Top 5 Scariest Werewolf Movies Of All Time

Top 5 Scariest Werewolf Movies Of All Time

We are werewolves. Not swearwolves. But although the immortal words of Rhys Darby’s
reluctant werewolf Anton were a resounding success for the world of horror comedy – Taika
Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s incredible 2014, What We Do In The Shadows – highlighted
a very important trope of horror based lycanthropy. It’s incredibly difficult to pull off a
werewolf scarefest without somehow, also poking fun at it. For decades, werewolves have often lingered
in the moonlit shadows of their blood-sucking counterparts – and have rarely been given
the cinematic depiction that a snarling, frenzied werewolf truly deserves. But although few, there are *some* horror
films that manage to level the playing field. Let’s take a look, shall we? Hello horror fans – what’s going on, and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube – Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch – as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Werewolf Movies Of All
Time. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from 1941’s The Wolf Man – because much like with Nosferatu of our Vampire list, we
first have to pay homage to the cinematic horror inspiration of our predecessors. Because, well – it’s only polite – and good
manners can go a long distance, even if you are afflicted with lycanthropy. The truth of the matter is though, the curse
of the werewolf is a concept deeply rooted in cultural history – and is in fact, perhaps
the first instance of body horror in Gothic history. It directly confronts our culture with the
question – where does the man end – and the beast begin? Kicking off at Number 5 – Silver Bullet, 1985 You may sense a trend in this list – and it’s
that the early 80s seemed to have a fervent desire to try and nail down the werewolf genre
once and for all – and what better way to do that, than with a tale from the King of
Horror Himself – of the Stephen variety, of course. Based on his novella, Cycle of the Werewolf
– Silver Bullet set out to capture that nostalgic, suburban coming of age miasma that Stephen
King has so often perfected – and Silver Bullet is exactly that, really – whilst also just
being a damn good horror film. Directed by Dan Attias, with a screenplay
from Stephen King himself – the film stars the one and only, Corey Haim as Marty Coslaw,
as well as none other than the legendary Gary Busey as his shambolically charming Uncle
Red. The thing is though – Silver Bullet, whilst
it manages to deliver some pretty decent consistent spooks – is also a pretty hilarious horror
comedy in parts, although perhaps at times it doesn’t intend to be. Not only is it funny though – it also has
a rare charm that is often only found in some of King’s similar works, particularly played
out the relationship between Marty and Uncle Red – as they hunt down a werewolf plaguing
their small town. It’s a Werewolf Horror Film, and it’s
a Stephen King film – and that’s good enough reason for me. Swing in at Number 4 – The Howling, 1981 Talking of the 80s – now we’re getting in
to some the era’s best. The fact that this film only comes in at Number
4 might perturb some people, but believe me when I say that the next few films on this
list are pretty tight. By the by though, 1981’s The Howling is
just a damn good movie – and when you look past the questionable performances – it’s
still an incredibly intelligent horror film. Directed by Joe Dante and based upon the Gary
Brandner novel of the same name, The Howling – tells the tale of a woman named Karen, and
her husband bill – who are sent to the remote mountains of Los Angeles – to a rehabilitation
resort called the Colony. Well, you know what’s what guys – this is
a werewolf list – and of course, turns out the Colony is actually populated by ravenous
werewolves, hungry for human flesh – and their soul intention is to bite as many humans as
possible to bolster their ranks. Also – although they may seem a little dated
now, the special effects in this film from the legendary Rob Bottin, were absolutely
cutting edge stuff at the time – and it served as testament to the creative lengths that
filmmakers can go with the intention of turning an actor into a furry, snarling lycan. Werewolves. Mountains. Eighties blood and gore. Yeah, it’s all good stuff. Coming up next at Number 3 – Dog Soldiers,
2001 And come on guys, I’m going to be a little
biased here – but if you’re asking me, there’s only one British Werewolf movie ever worth
mentioning, and it’s this one – 2001’s Dog Soldiers – which kind of makes me feel
a little bit old, actually. Nevertheless though, nostalgic werewolf movies
aside – Dog Soldiers is just a fantastic action horror onslaught, and it’s a must watch for
any budding horror fanatic – and more importantly, it’s quintessential British satire at its
best – although you might need to sink your teeth in a little bit deeper to realise it. Written and directed by Neil Marshall, the
man responsible for the awesome 2005 horror, The Descent – Dog Soldiers tells the tale
of a group of British Soldiers out on a training exercise in the Scottish Highlands. Of course, turns out that they’re being
hunted by werewolves – but the thing that makes Dog Soldiers such a fantastic horror
film, is that Marshall does away with that worn out trope of – boo-hoo, I’m a werewolf
and it’s super sad, why do I spend so much money on clothes – and instead, just turns
everything up to eleven, and relies on some simple, good old fashioned horror mathematics. Soldiers vs demonic-wolf-hell-dog-men. And because of that, it’s awesome. Dog Soldiers is essentially Evil Dead, just
with less questionable teenagers, more blood covered soldiers – and of course, some horrifying,
man-eating werewolves. Next up at Number 2 – Ginger Snaps, 2000 Ahhhh. Ginger Snaps – what a film. What a fantastic teen horror tour-de-force,
filled to the brim with late-90s angst – and of course, puberty based lycanthropy. The thing is though, just like how Dog Soldiers
managed to depart it’s way from the tired tropes of werewolf horror – Ginger Snaps also
did exactly that – just in a complete and utterly different direction – providing stark
proof that you *can* still make a charming werewolf horror – you just have to do things
a little – weird. And that’s what Ginger Snaps is – it’s
a calling card to all those kids that didn’t quite fit in at school, or had a macabre fascination
with the darker sides of emotion – Or – you know, ended up getting bitten by a werewolf. Either or. Written and directed by John Fawcett, Ginger
Snaps tells the tale of two teenage sisters, Brigitte and Ginger Fitzgerald – who share
a morbid fascination with death – a theme which binds them together on Ginger’s transmorphic
lycanthropic journey. Let’s not pander lightly – whilst being
a fantastic horror film – Ginger Snaps serves as a vivid, bare bones allegory for the trials
and tribulations that young women face when growing up – and it plays wholeheartedly to
the formula, that if you want to make a damned good werewolf movie – you better be willing
to do things a little differently. Also, it’s got one of the most fitting soundtracks
of all time. Yeah, Ginger Snaps guys – of course it makes
this list. And finally – at our Number 1 spot – An American
Werewolf in London, 1981 I’m sure that you’ve all been watching
this list, waiting for the time that this one rears its ugly eighties head – because
despite the point that I’ve been consistently trying to make, there IS in fact one werewolf
horror flick that earns the right to fully submit itself to those same, tired tropes. This one – 1981’s An American Werewolf in
London – a complete and utter enigma that is far too horrifying to be a comedy, and
far too comedic to be a horror – but there, in actual fact, lies the true, weird majesty
of this film. Written and directed by the legendary National
Lampooner, John Landis, An American Werewolf was actually one of three werewolf movies
that were all released in 1981. The Howling, which already made this list,
Wolfen – which is great, but isn’t *really* a werewolf movie – and of course, this one
– which is perhaps the best Werewolf movie ever made. But that’s the thing – it doesn’t even
try to be. It somehow manages to be hilarious without
even trying – whilst simultaneously being horrifying in the next moment. The main reason for that though, are the genre
defining special effects from the legendary designer Rick Baker – who pretty much set
the benchmark for his astounding physical depiction of a werewolf transformation. Let’s not beat about the bush – the narrative
for An American Werewolf is pretty cut and shut – but that’s not why it’s fantastic. It’s in the tight dialogue, the zingy one
liners – the terrifying moments of body horror, and the point of no return that happens when
a full moon looms ominously in the night’s sky. Well – there we have it horror fans, our list
for the Top 5 Scariest Werewolf Movies Of All Time. What do you reckon? Do you agree – or do you have any more to
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  1. If you're a big fan of horror movies, I'm sure you'll be a fan of horror literature as well – Top 5 Scariest Horror Comic Book Series

