... solve it ... but don't tell!

IMDB rating 5.7

Legend of the Werewolf (1975) poster
Legend of the Werewolf (1975) poster

Legend of the Werewolf (1975) Directed by Freddie Francis. 85mins.

The Werewolf - David Rintoul - Etoile

Peter Cushing - Prof. Paul
Ron Moody - Zookeeper
Hugh Griffith - Maestro Pamponi
Roy Castle - Photographer
Lynn Dalby - Christine

An enjoyable British horror with a good cast of actors, the werewolf was reminiscent of Oliver Reeds lycanthrope in Curse of the Werewolf.

Made by Tyburn, a film studio which was hoping to be the next Hammer but only made a couple of horror films before closing shop. The other horror was The Ghoul (1975) which also starred Peter Cushing and directed by Freddie Francis.

IMDB rating 5.6

Albert Finney in Wolfen (1981) Lobby card
Albert Finney in Wolfen (1981) Lobby card
Wolfen (1981) poster
Wolfen (1981) poster

Wolfen (1981) Directed by Michael Wadleigh. 115mins

Albert Finney - Dewey Wilson
Diane Venora - Rebecca Neff
Edward James Olmos - Eddie Holt
Gregory Hines - Whittington
Tom Noonan - Ferguson
Dick O'Neill - Warren

Based on the novel by Whitley Streiber.

A diifferent take on the werewolf myth, people are being brutally killed in New York the culprits turn out to be a pack of supernatural wolves. A subplot about shape-shifting Indians turns out to be a red herring though it turns out that the Indians have always known about the Wolfen.

Eddie Holt: It's not wolves, it's Wolfen. For 20,000 years Wilson, the great hunting nations lived together, nature in balance. Then the slaughter came.
Old Indian: In their eyes you are the savage!
Dewey Wilson: They kill...
Old Indian: They kill to survive. They kill to protect. Man kills for less. But in the end, it is all for the hunting ground.

Wolfen is an excellent horror thriller with startling use of stereo surround effects when a scene switches to the wolves point of view.

Tagline - It will tear the scream from your throat.

IMDB rating 6.3

The Howling (1981)
The Howling (1981)
The Howling (1981) poster
The Howling (1981) poster
The Howling (1981)
The Howling (1981)

The Howling (1981) Directed by Joe Dante. 91mins.

The Werewolf - Robert Picardo - Eddie Quist

Dee Wallace - Karen White
Patrick Macnee - Dr. George Waggner
Dennis Dugan - Chris
Christopher Stone - R. William Neill
Belinda Balaski - Terry Fisher
Kevin McCarthy - Fred Francis
John Carradine - Erle Kenton
Slim Pickens - Sam Newfield
Elisabeth Brooks - Marsha Quist

1981 was a signature year for werewolf fans with the release of The Howling and An American Werewolf in London within months of each other, both featuring groundbreaking make up effects never before seen in horror films.

Most of the cast turn into werewolves in this film though it's Robert Picardo who gets the showpiece transformation. Rob Bottin was the make up man.

Karen: A secret society exists, and is living among all of us. They are neither people nor animals, but something in-between.

Some of the characters are named after previous directors of werewolf films - Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Erle Kenton, Roy William Neill etc

Followed by 7 sequels - Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf, Howling III, Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, Howling V: The Rebirth, Howling VI: The Freaks, Howling: New Moon Rising and The Howling: Reborn.

Tagline - Imagine your worst fear a reality

IMDB rating 6.5

David Naughton and Griffin Dunne in An American Werewolf in London (1981)
David Naughton and Griffin Dunne in An American Werewolf in London (1981)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
An American Werewolf in London (1981) poster
An American Werewolf in London (1981) poster
Jenny Agutter and David Naughton in An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Jenny Agutter and David Naughton in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London (1981) Directed by John Landis. 97mins.

The Werewolf - David Naughton - David Kessler

Jenny Agutter - Nurse Alex Price
Griffin Dunne - Jack Goodman
John Woodvine - Dr. J. S. Hirsch
Frank Oz - Mr. Collins
Brian Glover - Chess Player

A change of pace for John Landis after the frenetic big budget comedy musical The Blues Brothers (1980).

