The Company of Wolves (1984)
Director Neil Jordan brings a surreal, off-kilter feel to this collection of dark fairytales adapted by Angela Carter from her own short stories. The film explores the visceral, sexually charged dreamscapes underpinning folk stories and fairy tales, and weaves the werewolf (complete with a truly gruesome transformation scene) into the classic Red Riding Hood story. Twilight it ain't – thank heavens.
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Trained soldiers with guns versus werewolves in the English countryside. Who you got? Not as one sided as you’d expect, which leads to nailbiting moments followed by heaving as you take in the shock and ultra gore that make this budget Brit horror an instant classic. Although the film was set in the Scottish Highlands, it was filmed almost exclusively in Luxembourg. Put that in your fact pipe and smoke it.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
No, it's not a documentary about delicious biscuits. Ginger Snaps follows Ginger, a teenage girl who becomes infected by a werewolf, only to undergo the terrible transformation herself. Plenty of blood, gore and howling in this coming-of-age movie with a terrible twist.
The Wolf Man (1941)
Bela Lugosi strikes again, in this tragic, black and white horror classic. Playing a gypsy-wolf who attacks Larry Talbot, our protagonist, Bela gets himself killed after turning Larry into a werewolf. Larry, played by Lon Chaney, flees from the villagers hunting him and bumps into Gwen, his love interest, in the forest. Shouldn’t have made that full moon date, Gwen. The Wolf Man make-up created by Jack Pierce is – justifiably – one of the most famous creature designs in the history of cinema.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Ever felt out of place? American students David and Jack do, after stumbling into an unwelcoming pub on the Yorkshire Moors. After the tumbleweed blows past, they’re offered a couple of nuggets of advice: “Beware the moon, lads” and “Keep to the road.” Naturally, they fail to heed these wise pearls, forcing 1980s special effects maestro Rick Baker to create the decade’s most enduring Werewolf transformation scenes. Funnier than it sounds, actually.
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