Today marks the third anniversary of our werewolf western series HIGH MOON. To celebrate, Steve Ellis and I thought we’d take the time to share with you our top list of werewolves that have influenced, entertained, and inspired us over the years.
Starting with this classic:
6. The Wolf Man
SE: You can’t go wrong with this classic tale of innocent Larry Talbot, a poor bastard of a man, who gets caught up in circumstances that are out of his control. I saw this when I was younger – so I’m not sure how much it would still hold up though.
DG: This is a simple yet effective atmospheric masterpiece of horror. Lon Chaney Jr. plays his role to perfection. This is the foundation that all great werewolf movies should be built upon.
5. Werewolf / Being Human
DG: As a kid, I was forbidden from seeing this show on FOX – but that didn’t really stop me. I would totally watch it when my parents were asleep – it was so taboo. I look at this as one of the major influences of High Moon for me. It doesn’t hold up that well, but there is something about it that still sticks with me.
SE: This show made me understand that when you have a low-budget – using shadow was a great way to hide your lousy special effects. It reminds me of something else … what’s that show … on BBC?
DG: BEING HUMAN?
SE: Oh my god – totally awesome show – oh my god! Sorry, Gallaher – that’s my pick for #5. Amazing show. Fantastic story. Chilling ambiance. Great characters.
DG: Fair enough.
4 .Werewolf: The Apocalypse
DG: In the early 90s, White Wolf created an intriguing and complex role-playing game, which let players take on the roles of lycanthropic warriors who were locked in a battle of spiritual corruption and urban devastation – a battle that was set to bring about the Apocalypse. This is the first RPG that I played that really focused on character development, personal growth, and complex struggles.
SE: It was a hell of a lot of fun to play too. I love the ideas they came up with – and I loved they way the werewolves looked, the way they behaved – and it was really unique at the time. This is really what got me into werewolves.
3. Werewolf by Night
DG: When I think of comic book werewolves, Jack Russell is always at the top of the list. My first experience with Werewolf By Night was through Power Record’s CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF book and record set. The creepy music, the overwrought voiceovers, and the dynamic art really had a dramatic influence on my poor five-year old mind.
SE: You know it’s funny – I only read a few issues of this, but it doesn’t stick with me the same way it does with you. But – when Bill Sienkiewicz drew Moon Knight fighting Werewolf By Night – THAT was absolutely mind-blowing. I think it was in Issue #29 of the Moon Knight series. Amazing.
2. American Werewolf in London
DG: Despite the fact that you never see a “werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand walking through the streets of Soho in the rain” at any point in this film, it is still pretty damn amazing.
SE: John Landis and the spirited cast make one hell of a flick – with easily the most terrifying werewolf transformation scene ever committed to film. This is really one of the creepiest movies I have ever seen – it freaked the crap out of me. The special effects were really tremendous.
1. Dog Soldiers
SE: Stomach-churning special effects and a unique twist on the werewolf design. This British film by Neil Marshall begins with a couple camping in the Scottish Highlands – and ends in utter bloodshed.
DG: You stole my stomach-churning joke, but yeah – this is probably my favorite werewolf film. Without a doubt. Scary. Haunting. Intense.
DG: So there you have it ... our choice for the top werewolves in entertainment -- please be sure to check out some of these comics, films, and television shows this Halloween.
SE: Thanks for joining us.