The release of The Howling a few months earlier stole some of this movie's thunder especially the groundbreaking animatronic make up effects for the big transformation scene. Now it would all be done using CG, back then it would take days to prepare and film David turning into a werewolf.

Unlike the bipedal werewolves in The Howling this one walked on all fours.

All the songs in the film feature the word "Moon".

Rick Baker won an Oscar for his make up effects.

Jack: Now, I'm really sorry to be upsetting you, but I have to warn you.
David: Warn me?
Jack: We were attacked by a werewolf.
David: I'm not listening to this!
Jack: On the moors, we were attacked by a lycanthrope, a werewolf. I was murdered, an unnatural death, and now I walk the earth in limbo until the werewolf's curse is lifted.
David: Shut up!
Jack: The wolf's bloodline must be severed; the last remaining werewolf must be destroyed. It's you David.

IMDB rating 7.6

The Company of Wolves (1984)
The Company of Wolves (1984)
The Company of Wolves (1984) poster
The Company of Wolves (1984) poster

The Company of Wolves (1984) Directed by Neil Jordan. 95mins.

The Werewolf - Micha Bergese - The Huntsman

Angela Lansbury - Granny
David Warner - Father
Sarah Patterson - Rosaleen
Kathryn Pogson - Young Bride
Stephen Rea - Young Groom
Terence Stamp - The Devil

A horror fairy tale. In a small village Granny tells young Rosaleen stories about werewolves, and they both end up being attacked by a real werewolf.

Granny: Never stray from the path, never eat a windfall apple and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet in the middle.

The Company of Wolves won a few film festival prizes and was nominated for four British Academy Awards.

Tagline - In the dead of the night, the beast is unleashed!

IMDB rating 6.6

Michael J. Fox is Teen Wolf (1985)
Michael J. Fox is Teen Wolf (1985)

Teen Wolf (1985) Directed by Rod Daniel. 91mins.

The Werewolf - Michael J. Fox - Scott Howard

James Hampton - Harold Howard
Susan Ursitti - Boof
Jerry Levine - Stiles
Matt Adler - Lewis
Scott Paulin - Kirk Lolley

Unlike other werewolf films Scott's condition is hereditary, his father also a werewolf, was hoping it skipped a generation.

The success of Back to the Future a few months earlier helped make Teen Wolf a hit at the box office. A sequel was released in 1987 - Teen Wolf Too - starring Jason Bateman as the cousin of Scott Howard.

IMDB rating 5.8

Silver Bullet (1985)
Silver Bullet (1985)
Silver Bullet (1985) poster
Silver Bullet (1985) poster

Silver Bullet (1985) Directed by Daniel Attias. 95mins.

Gary Busey - Uncle Red
Corey Haim - Marty Coslaw
Megan Follows - Jane Coslaw
Robin Groves - Nan Coslaw
Leon Russom - Bob Coslaw
Everett McGill - Reverend Lowe
Terry O'Quinn - Sheriff Joe Haller
Lawrence Tierney - Owen Knopfler

Based on the novella Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King.

An atmospheric horror movie starring the late Corey Haim, crippled and in a wheelchair, he is attacked by a werewolf and survives but no one believes him. He has to figure out which of the townspeople is the werewolf before it strikes again.

Uncle Red: There are no such things as werewolves!

IMDB rating 6.1

The Monster Squad (1987)
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Monster Squad (1987) poster
The Monster Squad (1987) poster

The Monster Squad (1987) Directed by Fred Dekker. 82mins.

The Werewolf - Jonathan Gries - Desperate Man

Andre Gower - Sean
Stephen Macht - Del
Duncan Regehr - Count Dracula
Tom Noonan - Frankenstein
Ryan Lambert - Rudy
Jack Gwillim - Van Helsing

An enjoyable horror comedy featuring all the famous monsters.

Rudy: Where am I supposed to find silver bullets? K-Mart?

Jonathan Gries also played a werewolf in Fright Night 2 (1989)

IMDB rating 7.0

Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer in Wolf (1994)
Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer in Wolf (1994)
James Spader in Wolf (1994)
James Spader in Wolf (1994)
Wolf (1994) poster
Wolf (1994) poster

Wolf (1994) Directed by Mike Nichols. 125mins.

