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Werewolves - Lycans, Skinwalkers & Other Man-Beasts

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Werewolf of London (1935)

Directors:  Stuart Walker

Writers: John Colton (screenplay), Robert Harris (story)

Stars:  Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson

Story:  The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.

Other Films In Series: None.

The Wolf Man (1941)

Directors:  George Waggner

Writers: Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)

Stars:  Claude Rains,  Warren William,  Lon Chaney Jr.

Story:  A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

Other Films In Series: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945), The Wolfman (2010)

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The Mad Monster (1942)

Directors: Sam Newfield

Writers: Fred Myton (original screenplay)

Stars: Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel

Story: A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Undying Monster (1942)

Directors: John Brahm

Writers: Lillie Hayward (screenplay), Michael Jacoby (screenplay)

Stars: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard

Story:  Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

Other Films In Series: None

James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard

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She-Wolf of London (1946)

Directors: Jean Yarbrough

Writers: George Bricker (screenplay), Dwight V. Babcock (original story)

Stars: Don Porter, June Lockhart, Sara Haden

Story: A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Directors: Terence Fisher

Writers: Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder), Guy Endore (novel)

Stars: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain

Story:  A mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar, dies giving birth on Christmas to a boy named Leon. Years later during a hunting incident, Leon falls victim of a monstrous curse. Time marches ever onward until as a young man he finds work in a wine cellar...and finds love in the owner's beautiful daughter. Unfortunately for Leon, the next full moon may spell ruin for him and all those near.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Beast Must Die (1974)

Directors: Paul Annett

Writers: Michael Winder (screenplay)

Stars: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark

Story:  Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one?

Other Films In Series: None.

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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Directors: John Landis

Writers: John Landis

Stars: David Naughton,  Jenny Agutter,  Joe Belcher

Story:  Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Other Films In Series: An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

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The Howling (1981)

Directors: Joe Dante

Writers: Gary Brandner (novel), John Sayles (screenplay)

Stars: Dee Wallace,  Patrick Macnee,  Dennis Dugan

Story:  After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. 

Other Films In Series: Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985), Howling III: The Marsupials (1987), Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988), Howling V: The Rebirth (1989), Howling VI: The Freaks (1991), The Howling: New Moon Rising (1995), The Howling: Reborn (2011)

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Wolfen (1981)

Directors: Michael Wadleigh

Writers: Whitley Strieber (novel), David Eyre (screenplay)

Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Venora, Edward James Olmos

Story: A New York cop investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks.

Other Films In Series: None

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The Company of Wolves (1984)

Directors: Neil Jordan

Writers: Angela Carter (screenplay), Neil Jordan (screenplay)

Stars: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner

Story: A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine and she has a disturbing dream involving wolves which appears to take place in the woods visible from her bedroom window.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Silver Bullet (1985)

Directors: Daniel Attias

Writers: Stephen King (novel & screenplay)

Stars: Gary Busey,  Everett McGill,  Corey Haim

Story: A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw (a paralytic boy), his uncle and his sister (the narrator of the story).

Other Films In Series: None.

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Wolf (1994)

Directors: Mike Nichols

Writers: Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick

Stars: Jack Nicholson,  Michelle Pfeiffer,  James Spader

Story: Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Bad Moon (1996)

Directors: Eric Red

Writers: Wayne Smith (novel), Eric Red (screenplay)

Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré, Mason Gamble

Story: Full, crescent, quarter...each is a Bad Moon for Ted Harrison. By day, he’s a photojournalist visiting family in the Pacific Northwest. By night, he transfigures into a horrific beast: a werewolf. The secret, however, may be out, as the family dog Thor has his suspicions.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Ginger Snaps (2000)

Directors: John Fawcett

Writers: Karen Walton (story), John Fawcett (story)

Stars: Emily Perkins,  Katharine Isabelle,  Kris Lemche

Story: Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Other Films In Series: Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004), Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2004)

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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Directors: Christophe Gans

Writers: Stéphane Cabel (adaptation)

Stars: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jérémie Renier

Story: In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Dog Soldier (2002)

Directors: Neil Marshall

Writers: Neil Marshall

Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby

Story: A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Underworld (2003)

Directors: Len Wiseman

Writers: Kevin Grevioux (story), Len Wiseman (story)

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly

Story: Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

Other Films In Series: Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), Underworld: Awakening (2012), Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)

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Van Helsing (2004)

Directors: Stephen Sommers

Writers: Stephen Sommers

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh

Story: The notorious monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for some sinister purpose.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Cursed (2005)

Directors: Wes Craven

Writers: Kevin Williamson

Stars: Christina Ricci,  Jesse Eisenberg,  Portia de Rossi

Story: A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of two young adults, who, after being mauled by the beast, learn they must kill their attacker if they hope to change their fate to avoid becoming werewolves too.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Skinwalkers (2006)

Directors: James Isaac

Writers: James DeMonaco, Todd Harthan

Stars: Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra

Story: A 12 year old boy and his mother become the targets of two warring werewolf packs, each with different intentions and motives.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Blood & Chocolate (2007)

Directors: Katja von Garnier

Writers: Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Christopher Landon (screenplay)

Stars: Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Olivier Martinez

Story: A young teenage werewolf is torn between honoring her family's secret and her love for a man.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Wolfman (2010)

Directors: Joe Johnston

Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker (screenplay), David Self (screenplay)

Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt

Story: Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man is bitten, and subsequently cursed by, a werewolf.

Other Films In Series: The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945)

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Red Riding Hood (2011)

Directors: Catherine Hardwicke

Writers: David Leslie Johnson

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman

Story: Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)

Directors: Louis Morneau

Writers: Michael Tabb (screenplay), Catherine Cyran (screenplay)

Stars: Ed Quinn, Guy Wilson, Stephen Rea

Story: Set in a 19th century village, a young man studying under a local doctor joins a team of hunters on the trail of a wolf-like creature.

Other Films In Series: None.

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A Werewolf Boy (2012)

Directors: Sung-hee Jo

Writers: Sung-hee Jo

Stars: Joong-Ki Song, Bo-Young Park, Yeong-ran Lee

Story: Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Wer (2013)

Directors: William Brent Bell

Writers: William Brent Bell (screenplay), Matthew Peterman (screenplay)

Stars: A.J. Cook,  Fran Drescher,  Sebastian Roché

Story: A defense attorney begins to suspect that there might be more to her client, who is charged with the murders of a vacationing family, than meets the eye.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Late Phases (2014)

Directors: Adrián García Bogliano

Writers: Eric Stolze

Stars: Nick Damici,  Ethan Embry,  Lance Guest

Story: When deadly beasts attack from the forest, it is up to a grizzled veteran to uncover what the residents of a secluded retirement community are hiding.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Wolves (2014)

Directors: David Hayter

Writers: David Hayter

Stars: Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, Jason Momoa

Story: A boy is trying to find out about his family history and stumbles upon a town of lycans.

Other Films In Series: None.

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When Animals Dream (2014)

Directors: Jonas Alexander Arnby

Writers: Rasmus Birch, Christoffer Boe (original idea)

Stars: Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter

Story: 16-year old Marie lives on a small island with her seriously ill mother and her father, who takes care of the family. But suddenly mysterious deaths happen and Marie can feel something strange happening to her body.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Howl (2015)

Directors: Paul Hyett

Writers: Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler

Stars: Ed Speleers,  Holly Weston,  Shauna Macdonald

Story: When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.

Other Films In Series: None.

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