Werewolves have been a staple of horror movies for pretty much as long as there have been horror movies. Some of them have even been pretty good, especially when watched at night while sitting in front of your TV with the lights dimmed. So, if you’re looking for a good werewolf movie, or even a bad one, take a look at this list of streamable werewolf-based movies. It should be a howling good ti…. you know what? I’m not even going to finish that sentence.
Dog Soldiers (Amazon)
Directed by Neil Marshall (who also has the movie The Descent, as well as episodes of Game of Thrones on his resume), this 2002 flick has a squad of British soldiers dropped into a Scottish forest on a training mission. Little did they know that this training mission would be against werewolves! Because that happens.
An American Werewolf in London (Amazon)
When two American students go backpacking across England, they get way more than the brochure promised. Namely, one gets killed, and the other turns into a werewolf. The U.K. really seems to have its share of werewolf issues, doesn’t it? They should really form a committee or something.
He’s a cop… who’s also a werewolf. However, he’s not your typical werewolf cop. He’s an alcoholic werewolf cop. Y’know… the best kind. This 2014 Canadian production has been so popular on Netflix and on DVD that a sequel is already in the works. We’re hoping it’s called WolfCop 2: Son of WolfCop. That’d be sweet.
Two sisters, outcasts in their suburban community (and in Canada, of all places), find their teenage lives even more needlessly complicated when one of them gets bitten by a werewolf. Yes, the girl who becomes a werewolf is named Ginger. You’re very perceptive.
This isn’t so much “Jack Nicholson as a werewolf” as it is “Jack Nicholson gradually turns into a werewolf, and it’s a metaphor for something or another.” He plays a book editor who gets bitten by a wolf, and we all know what that leads to. In this instance, it leads to having sex with Michelle Pfeiffer, apparently.
Most movies about werewolves usually focus on the trials and tribulations of some poor unlucky schmoe who is cursed with werewolfness or werewolfitis. Skin Walkers is a bit more ambitious, focusing on two warring clans of werewolves (because no one wants to see a movie about two packs of werewolves who begrudgingly tolerate each other) and all the mythology and mysticism that you’d expect.
Romasanta/Werewolf Hunt (Hulu)
Supposedly based on a true story, Romasanta involves the investigation of murders in a small Spanish town. When the clues lead towards a culprit, the man admits to the crimes… while claiming he is actually cursed as a werewolf. It’s listed as a Spanish-Italian-British horror film, and, as such, it’s kind of artsy. But it’s also scary, which is what we’re going for here, after all. Lionsgate released the movie on DVD in the U.S., renaming it Werewolf Hunt.
Cursed explores that age old scenario, “What if the guys who made Scream made a werewolf movie?” Well, this movie answers that question pretty well, honestly. It stars Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg as siblings on the run from werewolves in Los Angeles.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t let Stephen King get in on the fun. Based on the novella Cycle of the Werewolf (which sadly isn’t about BMX racing lycanthropes), it focuses on a dysfunctional family who gets closer because a werewolf is killing people in their town. It also feature Gary Busey right around the time he really started going off the deep end.
Finally, we come to this gem of a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode. When a crew worker on an archaeological dig gets cut on a mysterious skeleton (well, it’s not that mysterious… it’s clearly a werewolf), he sets into motion events that, unfortunately, involve Martin Sheen’s brother. It’s a great episode.