The Best and Scariest Werewolves in the Movies
The legend of the werewolf goes back hundreds of years. If a man transforms into a wolf creature when the full moon rises.... We've become obsessed by werewolves in film, especially during the last decade. A lot of bad movies have been made in the werewolf genre, but a few good werewolf moves have surfaced from the rubble. Here are the top 25 Werewolf movies of all time:
1 - The Howling (1981) A TV news reporter is sent to investigate serial murders in a remote community, and finds more than she expected. Very effective, brilliantly executed on film.
2 - The Wolf Man (1941) The original is still spooky and the story stands out, even with dated effects.
3 - An American Werewolf in London (1981) the John Landis benchmark film.
4 - Silver Bullet (1985) based on a Stephen King story. A boy in a wheelchair is dogged by a werewolf, and his sister must help him track it down.
5 - Dog Soldiers (2002) Military exercises in Scotland turn bad when creatures attack them.
6 - Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups, 2001) In 18 th century France, hunters are sent to find a beast responsible for hundreds of killings.
7 - Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) the ancient feud between aristocratic Vampires and lower class Lycans.
8 - Ginger Snaps (2000) One of 2 sisters is bitten by a werewolf, and they must deal with it.
9 - Le Poil de la Bête (2010) French Canadian film that takes place in 1665 France. Good werewolf movie, great story!
10 - Skinwalkers (2006) two packs of werewolves fight to the death over a young boy who can break the curse.
11 - An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) students in Paris behave badly.
12 - Wolf (1994) Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer.
13 - The Howling V: Rebirth (1989) retelling of "The Beast Must Die"... or Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" with a werewolf.
14 - Cursed (2005) in Modern L.A. 3 people come together to kill the werewolf that bit them.
15 - Bad Moon (1996) an under-appreciated werewolf movie with some gory scenes and a good story.
16 - Lobos De Arga, aka Game of Werewolves (2011) A small town in Spain is filled with werewolves.
17 - Red Riding Hood (2011) new spin on the old tale.
18 - The Beast Must Die (1973) whodunnit mystery; one of the guests at a secluded estate is a werewolf, and the guests are dying one by one.
19 - Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) yes it's black & white... get over it! The movie is fantastic.
20 - Werewolf Fever (2009) Dark comedy/horror about a werewolf who attacks a drive-in diner.
21 - Monster Squad (1987) a group of kids take on the Universal Monsters to save the world.
22 - The Wolf Man (2010) Remake of the 1941 classic, this time with Anthony Hopkins.
16 - Wolfen (1981) A New York cop tracks a series of murders to find a beast at the heart of it.
23 - Teen Wolf (1985) Michael J. Fox is a werewolf in high school.
24 - Twilight: Eclipse (2010) the wolf pack saves the movie.
25 - Blood and Chocolate (2007) a teen werewolf chick is torn by her love for a human man.
Honorable Mention: Van Helsing (2004) the famous vampire hunter goes to Transylvania to kill Dracula, but finds a werewolf in his path. This is a "vampire" movie but does have a cool werewolf.
Curse of the Werewolf (1961) is a close runner up.
Also check out: The 25 Best Vampire Movies
Keep rolling the projector, popping the popcorn, and howling at the moon. Don't growl at anyone.
Our werewolves are just on the screen, and these movies have real bite.