As soon as the full moon comes: 20 films about werewolves

Werewolves are clearly inferior in popularity to vampires and zombies. However, in the full moon, the duality of nature, extreme transformation, there are many interesting clues for mystical plots. The wolf man can make any movie night. Our next selection is flooded with moonlight and fraught with ominous grins. On this list, you’ll find the best werewolf movies, from fantasy melodramas and comedy thrillers to bloody horror.

November (2017)

The black-and-white mystical melodrama is one of the best Estonian films of recent years. Cool folk horror will delight you with visuals, self-irony and selective horrors. Residents of a small impoverished village are forced to sell their souls to the devil so that he can revive Kratts – self-made creatures that can help with the housework. The local dead visit relatives to take a steam bath, turning into huge chickens with brooms. A young girl who turns into a she-wolf at night falls in love with a simple guy, but he dreams of the daughter of a baron, the owner of this strange village.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
November

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi …

Country:
Estonia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Howl (2015)

A passenger train breaks down on a remote stretch of railway in the middle of a forest. While the staff is looking for ways to remedy the situation, an eerie howl is heard nearby. The train is attacked by a nightmarish creature thirsting for human blood. People are trying with all their might to escape and hold out until the morning. A light youth movie about werewolves is distinguished by a non-trivial soundtrack and original camera work.

Original title:
Howl

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action movie, thriller, detective

Actors:
Edward Speleers, Holly Weston, Sean Pertwee…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 5.4

Age limit:
16+


Late Phases (2014)

A lonely blind old man, a Vietnam War veteran , moves into a small retirement community. But one cannot count on a measured life in the wilderness: every full moon, someone – obviously not a person – kills the inhabitants. The former soldier has only thirty days until the next full moon to figure out the werewolf and face the monster fully armed.

Original title:
Late Phases

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest …

Country:
USA, Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
18+


Wolf Cop (2014)

An alcoholic policeman, accidentally falling into a satanic ritual, notices strange changes in himself. After a conversation with a fellow freak, the cop realizes that he has become a werewolf. The ability to turn into a wolf turns out to be very useful in the service: this way you can deal with criminals much more effectively. That’s just among the bandits there is a real monster. The foreign werewolf horror film is an unassuming comedy in which a thick-haired law enforcer rips apart less hairy troublemakers.

Original title:
WolfCop

Genre:
Horror, comedy

Actors:
Leo Fafard, Amy Mathisio, Sarah Lind…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Werewolf (2013)

A graduate of a law school boldly takes on the most controversial cases. The young lawyer ‘s new client is suspected of brutal murder. A possible criminal suffers from a rare disease – the body is covered with hair, and there are animal traits in the behavior. But if the suspect is telling the truth, it means that a real monster dealt with the victims. The film with a detective intrigue and a spectacular final twist was shot in pseudo-documentary style .

Original title:
Wer

Genre:
Horror, Action, Thriller, Detective

Actors:
A.J. Cook, Brian Scott O’Connor, Sebastian Roche …

Country:
South Africa, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Werewolf Boy (2012)

Werewolf Love Fantasy is a highly rated romantic film from South Korea. After a devastating war that divided the peninsula into two states, the family moves to a country house – the eldest daughter with sick lungs needs fresh air. In the barn, the girl meets a wild boy. At first, the guy is mistaken for an orphan traumatized by the war, but in reality everything turns out to be much more incredible.

Original title:
Neukdae sonyeon

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Song Jun-gi, Park Po-young, Yu Young-seok …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+


Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)

A pack of werewolves destroyed the boy’s family – only by a miracle did the child manage to survive. Having matured, the guy turned into a ruthless hunter of evil spirits. In a small village every full moon, a bloodthirsty wolf man is at work. The hero will have to deal with the monster, but this time the hunt for the monster will be especially difficult – the insidious enemy has learned to transform into a beast of his own free will.

Original title:
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller

Actors:
Ed Quinn, Guy Wilson, Stephen Rea …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Werewolves of Arga (2011)

Top movies about wolves and werewolves continues mystical  Spanish thriller . Many years ago, in a small village, one of the families fell under the influence of a terrible curse. Reincarnating as wolves, members of the family terrified the area. After decades, a distant descendant, unaware of the terrible events, arrives in the homeland of their ancestors. The locals intend to gain freedom from the curse at the cost of the life of a stranger.

Original title:
Lobos de Arga

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Gorka Ochoa, Carlos Areses, Secun de la Rosa…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Little Red Riding Hood (2011)

The mother expects to marry her daughter to a rich blacksmith, but the girl is in love with an unprepossessing lumberjack. Meanwhile, a werewolf roams the forest, thirsting for human blood. Attempts by hunters to catch the monster are futile. The girl guesses that the monster is someone close. The horror incarnation of a well-known fairy tale is worth a look for all fans of the romance of “Twilight” – the film was shot by the director of the first part of the vampire franchise.

Original title:
Red Riding Hood

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Shiloh Fernandez…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Wolfman (2010)

A young English aristocrat returns to Britain after several years in the US to take part in the search for his missing brother. The investigation comes to the trail of a terrible night creature tearing people apart. A fight with a rampaging monster threatens to turn into a deadly curse. A fast-paced werewolf feature film based on the iconic 1941 black-and-white horror film.