The Werewolf - Jack Nicholson - Will Randall

Michelle Pfeiffer - Laura Alden
James Spader - Stewart Swinton
Kate Nelligan - Charlotte Randall
Richard Jenkins - Detective Bridger
Christopher Plummer - Raymond Alden

Sharon Stone was offered Michelle Pfeiffer's role but turned it down.

Nicholson and Pfeiffer had both played Batman villains a few years before, the Joker and Catwoman. They previously starred together in The Witches of Eastwick (1987).

The original ending had to be scrapped after poor reception at previews and the film was delayed for months while a new ending was devised.

Tagline - The Animal is Out.

IMDB rating 6.1

An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) poster
An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) poster

An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) Directed by Anthony Waller. 105mins.

The Werewolf - Tom Everett Scott - Andy McDermott

Julie Delpy - Serafine Pigot
Vince Vieluf - Brad
Phil Buckman - Chris
Julie Bowen - Amy Finch
Pierre Cosso - Claude

Not sure if it's mentioned in the film but Serafine (Julie Delpy) is supposed to be the daughter of David Kessler and Alex Price from An American Werewolf in London.

John Landis was planning to direct a sequel to his film at one time but it never worked out.

The original had Oscar winning make up effects while this film relies on some not so convincing computer generated werewolves.

The film cost $25m to make and grossed $26.5 at the US box office.

Tagline - Things are about to get a little hairy.

IMDB rating 4.9

Ginger Snaps (2000) poster
Ginger Snaps (2000) poster

Ginger Snaps (2000) Directed by John Fawcett. 108mins.

The Werewolf - Katharine Isabelle - Ginger Fitzgerald

Emily Perkins - Brigitte
Kris Lemche - Sam
Mimi Rogers - Pamela
Jesse Moss - Jason

A Canadian horror film featuring a female werewolf.

The director rejected the use of CGI for the werewolf preferring to use make up and prosthetics.

The fifth highest grossing film of the year in Canada.

Followed by a sequel Ginger Snaps II Unleashed and a prequel Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning, both filmed in 2003.

IMDB rating 6.8

Dog Soldiers (2002)
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Dog Soldiers (2002) poster
Dog Soldiers (2002) poster

Dog Soldiers (2002) Directed by Neil Marshall. 105mins.

Sean Pertwee - Sgt. Harry G. Wells
Kevin McKidd - Pvt. Cooper
Emma Cleasby - Megan
Liam Cunningham - Capt. Ryan
Thomas Lockyer - Cpl. Bruce Campbell
Darren Morfitt - 'Spoon' Witherspoon

British Army soldiers are menaced by werewolves in the Scottish Highlands.

An enjoyable low budget horror film with plenty of gore and humour too.

Jason Statham was approached for the part of Cooper but decided to appear in John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars instead.

IMDB rating 6.8

Underworld (2003)
Underworld (2003)
Underworld (2003) poster
Underworld (2003) poster

Underworld (2003) Directed by Len Wiseman. 121mins (133mins)

Kate Beckinsale - Selene
Scott Speedman - Michael Corvin
Michael Sheen - Lucian
Shane Brolly - Kraven
Bill Nighy - Viktor
Sophia Myles - Erika
Wentworth Miller - Dr. Adam Lockwood

Action-packed horror saga featuring a war between vampires and werewolves, here referred to as lycans. Beautiful vampire Selene (Beckinsale) falls in love with Michael Corvin (Speedman), a powerful hybrid of vampire and lycan.

Selene: Whether you like it or not, you're in the middle of a war that has been raging for the better part of a thousand years. A blood feud between vampires and lycans.

Kate Beckinsale married director Len Wiseman in 2004.

The film cost $22m to make and was a hit, grossing $95.7m worldwide.

Followed by Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) and Underworld: Awakening (2012).

Tagline - An immortal battle for supremacy.

IMDB rating 6.9

Van Hesling (2004) poster
Van Hesling (2004) poster
Van Helsing (2004)
Van Helsing (2004)
Kate Beckinsale in Van Helsing (2004)
Kate Beckinsale in Van Helsing (2004)

Van Helsing (2004) Directed by Stephen Sommers. 131mins.