  2. Silver bullet is a book called cycle of the were wolf they were gonna give the movie the book name but could not do why don’t give the movie the thing that kills werewolves this is a kid

  3. Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!!(let me make that clear… the one soldier who was the distraction)

  4. Good list, but I would've also added A Company Of Wolves.
    Need to watch Silver Bullet still. It's always been on my to watch list but I somehow never got round to it.

  5. I love werewolf movies, I wish they were still being made. It feels like Directors are worried about touching these types of movies.

  6. The British movie Howl was a very interesting take on lycanthropy, An Amercan Werewolf in Paris was charming, and Ginger Snaps Back was also good.

  7. American werewolf in London is the only movie that has ever scared me I saw it when I was 7 and I’m now 31 to this day I still get scared watching it

  8. Thank you mate for mentioning An American Werewolf in London as number one! I have to say, I find this to be the best werewolf movie I have ever watched in my entire life! I saw this movie for the first time at the age of 9 I was determined to meet John Landis I did! Then, I was determined to meet with Baker the special effects makeup artist behind this fantastic movie and I did!

  9. The rewritten version of 1941 wolfman with Benicio del Toro, in my opinion should be been tied with an American werewolf in london.

  10. “An American Werewolf in London” is so overrated. The movie was okay, but it certainly doesn’t deserve to be in the #1 spot of every werewolf movie list. It’s becoming so cliche and predictable, as if it’s always being given the number one spot, because every other list puts it there, and people are afraid to stray from the norm. The Howling was WAY better and WAY more scarier. In my opinion, “The Howling” should’ve been in the number one or two spot, and why didn’t “Wolf” (1994) make this list?

