An American Werewolf in London is 35 years old this year, so let’s celebrate and take a look at the hairiest and scariest of the cinematic wolf pack.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
John Landis’s classic invented the horror-comedy, reinvented werewolf lore, and revolutionised special makeup effects with its Oscar-winning transformation scene. 35 years on, it hasn’t dated one bit and is still howlingly good fun.
The Howling (1981)
AWIL might have the best transformation scene, but Joe Dante’s love letter to the cycle has the best werewolf. This in-joke-laden romp inspired no end of abysmal sequels, but the original is the only one you need to see.
Bad Moon (1996)
German shepherd Thor suspects his owner’s brother (Michael Paré) is a blood relative and attempts to protect his human pack in Eric Red’s forgotten gem. A great werewolf movie and a great dog movie rolled into one.
Silver Bullet (1985)
The werewolf looks more like a teddy bear, but this adaptation of Stephen King’s novella is still a guilty pleasure all the way, thanks to a blustering performance by Gary Busey and a ‘who’s the wolf?’ mystery at its centre.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Linking animal aggro with adolescent angst, Katherine Isabelle suffers growing pains in this dark, estrogen-fuelled teen thriller. Ginger spilled fresh blood into a genre facing extinction from too many lousy Howling sequels.