February 21, 2024

The buzz around the news Teen Wolf: The Movie the sexy and romantic version of the wolf proves to be a big draw for audiences. And there’s a reason that werewolf romance has become so popular on the big and small screens and as a genre in print in recent decades: despite being a longtime horror staple, werewolves aren’t usually all that scary. . In fact, long lycans the underground The movie franchise is probably the only scary werewolves in cinema.

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Most werewolf movies are scary despite the presence of the monster, not because of it

This does not mean that the werewolf the movies can’t be scary In the hands of a skilled filmmaker who knows how to combine atmosphere, suspense, and just the right amount of violence and gore, your monster movie doesn’t have to be scary for your monster movie to thrill your audience. Just watch the ultimate monster movie classic Jaws: It forced Spielberg to innovate ways to create suspense and scares without showing the monster because the fake shark looked more goofy than scary.

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The body horror involved in the werewolf’s transformation from human to monster can also create effective thrills. If the werewolf is our main character, he’s usually friendly and kind, and by the time the key transformation scene happens, we’ve become attached to him. This is the case of the unfortunate David Kessler (David Naughton) transformation An American Werewolf in Londonwhich is one of the most effective for body horror, as well as Gael García Bernal’s Jack Russell. Wolf at nightwhich, like Jawshe takes a more or less approach to show the horror, leaving the viewer’s imagination to fill in the details.

David Naughton as David Kessler in the painful werewolf transformation scene in 'An American Werewolf in London'.
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The appearance of wolves on the screen is a spectrum Teen Wolfalmost werewolf Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) at one end to real, real wolves sunset and Hemlock Grove on the other hand Most fall somewhere in the middle, with more wolf-like versions An American Werewolf in London and howling lying closer sunset more humanoid versions like the end and 2010 wolf man more closely Teen Wolf the end The problem is that regardless of where they fall on the spectrum, they rarely look scary.

More werewolves often take the form of anthropomorphized teddy bears, as in Claude Rains’ original 1941. The Wolf Man. But getting more wolf-like, for example howlingIt’s also ineffective because most people in the modern age don’t fear wolves, at least not in the same way they might fear snakes or spiders. Even movies that try to be really scary, like An American Werewolf in Paris, often results in something cartoonish. And of course, in recent years, the trend has been to make love interests, both original and modern Teen Wolf movies and series, sunsetand, yes, also the underground.

‘Underworld’s Lycans have a really unique look

Kate Beckinsale's Selene battles a giant wolf in Underworld: Awakening
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The difference the underground Lycans are them really terrifying appearance, especially the slightly humanoid lycans who can transform at will. Their design strikes the perfect balance between wolf-like and anthropomorphic, looking wild and dangerous and placing them in a particularly creepy part of the uncanny valley. They are also big and strong; they can easily break most of the vampires, so when they fight one of the heroes—even the most powerful older vampires—we really think the hero can die. No vampire dares face an unarmed one, except for those vampires like Marcus (Tony Curran) and Selene (Kate Beckinsale) who have enhanced powers of some sort, only former Viktor (Bill Nighy) goes toe-to-toe with Lycans without fear.

There’s a range of looks the underground Lycans, some with slightly more wolf-like faces than others. They are all giants—much larger than humans—but their bodies are essentially human-like. The differences between a Lycan’s body and a human body give them their own strange qualities. Their arms are longer than a human’s in relation to their body size, they end in massive hands with large claws, and like true wolves, they walk on their toes, turning their gait into a terrifying stalk. That almost-but-not-manly style of movement is the very definition of unknown.

Older Lycans such as William Corvinus (Brian Steele), the first lycan from which all others descend, has a more wolf-like face, with long, narrow snouts, and can no longer become human. Other lycans have shorter snouts and flatter faces and small, impenetrable black eyes hidden beneath sharp brows and are arguably more intimidating in appearance. Neither wolf-like nor human-like, they are something else, something beyond the spectrum and truly monstrous. People were still attracted to Michael J. Fox’s Scott Howard while he was in wolf form, but no one is having such thoughts. the underground Lycans

the undergroundThe only mistake made in the design of the werewolf is in the fourth film of the franchise, in 2012. Underworld: Awakening. When the few remaining lycans manage to create a giant “super-lycan” several times the size of a normal lycan, the creature’s long square snout and prominent nose give it a distinct canine appearance, which unfortunately completely kills the element of terror. the film aims

In fairness to other werewolves on screen, it’s hard to impress modern horror audiences. Moviegoers swooned in 1925 at the masquerade Lon ChaneyIt’s the Phantom of the Opera, but modern audiences are considerably more jaded. Perhaps this is why the most attractive monsters in cinema are – and always have been – dangerous and sympathetic. That’s why we keep coming back to Dracula and Godzilla and King Kong, and why so many of our classic movie monsters—our vampires, our werewolves, our ghosts, and even our jackals—have made the leap from villain to love. interest in modern cinema and television. As well the underground He strikes this note in his third film, Underworld: Rise of the Lycanswhat features Michael SheenHe is Lucian – the first lycan who can transform from human to monster at will – as a romantic lead and also works to humanize the lycans who permanently follow the beast.

After all, scary movie monsters: Xenomorph, Brundlefly or the like. the annihilation‘s bear — are a rarity on screen, perhaps because it’s so difficult to design a creature that makes the audience scream rather than laugh at the modern audience. But if the result is a climate that forces filmmakers to innovate—whether by designing more unique creatures, making their monsters more appealing than mindless killing machines, or building suspense in other Spielberg-style ways—that’s only a good thing. today’s horror fans.

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