Last week, we put FRANKENSTEIN and his monster up for our week theme. This week, we take a look at another misunderstood monster: THE WEREWOLF! The werewolf or lycanthropy legend has spanned across the world for a few centuries. According to the ancient Roman mythological tale, it all began with King Lycan who in false believe that the gods had any power, served them human flesh to them for dinner. He was vilely punished for his unforgivable deed by being transformed into a werewolf and in this form, he would be cursed to feast on human flesh. Since then, the legend has grown and transformed into it’s own legend spanning throughout the generations through the silver screen into the minds of audiences everywhere. The first film incarnation was in silent film form entitled THE WEREWOLF (1913) but it was lost in a fire. The first SOUND motion picture incarnation was WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935). You don’t really hear about this film, but it does give a temporary “cure” to the werewolf curse.
THE WOLF MAN (1941), on the other hand, we see and feel the conviction Lon Chaney Jr. goes through when he first gets bitten by the werewolf and as he attempts to try to comprehend something he doesn’t believe truly exists and tries to find a way out. Coincidentally it was this film that paved the way for future werewolf films.
Over the next few decades, Hollywood used the “victim” card on younger audiences in films such as THE WEREWOLF (1956), I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), and THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961). The lore and the tale changed even more when the 70’s and 80s rolled around, turning this misunderstood creature to be fighting between the balance of good and evil. This week, we will look into this misunderstood monster through clips, trailers, pictures, and film posters. We have an ultra fierce week up ahead for you!
If you have any pictures you’d like to share, private message us the pictures or post them onto our page wall to join the fun! What is your favorite misunderstood WEREWOLF film? Let us know in the comments, you never know-MITCH MITTENS might review it and give you a shout out in his next review! Show your love for THE WEREWOLF by posting your favorite scenes in the comment section or private message and you may see your favorite scene shared on our pages and receive credit. If you would like to do any theme related art, post it on our wall and it will be shared on our pages. There are so many ways to get involved, join us! You may also take a step further and post your favorite scene, clip, picture or poster of your favorite WEREWOLF feature on your Twitter or Instagram pages with #CIWEREWOLFWEEK and tag the Cinema Insomnia we will favorite and Retweet/Share your findings.
Beware…..of the Wolf!