Help pick new werewolf films for Craig J. Clark to watch & review

A. Quinton — Mar. 4th 2013

DavidNot a full moon has passed since August 2011 without a new Full Moon Feature appearing on Werewolf News. Craig J. Clark‘s authoritative posts on the successes and failures of werewolves in cinema have been an honour to host and a pleasure to read, and if, like me, your every synapse craves more, we need your help. Recently, Craig wrote to me to say that while he’d like to continue writing Full Moon Features, “..I’m starting to run low on werewolf movies that I haven’t seen. (My count is up in the mid-80s at this point.) Have you ever gotten any through the site that you think I might want to have a look at?”

I thought I had, Craig, but as it turns out, most of them never actually made it to production. Silver Bullet might be good, though – who doesn’t love Gary Busey? – and maybe Wolfen, too. I’d like to get some reader input as well. Below is a list of werewolf movies that Craig has seen. Those for which he’s written Full Moon Features are italicized. Can you, dear Werewolf News Reader, think of any that Craig hasn’t seen but ought to? Are there any on the list that you’d like him to write about? Please share your recommendations and requests (and maybe a word of praise for a guy whose posting schedule has been more reliable than my own) in the comments section.

Do you know of any worthwhile werewolf movies that aren’t on this list? Let Craig (and the rest of us) know in the comments!

  • Lew

    Lobos de Arga! I enjoyed it quite a bit.

  • Lew

    Also the Howling 6: The Freaks was surprisingly decent for a Howling sequel – the werewolf looked more like an ogre, but it was the first movie to use leg extenders for the digitigrade look, and it was a rare case of a sympathetic werewolf who remained sympathetic while in wolf form. Also, it teaches us the valuable lesson that vampires are assholes who must be destroyed.

    Waxwork has a nice werewolf too. There’s a hilarious bit where the guy he’s attacking hits him with a wooden chair. The chair splinters, the werewolf barely flinches, then gives this guy a “You’ve GOT to be shitting me” look and casually flicks the splinters off his shoulder.

  • Craig J. Clark

    I would love to see that one, but it has yet to receive a Stateside release, and the one chance I had to see it at a local horror convention was scuttled by a problem with the Blu-ray sent over by the director. Someday, though…

  • Craig J. Clark

    Waxwork is a good idea and a film I’ve been considering revisiting. I could include it in an article about films where werewolves make cameo appearances (along with Big Fish, Dark Shadows and the execrable Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein).

  • David Fuller

    I’d be curious to know when that “Werewolves vs. Gladiators” is coming out…

  • Gothic Guido

    Ginger Snaps Trilogy. I think its the only films to come close or rival AWIL (Second one is my fav) Dog soldiers is great too. It’s funny, I feel like ginger is the new AWIL and Dog Soldiers is the new Howling.

  • Heather B.

    I don’t know about “worthwhile”, but what about “An American Werewolf in Paris”? Might be good for the laugh factor:)

  • Tah the Trickster

    Strippers Vs. Werewolves remains one of my favorite really shitty films to date, I won’t lie. (I have terrible taste in humor.) Also the werewolves look like slightly fuzzy goblins.

    I’d also say Night Wolf because the design made me raise my eyebrows when I wasn’t yelping due to jump scares. Annnd I guess Dogman as well, if only because it’s one of few films based off urban legends that isn’t purely a slasher film.

  • IA

    There’s a good werewolf film that’s not on this list–“Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt”, which was released on DVD in the US as “Werewolf Hunter.”
    “Ginger Snaps” is one of the best werewolf films and definitely deserves a review.
    “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” is good fun, even if involves rabbits rather than wolves.
    “Outcast” is also worth a viewing and review.

  • Craig J. Clark

    So far I’ve only seen the first Ginger Snaps movie, but the other two are readily available to me. I will add them to the list.

  • Craig J. Clark

    Werewolf Hunter is in my Netflix queue. I’ll probably write up Ginger Snaps when I get around to seeing the sequels. And I’ll consider Outcast even if it did annoy me by stopping short of actually making its creature a werewolf.

  • Craig J. Clark

    That’s actually a film that I’ve made a solemn vow never to see. As far as I’m concerned, the spiritual sequel to American Werewolf is Landis’s own Innocent Blood.

  • Craig J. Clark

    Have added Night Wolf to my queue. I remember being interested in it when it was called 13 Hours, then wondered what became of it. Now I know.

  • Lew

    We ended up having to pirate it (shhhhh) because I seriously doubt it would ever be released in South Africa.

  • Lew

    That’s a good idea – the waxwork werewolf’s appearance was brief but memorable. And he was played by fan fav John Rhys-Davies.

  • Lew

    It’s a shame the Night Wolf werewolf only showed up for a short time at the end, it was a nicely made suit.

  • One I don’t see on the list or other suggestions but one I would recommend is “Wilderness” (2001) staring Amanda Ooms.

  • Starkzilla

    I came here just to suggest that same movie! Wilderness is VERY well done, as is the book it’s based on.

  • Starkzilla

    While not a werewolf in the typical lycanthrope sense, the TV miniseries The 10th Kingdom has a character in it named Wolf, who is one of the great grandkids of the Big Bad Wolf. He kind-of shifts later on and even has a tail and wolf eyes throughout the rest of the series.

  • dean

    One film I notice you have not got up there is “The Runestone” (1991). That would be good to review as it ties in the werewolf legend to Norse mythology.

  • I’d do an article on the werewolf films of the ’90s. Bad Moon being one great film amongst mostly garbage. End it off with a mention of Ginger Snaps reviving the genre in 2000, then do that one. Then Dog Soldiers.

  • Gothic Guido

    The biggest crime of Night Wolf/ 13 hours is how cheap the gore is. We see it yes, but we never actually see the wolf touch a thing (except the end fight)

  • Craig J. Clark

    Unfortunately, Wilderness isn’t available on Netflix at the present time. Otherwise it would definitely go on the list.

  • Craig J. Clark

    That’s an idea. I’ve been making a concerted effort to be more positive with my articles, though. (I’ve been taken to task for being too negative.)

  • AS

    While this movie isn’t about a werewolf, Harry Potter: Prizoner of Azkaban has one of the most creative and terrifying werewolves in any movie I’ve seen. I’d be interested to know not what you thought of the movie, but the werewolf alone.

  • Gothic Guido

    You should check out the werewolves in the second Witcher game. I agree that werewolves can be skinny and intimidating but I don’t really think Harry Potters wolf fits that bill (Got taken out by dog, didn’t he?)

  • Unknown

    Wolf Children???