What are the best werewolf movies that were released after Universal's "The Wolf Man"?

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Although there were a few werewolf movies preceding it, 1941's "The Wolf Man" is widely considered to be the first landmark of werewolf cinema. This movie is responsible for popularizing certain traits of the werewolf, such as transforming on the night of a full moon and being impervious to damage by all but silver weapons. "The Wolf Man" was so successful in establishing the modern werewolf mythos that it is almost impossible to imagine werewolves that don't have either of these characteristics today.Sadly, the following decades have seen a decline in the popularity of werewolves. The ‘50’s brought “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” starring Michael Landon, the ‘60’s brought “The Curse of the Werewolf” starring Oliver Reed, and the ‘70’s brought “Legend of the Werewolf” starring Peter Cushing. Unfortunately none of these movies were particularly inventive or influential, and the same can generally be said of the other werewolf movies released during these decades.

However, the last three decades have brought us some great werewolf movies that wolf man fans should definitely not miss. Here is a list of the 5 best werewolf movies since Universal's "The Wolf Man":5. The Company of Wolves (1984)

Based on a short story that brings the story of Little Red Riding Hood into a more mature sexual context, “The Company of Wolves” boasts some great special effects in a fantastical setting. Angela Lansbury stars in this werewolf movie that favors delving into folklore rather than buckets of blood.

4. Dog Soldiers (2002)

A British military squad is on a standard training exercise deep in a secluded forest when they run afoul of a pack of werewolves. This movie amps the violence by giving its human characters guns, grenades, and a fighting chance against the beasts that seek to kill them all.

3. Ginger Snaps (2000)

Two morbid young sisters must deal with the pains of becoming women while they also must deal with the problem that one of them is turning into a werewolf. This indie hit is rich with subtext and allegory, and was received so well by werewolf fans that it went on to inspire two sequels.

2. The Howling (1981)

Considered to be one of the scariest of all werewolf movies, “The Howling” follows a newswoman who is traumatized when she has a frightening encounter with the serial killer she is investigating. She is sent to a retreat to try to regain her memories and deal with the incident, but as she uncovers the truth she only becomes deeper in danger.

1. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

There is little dispute that An American Werewolf in London is widely considered the best werewolf movie ever made. Not only does the movie mix horror and comedy with amazing deftness, it also features what is considered to be the best werewolf transformation special effects ever committed to celluloid. Two friends are hiking in Britain one night when they are attacked by a werewolf. One of the friends is murdered while the other is only wounded. It turns out that the friend who died is the one who got off easy.

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