  11. Werewolves are so cool, I enjoy them much more then vampires. Maybe its because they aren't as over saturated? Maybe because I love writing werewolves more then vampires…

  12. Good list, I mostly agree, I think I’d switch The Howling and Dog Soldiers. But my I’m nitpicking.

  13. I thought the remake of wolfman would have made the list. Also the pilot show for the tv series Werewolf was pretty good

  14. Wolfen needs to be on the next list. An amazing werewolf movie, chockablock with genuinely scary moments and effective social commentary… and its thermographic POV technique (for the hunting wolves) was later used in Predator

  15. I've seen every movie on this list, bigtime werewolf fan 🙂 Silver Bullet and Dog Soldiers are my all time favorites!

  16. AWWIL is getting remade and John Landis's son is going to be directing it, I've heard. My daughter loves scaring the 💩 outta me, because she knows I'm terrified when the dude transforms for the first time, and looks directly into the camera so my lovely child likes to pause the movie exactly at that part and calls me into the living room(I must admit that I always make up an excuse to leave the room whenever I know that scene's coming up 😆)talking bout she wanted to ask me something? 😆 If u watched the behind the scenes, the creature is basically a puppet. The WW howl is made up of a man screaming in agony and a wolf's howl…..Ugh, why am I watching this video at night? 😆

  17. Ditto an American werewolf in London The Best of the Best of the Best my number one pick 👍🕷️🕸️

  18. Let us not forget a soundtrack that was made up entirely of songs about the moon. AWIL is awesome and the claim that An American Werewolf in Paris was supposed to be the sequel is ludicrous.

  19. I disagree I wouldn't have put that on the list I would have put the howling as number one cuz that's my favorite werewolf movie that has the most epic werewolf transformation

  20. Interesting fact, apparently The Howling and American Werewolf were in production at the same time, both were vying to push the transformation scene to new heights and as such the makers of American Werewolf supposedly had a spy on The Howling’s set, after seeing Rob Bottin’s transformation scene and reporting back to Rick Baker and John Landis that it was filmed in the dark the decision was made to do their transformation scene in harsh, unflinching lighting so everything was visible in gory detail, thus winning the race to do the best transformation scene hands down.

  21. I’ll agree with 4 of these films but I never liked Ginger Snaps in a lot of ways it’s good but it also has a few flaws but I think mostly it’s just the story but that’s just my opinion

  22. Dog Soldiers was filmed not far from where I live, made me think twice about going outside at night haha

  23. The werewolf is my favorite monster. But, I have to ask… Where can I get an awesome Addams Family T-shirt, like the one your wearing?

  24. I love Dog Soldiers and Ginger Snaps, but The Howling deserved the #2 by a mile (in my opinion). It was unique while also being a 100% horror movie, instead of action-horror or puberty-allegory. I've seen tons of werewolf movies and read even more werewolf novels/ short stories, and The Howling has always been one of the very best.

  25. The Howling was good except for Dee Wallace turning into a were-poodle at the end (the only non-scary make-up in the whole movie). Silver Bullet was cool. An American Werewolf in London was insane & great. But my all-time favorite is Dog Soldiers.

  26. If you had written best instead of scariest, I might have come close to agreeing with you. An American Werewolf in London was one of my favorite but scary, come on man, Silver Bullet was pretty scary but scariest. All I can go by is how much the scared me while watching. Of these movies that would have to be Dog Soldiers for me. 25 years later Lon Chaney's wolfman was still scariest creature around, just my opinion.

  27. American Werewolf In London was not that scary. It was more funny than scary. While it might be a classic its not because its scary. AWIL does not deserve to even be on this list, and certainly not number one. You did a really poor job putting it at 1.

  28. Thank you for shouting out Silver Bullet my favorite Stephen King movie the werewolf in it always creeped me out as a kid but also made me want to be a werewolf

  29. Dog Soldiers is hands down one of the best if not the best werewolf movie ever made….really wish they would have made a second one

  30. So happy to see Dog Soldiers on here. I loved that one, and the creature design for those werewolves was fabulous.

  31. The Company of Wolves was the first werewolf fable that had me absolutely CAPTIVATED when I first saw it.
    It was like nothing else that has since or ever been made.
    Absolute ART.

  32. Great list except for Ginger Snaps at #2 really?maybe 4 or 5 but Howling and Silver Bullet are way better by far and are about a decade older.🙏😎

  33. I just found your page, and I've watched several of these movies now, and i think your biggest problem is that you confuse 'best' with 'scary'. American Werewolf in London was a much better movie than the Howling, but the Howling was horrifying. It's use of shadows and mystery made it blood curdling. It's been on my list of top 5 scariest horror movies since I first saw it, and was the only werewolf movie there.

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