Top 10 Werewolf Movies

It was fairly difficult to create this list of 10 werewolf movies as there’s only a relatively small selection to choose from. Compared to vampire and zombie films, werewolves occupy only a tiny niche in the horror genre. 1981 was a vintage year, with 3 films making the list from that year.

Werewolf Criteria: Must be a horror film with werewolves as the main focus. No split monster genres (Underworld, Monster Squad), no non-horror films (Teen Wolf, Abbott & Costello), and no shitty films (Twilight), regardless of popularity.

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10. The Company of Wolves (1984)

A nighmarish-fantasy film on the list for only one reason: it contains the most disgusting werewolf transformations which begin with the cursed grotesquely peeling away their own skin. *Shown in trailer.

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9. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

On here due more to nostalgia than quality, this Hammer ‘classic’ is my earliest recollected exposure to werewolf films.


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8. Ginger Snaps (2000)

A unique entry to the werewolf genre, starring two female leads and covering themes such as teenage angst and entrance to womanhood. Rightfully gained a cult following upon its release. Garnered two, unfortunately inferior, sequels.


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7. Bad Moon (1996)

Although lesser known, it’s a decent horror flick with some good scares and no shortage of gore. The trailer is awful, completely misrepresenting the film’s story and tone. Also worth a watch to see Mariel Hemingway get out-acted by a dog. *Better clip.


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6. The Beast Must Die! (1974)

Starring Hammer Films legend Peter Cushing and Dumbledore, this ’70s classic is heavy on the suspense and sideburns. Essentially a murder-mystery where a group of people are invited (trapped) in a mansion with one, or more, of them being a werewolf. They’re tasked with solving the mystery and, along with the audience, kept in the dark until the very end.


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5. Wolfen (1981)

Although Wolfen are not technically traditional werewolves, more like sentient wolves supported by a mythos, the film’s structure fits into the genre and deserves a place on the list. Noteworthy is the films use of thermal vision when showing the Wolfen’s p.o.v, years before the technique was made popular by Predator (1987).


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4. The Howling (1981)

The first, and easily best, of the Howling series (7). Great all around werewolf movie with decent acting, stellar transformation scenes, and some effective scares. The story, however, is a bit simple and the character’s development is weak (nonexistent,) even for a horror film.


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3. The Wolf Man (1941)

Though not the first Universal werewolf film, it is the most iconic, making the name Lon Chaney Jr synonymous with werewolves and the Wolf Man. A pioneer of the genre, it set the standard for emphasising atmosphere and aesthetic transformation.


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2. Dog Soldiers (2002)

While not bringing in anything new or innovative, Dog Soldiers is an all-around solid horror film. More action oriented than the other movies on the list, it’s a thrill ride from beginning to end. Also, regardless of whether it was by choice or necessity, the films lack of cgi greatly adds to its gritty, uncompromising nature.


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1. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

John Landis’ masterpiece horror-dark comedy. This timeless classic boast unparalleled makeup work and the best transformations to date. Where other werewolf films falter, An American Werewolf in London shines. It has an engaging plot, likeable characters, and can be both truly frightening and humorous at will.


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About sebastianhaff
I'm Steve. 24 year old recent college grad. My love of films (and sheer boredom) lead me to begin this blog. My taste in movies is eclectic, although I tend to lean toward foreign and non-mainstream cinema. Feel free to contact me at: sebastianhaff@ymail.com

One Response to Top 10 Werewolf Movies

  1. werewolf slayer says:

    thats not all

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