Murder Legendres Top 10 Werewolf Movies!

With the release of Universals The Wolfman only days away (Feb 12th). We have decide to share with you our top ten werewolf flicks. Some of these we know you have seen and hopefully there are some in here you haven’t. In no specific order, here are our top ten werewolf films!

The Undying Monster (1942)

John Howard is an effective werewolf, seen only in the last few minutes of a cheap but effectuve thriller helmed by an underrated director John Brahm.

The Wolf Man (1941)

George Waggner directed the werewolf movie by which all others must be judged. Very well acted, with incredible make-up by the one and only Jack Pierce on Lon Chaney Jr., who made the role his very own. Claude Raines and Bela Lugosi also star in this classic of the silver screen.

Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)

Directed by Roy Williams Neil, Chaney’s wolfman is as much the focus of the flick as Frankenstein’s monster, played by Bela Lugosi. (I don’t know why Karloff didn’t reprise the role) Once again, amazing makeup and transformations by the legendary Jack Pierce.

House of Dracula (1945)

In this Kenton film, Talbot is finally cured from some mold grown in the castle basement.(who knew, right?) This flick sadly turns out to be the last of the “serious” Universal monster efforts with Jack Pierce doing EFX.

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Directed by Terrance Fisher, this Hammer film made Oliver Reed a star. This story explores some interesting points, including the werewolf as a child. Roy Ashton did the make-up. Kinda sucks you only see the werewolf in the last 15min, but this film is well worth checking out.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

I don’t think I have to say to much about this one, since we did an entire podcast about it. But Rick Bakers one of a kind makeup effects for this John Landis film won him the first ever Oscar for makeup. The transformation scene still blows aways any CGI work done today.

The Howling (1981)

Directed by Joe Dante, this is another modern approach to the genre with a look at an entire community of werewolfs. Rob Bottin’s makeup effects and startling transformations using squibs and air bladders are still magic to this day.

Silver Bullet (1985)

Daniel Attias offers a fairly good retelling of a classic Stephen King story. Mike MaCracken did the make-up effects for the film.

The Monster Squad (1987)

If it wasn’t for this scene in the old, scary house on Shadowbrook Road, horror fans may have never know that the wolfman’s got nards!

Dog Soldiers (2002)

The werewolf house invasion scene in this movie is one of the most violent, gruesome, and satisfying scenes in the werewolf genre. Truly a MUST SEE!


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