werewolf of london

What is the fascination with the werewolves and London? It seems to me that there is an abundance of werewolf of London related titles ranging from songs to movies.

The beginning 1935? The original Werewolf of London was actually a movie filmed in 1935 which was in black and white and starred Henry Hull. This werewolf movie is credited to some as being the first mainstream werewolf movie that came out of Hollywood. It was not until 1941 that Lon Chaney Jr. took the starring role in the original The Wolf Man movie that went on to become on of the most wide know werewolf films even until today. The Wolf Man became so popular in fact that the movie was remade into an updated version where Lawrence Talbots is recreated with modern effects. This 2010 version of The Wolf  Man was titled The Wolfman, to some the play with the title and the change of the two word “Wolf Man” to one word “Wolfman” sparked an instant debate.

But back to the topic! The fascination with “werewolf” and London.”

It was 1978 that Warren Zevon sang the song Werewolves of London. Sending the song quickly to the top of the charts in the United States, leaving many listeners with the remembrances of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” in their head with the combination of the werewolf. This leaves me to guess where inspiration of the song came from, Alabama or London?

1981 Gets here, this time technology is better, movie effects improved, black and white film… gone. John Landis makes an attempt at writing and directing what would become to many the “standard” of werewolf transformation scenes in the movie werewolf movie, An American Werewolf in London. To this day the film sets a standard to which werewolf fans and horror fans alike compare all other werewolf transformation scenes. Apparently though, Landis wrote the werewolf movie at least tens years earlier before he was even able to get any actual work done to get it made.

1987, the dawn of the werewolf game. Werewolves were seemingly fresh on peoples minds and so were computers. One company took initiative and introduced their take on the werewolf game for Werewolves of London. However the werewolf game did not revolutionize the werewolf scene like the other popular “London Werewolf” titled projects, the game actually is said to have been somewhat of a flop.

When will the Werewolf of London titles stop? It seems that there is a never ending trend for the combination, maybe they should work on the Vampire From London and take a rest from the wolf.



I am the second contributor to the ilovewerewolves home. Buddy is the first.

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  1. Aconissa says:

    I think it is because London sometimes has a mysterious, smoggy, dodgy look where anything can be hiding, human or not.

  1. August 22, 2010

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