It’s a Wolf Man Thing … On the Movie Poster.
Cue the Lon Chaney Tribute among other films that dealt with those infected with Lycanthropy. An infliction I’m happy to say I’ve never had or met anyone just yet who is a definite carrier of the rather hairy curse. From the pen of scriptwriter Curt Siodmak comes the legendary warning issued throughout the classic Universal Monsters series …
“”Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and Autumn moon is bright.”
Believe it or not, that’s a quote that Number one son Ethan knew by the time he was about 5 or 6 after I introduced him to the Chaney films that he devoured as a little tyke prompting him to dress as Lawrence Talbot’s alter ego on one spooky Halloween night years ago. A fond memory to be sure.
For fans of the classic Universal series, most will know of the 1935 first go around for the studio, The Werewolf of London featuring Henry Hull and Warner Oland as opposing forces of cursed men.
Enter Lon Chaney Jr. taking up the lead as the long suffering Lawrence Talbot.
” I killed Bela. I killed Richardson. If I stay here any longer, you can’t tell who’ll be next.
“Your own son Bela was a werewolf. He attacked me. He changed me into a werewolf. He’s the one that put this curse on me. “
A pair of House Parties…….
“No earthly power can help those that are marked by the sign of the pentagram. “
“Who are these people? Get them out of here. I didn’t come here to be put on exhibition. “
Tangling with Lou Costello in the best of all horror spoofs ……
Lon : “Last night I went through another one of my horrible experiences. Many years ago I was bitten by a werewolf. Now, whenever the full moon rises I turn into a wolf myself. “
Lou : “That’s all right; I’m sort of a wolf myself. “
Following the demise of the classic era we saw others turn up to hunt during the nights of the full moon.
“You think he still wants to live after what he’s become?”
Dear Ollie under an iconic make up job all his own by way of Hammer Studios.
Not isolated to the male of the species…..
A personal favorite from numerous viewings as a kid staying up for the late late show featuring Peter Cushing….. “This is the Werewolf Break. Have you guessed who the werewolf is? Is it Paul Foote? Jan? Davina? Dr. Lundgren? Caroline? You have 30 seconds to give your answer… “
A werewolf tribute would not be complete without a nod to Mr. Paul Naschy.
Along came the 1980’s and a new breed of wolves hit the screen.
“There exists on this earth such as we dare not imagine; life as certain as our death, life that will prey on us as surely as we prey on this earth. “
“On the moors, we were attacked by a lycanthrope, a werewolf. I was murdered, an unnatural death, and now I walk the earth in limbo until the werewolf’s curse is lifted. “
Here’s an in depth look at the John Landis film from a pal of mine that is WELL worth a look.
Not sure if I featured your favorite in here or not but I certainly wasn’t about to spotlight the disappointment I felt when Nicholson took up the fangs of the beast or when CGI pitted Del Toro against Hopkins. While I do own a couple of the above posters I am sad to say I have none of the Lon Chaney copies here in the vault but I do have a mint shaped one sheet of my favorite from the early 1980’s rash of titles. Joe Dante’s classic tribute to the Wolf Man films of old.
“A secret society exists, and is living among all of us. They are neither people nor animals, but something in-between. “