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.

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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.

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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.