Monday, February 16, 2009

Year of the Werewolf?

Will 2009 be the year of the Werewolf?
Not since 1981, with the release of "The Howling", "Wolfen" and "An American Werewolf in London"(one of my personal all time favorite movies), has there been such of glut of filmed lycanthropy preparing for release.

We have already seen "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans", and later this year Benicio Del Toro will go through the Rick Baker transformation in "Wolf Man". Throw in the sequel to "Twilight", "New Moon" and the upcoming Harry Potter flick, and then add for good measure "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (I know, not actually a werewolf movie, but, what the heck...he's furry with claws), and you have one hairy beast of a howling movie line up.

Will they be any good? Well, in my humble opinion, outside of the "Wolf Man", I do not hold much hope. Whereas the three released in 81 (all released within 4 months) were true horror flicks and carried with them the requisite R rating, only the "Underworld" and "Wolf Man" seems aiming for anything like true adult horror. Oh well. I guess that is better than nothing.