The Werewolf - Will Kemp - Velkan

Hugh Jackman - Van Helsing
Kate Beckinsale - Anna Valerious
Richard Roxburgh - Count Vladislaus Dracula
David Wenham - Carl
Shuler Hensley - Frankenstein's Monster
Samuel West - Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Robbie Coltrane - Mr. Hyde

There are three different werewolves in this film, all have a different appearance. A werewolf attacks and bites Anna's brother Velkan, he turns into a werewolf and in one scene bites Van Helsing. At the climax Van Helsing transforms into a werewolf, which comes in useful in his battle with Dracula who turns into a bat-like monster.

Van Helsing also features the Frankenstein Monster, the sexy but deadly brides of Dracula and Mr. Hyde makes an appearance near the start of the film.

Frankenstein's Monster: You've been bitten. Bitten by a werewolf. Now you will become that which you have hunted so passionately.

IMDB rating 5.7

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) poster
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) poster

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Directed by Alfonso Cuaron. 141mins.

The Werewolf - David Thewlis - Professor Lupin

Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter
Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley
Emma Watson - Hermione Granger
Robbie Coltrane - Rubeus Hagrid
Michael Gambon - Albus Dumbledore
Alan Rickman - Severus Snape
Maggie Smith - Minerva McGonagall
Gary Oldman - Sirius Black
Timothy Spall - Peter Pettigrew

The third Harry Potter film and book. Harry is shocked to discover Remus Lupin turning into a werewolf during the full moon. The good professor is killed during the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows P.2 (2011).

Professor Snape: Which one of you can tell me the difference between an animagus and a werewolf?
[Hermione raises her hand]
Professor Snape: No-one? How disappointing.

IMDB rating 7.7

Cursed (2005) Swedish poster
Cursed (2005) Swedish poster

Cursed (2005) Directed by Wes Craven. 97mins (99mins)

Christina Ricci - Ellie Myers
Joshua Jackson - Jake Taylor
Jesse Eisenberg - Jimmy Myers
Milo Ventimiglia - Bo
Shannon Elizabeth - Becky
Judy Greer - Joanie

A werewolf film by the creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series of films.

Ellie and her brother Jimmy are driving one night when they hit an animal on the road, they stop to check what happened and are attacked by a werewolf. The same thing happened to Jack Nicholson in Wolf. The moral of this tale: never stop to have a look when you hit a large animal while driving in the countryside, it could be a werewolf.

Released in theaters as a PG-13, a gorier uncut version is available on DVD.

Cursed cost $38m to make and was not a hit grossing $29.6m worldwide.

Tagline - What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

IMDB rating 4.8

Skinwalkers (2006) poster
Skinwalkers (2006) poster

Skinwalkers (2006) Directed by James Isaac. 110mins.

Jason Behr - Varek
Elias Koteas - Jonas
Rhona Mitra - Rachel Talbot
Natassia Malthe - Sonja
Kim Coates - Zo
Sarah Carter - Katherine
Matthew Knight - Timothy Talbot

This time it's - werewolves vs werewolves.

Two werewolf packs, one good and one bad and in the middle a young boy, a half-blood who according to prophecy will one day determine their destiny and end the 'curse'.

Timothy: For some I am salvation, for the others their destruction.

Tagline - For them to live, we must die.

IMDB rating 4.6

Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) poster
Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) poster

Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009) Directed by Chris Weitz. 130mins.

The Werewolf - Taylor Lautner - Jacob Black

Kristen Stewart - Bella Swan
Robert Pattinson - Edward Cullen
Billy Burke - Charlie Swan
Peter Facinelli - Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Ashley Greene - Alice Cullen

The sequel to Twilight (2008) and based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer.

Bella discovers her friend Jacob is a shapeshifting werewolf, which doesn't bother her in the slightest since she's in love with a vampire.

Alice Cullen: Bella, what is that awful wet dog smell?
Bella: Um... That's probably me. I've... It's Jacob.
Alice Cullen: Jacob who?
Bella: Jacob's kind of a werewolf.
Alice Cullen: Ugh! Bella! Werewolves are not good company to keep!
Jacob: Speak for yourself.

