Honestly, the wolfman is the classic monster I like least. It’s nothing personal, he’s just not as interesting to me as Dracula, Frankenstein or the Mummy. I mean, yes, I still like The Wolfman, I will watch The Wolfman – don’t get me wrong, I just get a little tired of his whining about how tormented he is. I think Lon Chaney plays pathos like nobody else, but there are times I just want to shake him and tell him to “suck it up.”
I’m really interested in seeing the new werewolf movie staring Benicio Del Toro, a redux of The Wolfman, it says it will be released in February of 2010. Really? I could have used a good wolfman movie for Halloween, but February? Who’s their marketing person? Check out the website – you can watch the trailer (it took forever to load for me) it does look worth checking out.
So until February, we are stuck watching the werewolf movies we know and love. My top five recommendations are as follows:
5. I was a Teenaged Werewolf (gives new meaning to “Teenagers scare the living shit outta me“)
4. Underworld (Vampires AND werewolves = two for the price of one!)
3. The Beast Must Die (It’s probably considered hokey now days, but this movie scared the crap outta me as a child! Saw it at the drive in with my parents – HELLO who thought that was a good idea? Let’s take the kids!)
2. An American Werewolf in London (such a memorable transformation!)
1. The Wolfman (You guessed it. For all his whining, I still love him – and that damn gypsy!)
I think this year I’m going to check out a few werewolf movies I haven’t seen – I’ve heard Dog Soldiers and Ginger Snaps is good . . .
But while we wait for that, here’s a little werewolf present for you! It’s a diy game from Eerie #52, November 1973. Click on the link and you can download a full size pdf. The game comes with everything you need to play – it’s a lot like the game Clue. My sister and I tore the cover off the magazine all those years ago to play the game, but we never ended up cutting it apart and playing . . . not sure what distracted us, but it’s to your advantage – it’s all preserved for you to play! Have fun!