Original title:
The Wolfman

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


The Boy Who Talked About the Werewolf (2010)

An American family inherits a castle in distant and mysterious Romania from a distant relative. Unexpected real estate is especially pleased with the son-schoolboy, obsessed with mysticism. In the new possessions, the happy family will have to face mysterious creatures, dark dungeons and ancient secrets. However, quite earthly realtors claiming the castle are no less dangerous.

Original title:
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, comedy, family

Actors:
Victoria Justice, Chase Allison, Anna Galvin…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
6+


Werewolf Hunt (2008)

The teenage girl immediately suspected something was wrong with the new neighbor. Nobody paid attention to the fears of the schoolgirl , even when people began to disappear in the district. Enlisting the support of a local hunter and a messenger boy (the guy fell in love with the girl at first sight), the heroine tries to resist the ferocious immortal monster. A captivating plot and colorful characters ensured a youth horror film a place in the top films about werewolves.

Original title:
Never Cry Werewolf

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Nina Dobrev, Kevin Sorbo, Peter Stebbings…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Blood and Chocolate (2006)

A sensual and romantic film about the love of a werewolf. A werewolf girl managed to fall in love with an ordinary man. Although the feelings are mutual, the couple is not destined to be together, because the secret can be revealed, and then the consequences will be unpredictable. The wolf girl decides to go against her feelings and part with her chosen one. The plot is based on the novel of the same name by Annette Curtis Clouse.

Original title:
Blood and Chocolate

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, horror

Actors:
Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Olivier Martinez …

Country:
UK, Germany, Romania, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Werewolves (2005)

Brother and sister on a full moon on a forest road encounter a mysterious monster. After a horrific encounter, the young people began to show supernatural powers . A real discovery for the heroes will be the fact that there are much more animals in human form nearby than you can imagine. The director of the comedy-mystery film in the thriller genre was the creator of the famous horror franchises A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream.

Original title:
Cursed

Genre:
Horror, comedy

Actors:
Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, Joshua Jackson…

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Romasante: Werewolf Hunt (2004)

In the 19th century, wolves bred in the forests of northern Spain. Predators even began to attack people. The wounds on the torn corpses look different than in the attacks of animals, and indicate, rather, a person. Rumors about werewolves spread among the locals. The British-Spanish horror movie is not about werewolves, but about a real serial killer who believed that he was able to turn into a wolf.

Original title:
Romasanta

Genre:
Horror, Action, Thriller, Drama

Actors:
Julian Sands, Elsa Pataky, John Sharian…

Country:
Spain, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
16+


Underworld (film series, 2003 – 2016)

Secretly from people for many centuries there is a cruel war between vampires and lycans. Dealer of death Selina – a warrior from the clan of vampires – bravely fights against bloodthirsty opponents. The proximity of victory turns out to be deceptive: the enemy is preparing an insidious plan, and a simple person with unusual genes is able to completely change the balance of power. The creators of the franchise sought to create a modern story of Romeo and Juliet in the style of dark fantasy.

Original title:
Underworld

Genre:
Fantasy, action, thriller

Actors:
Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen…

Country:
USA, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Warrior Dogs (2001)

In a scary movie with werewolves, an ordinary military exercise turns into a bloody nightmare. Six fighters secretly make their way to the camp of a mock enemy and find torn human bodies there. The full moon is shining in the sky, and a loud howl heralds the approach of an immortal monster. The monster is impossible to deal with. The only way to survive is to survive until dawn.

Original title:
Dog Soldiers

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby …

Country:
UK, Luxembourg

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
16+


Werewolf (2000)

The informal sisters, due to their passion for horror films and specific behavior, became outcasts among their peers at school. To get revenge on a classmate, the girls stage the murder of a dog by a monster. But soon a real monster appears in the city and bites one of the sisters. The girl after the incident changes dramatically: they become beautiful, relaxed and dangerous.

Original title:
Ginger Snaps

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Emily Perkins, Katherine Isabelle, Chris Lemke…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

Andy’s cronies, Chris and Brad go to Paris. Late at night at the Eiffel Tower, Andy keeps a girl from committing suicide. A noble deed brings a caring man against a clan of Parisian werewolves. The American enters into a confrontation with monsters in order to save the girl and save his own life, because due to a bite, the hero risks losing his mind and becoming a wolf on the next full moon.

Original title:
An American Werewolf in Paris

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Tom Everett Scott, Julie Delpy, Vince Vieluf …

Country:
UK, Netherlands, Luxembourg, USA, France, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.1

Age limit:
16+


Wolf (1994)

An aging publisher under the pressure of young colleagues is losing its grip on business . A wolf bite changes a derailed life. Vigor, strength and efficiency return to the hero. Vision improves, instincts sharpen. At the same time, terrible murders take place in the city at night – behind each successive victim, the image of a terrible beast looms. For the classic horror film starring Jack Nicholson, the legendary Ennio Morricone wrote a hypnotic musical soundtrack.

Original title:
Wolf

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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