New Moon cost $50m to make and has grossed $710m worldwide.

Followed by Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn p.1 (2011) and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn p.2 (2012).

IMDB rating 4.5

The Wolfman (2010) poster (release date was delayed another year)
The Wolfman (2010) poster (release date was delayed another year)
Emily Blunt in The Wolfman (2010)
Emily Blunt in The Wolfman (2010)
The Wolfman (2010) poster
The Wolfman (2010) poster

The Wolfman (2010) Directed by Joe Johnston. 103mins (119mins)

The Werewolf - Benicio del Toro - Lawrence Talbot

Anthony Hopkins - Sir John Talbot
Emily Blunt - Gwen Conliffe
Hugo Weaving - Inspector Francis Aberline
Geraldine Chaplin - Maleva
Art Malik - Singh

An expensive remake of The Wolf Man (1941) which starred Lon Chaney Jr.

The werewolf make up took 3 hours to apply and an hour to remove but it was worth it, Rick Baker won his seventh Best Make Up Oscar for The Wolfman. The make up maestro won his first Oscar for An American Werewolf in London (1981).

Max Von Sydow's role was cut out of the theatrical version but can be seen in the extended edition on DVD. He gives Lawrence Talbot the cane with the wolfshead.

The movie started filming in early 2008 but after many production delays, problems, reshoots and four cancelled release dates, it finally appeared in theaters in early 2010 to mixed reviews.

The Wolfman is estimated to have cost $150m to make and has grossed $142.6m worldwide.

Tagline - When the moon is full the legend comes to life

IMDB rating 5.9

Red Riding Hood (2011) poster
Red Riding Hood (2011) poster

Red Riding Hood (2011) Directed by Catherine Hardwicke. 100mins.

Amanda Seyfried - Valerie
Gary Oldman - Solomon
Billy Burke - Cesaire
Shiloh Fernandez - Peter
Max Irons - Henry
Virginia Madsen - Suzette
Lukas Haas - Father Auguste
Julie Christie - Grandmother

Very loosely based on the Grimms Bros fairy tale.

A werewolf mystery set in a fairy tale village, critics panned the movie but it still managed to gross $89m worldwide.

Tagline - Believe the legend. Beware the wolf.

IMDB rating 5.2

Teen Wolf (2011) poster
Teen Wolf (2011) poster

Teen Wolf (2011-2012) TV series.

The Werewolf - Tyler Posey - Scott McCall

Crystal Reed - Allison Argent
Dylan O'Brien - Stiles
Holland Roden - Lydia Martin
Colton Haynes - Jackson
Tyler Hoechlin - Derek Hale
Linden Ashby - Sheriff Stilinski

No direct connection to the 1985 Michael J. Fox film apart from the title.

A teenager is bitten by a werewolf and becomes one himself. The series deals with the problems of balancing a normal teenage life with turning into a hairy howling monster during each full moon.

The series is a ratings hit and is heading for a third season.

IMDB rating 7.4

The Highest Rated Werewolf Films

The Wolfman (2010)
The Wolfman (2010)


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    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      7 years ago from Manchester, England

      I left out some Mexican and Italian werewolf films, they just weren't worth the space. I'm sure they have their fans.

      My favourite werewolf film btw is Twilight VI: My Boyfriend is a Werewolf. [kidding]

      Probably... American Werewolf or maybe Hammer's Curse of the Werewolf.

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      7 years ago from Virginia

      Then again I just noticed that you left out 1971's Werewolf versus The Vampire Woman...and I thought you had all the bases That one starred Paul Naschy(who?) and got a rating of 1.5(not a good score) in my movie book and a 5.1 on IMDB. Just letting you know that we are checking your work here at Cogerson Movie

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      7 years ago from Manchester, England

      I watched a couple of those Howling sequels and they were pretty bad.

      I could have written a 10 Best Werewolf films hub instead but I never feel satisfied with those kind of hubs, you're always leaving something good out. I try to squeeze as many noteworthy films as I can in each of these hubs. I'm my biggest critic if they don't satisfy me I won't publish them.

      Thanks for posting amigo.

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      7 years ago from Virginia

      I was looking through one of my movie books and checked out the werewolf section...and it looks like you did a pretty good job of covering almost all of the werewolf movies.....still amazed that The Howling got 7 sequels....I was not even aware that The Howling 2 came I guess I will be turning in my movie expert

    • fpherj48 profile image


      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I think maybe Jack does that on a regular basis, just for kicks!!! LMAO

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      7 years ago from Manchester, England

      Thanks Paula, your comments are always appreciated.

      American Werewolf in London seems to be a lot of people's favourite, it had a great soundtrack, comedy and it was a love story with a tragic ending, couldn't miss. :)

      I think you'll enjoy Wolf, it's fun seeing Jack turning into a monster and leaping over walls.

      Thanks for posting.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      7 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Steve.....I looked specifically for "American Werewolf in London."...which, by the way, is the only one out of all those movies, I can recall seeing. But I watched it at least 12 times....Loved it.....of course the music score had a lot to do with it. It's just a damned good movie. Normally, I would not even watch any sort of horror flick, but somehow I was talked into this one and wound up loving it.

      I do see 2 for sure, in your list here, that I would love to see.....obviously the Abbot & Costello must be hysterical.....and I think I might like the one with Jack Nicholson and Michele Pfieffer because I like them both......

      Your movie poster hubs are always great, Steve. UP+++

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      7 years ago from Manchester, England

      Hey thanks Bruce, your comment and vote is appreciated.

      I grew up with the Lon Chaney wolfman films too, I watched a couple recently pure nostalgia.

      Btw regarding the inclusion of Twilight New Moon, in the quote I used from the film Bella refers to Jacob as "kind of a werewolf" if characters from the film bandy the word "werewolf" about than that's good enough for me. :)

      Highest rated movie on here is An American Werewolf in London, followed by The Wolf Man (1941).

      Lowest rated is Werewolves on Wheels.

      Thanks for posting!

    • Cogerson profile image


      7 years ago from Virginia

      I see your hubs are preparing for Halloween. I was very surprised how many recent werewolve movies have been produced over the last 30 years.....and even more surprised that I have seen many of the newer I am not a huge horror fan.

      Some of the ones from the 1970s look like they might be fun movies to watch...particularly the Dean Stockwell one and Werewolves on Bikes...I love the slogan..."The Gang Thought They Were Tough...then they found a new form of hell....The Bride of Satan"...the movie has to be

      The Chaney movies are the ones I watched as a kid many times....which seem better than the way graphic new ones....although An American Werewolve in London is probably my favorite....I love Griffin Dunne's role in that movie as the dead friend who returns.

      Voted up and awesome....and across the board.

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      7 years ago from Manchester, England

      Nighthag, thanks for the info I wasn't sure about Twilight, they may not be officially 'werewolves' but they are men that turn into wolves so I'll leave it in the hub. Film critics mention werewolves in their reviews of the Twilight series and that's what I thought they were too.

      Domenick, Mhatter99, thanks for commenting, always appreciated.

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this

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      Domenick Dicce 

      7 years ago

      Interesting. I was just joking around about the werewolves in Twilight.

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      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      In the twilight movie the "werewolves" are not werewolves at all, but shifters who only change into wolfs this is explained in the books but so far not touched on in the movie.

      I enjoyed this read and have added a few movies to my watch list :) thanks

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      7 years ago from Manchester, England

      Well not including Twilight would have been a bit petty, though I wasn't sure if they were actually werewolves or shapeshifters, do they change into other animals? Harry Potter had a werewolf professor, at first I thought it was Gary Oldman but he's a different kind of animal. The odd one out in this article is Wolfen, which are not half human. But they are supernatural wolves, I have to include them somewhere. And it's a favourite film of mine. :)

      Thanks for commenting Domenick, much appreciated.

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      Domenick Dicce 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for all the monster movie hubs as we approach Halloween.

      I admire your bravery for putting Twilight Saga on this list. I personally choose to ignore the over sized CGI wolves and their terrible voice over as werewolves but I guess if vampires can glitter the wolves need to be counted too. :)


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