WEREWOLVES IN POP CULTURE: WEREWOLF OF LONDON 1935
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Did you know that Werewolf of London was the first Hollywood mainstream movie to feature a werewolf? Yes folks believe it or not the Wolfman was not the first Hollywood werewolf movie. Wolfman premiered in 1941 while Werewolf of London premiered in 1935 .
Werewolf of London primarily set the stage for all werewolf movies to come. However, this werewolf movie would get snubbed only because critics of the time thought there were parallels between Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and was too laughable for a film about monsters of the night. Right . I know. Their lost. It should be up there with the greats of the greats. It also showcased and put upfront everything there is about the lycanthrope mythology that would ultimately start with a single bite.
It introduced other fascinating tidbits of mythos within the werewolf cinematic universe that werewolf movies do not use today, like a certain plant which would in turn be prevalent throughout other werewolf films but only as a plant called wolfbanes. ( I will write another post about wolfsbane) In this classic movie it was supposed to be a plant to cure lycanthropy but the plant only cured it temporarily . (I use something similar in my novel for my werewolves but will write another post about that as well)
Werewolf in London would in fact be the only werewolf movie to date to deeply explore the conceptual idea of trying to find a cure for the werewolf curse . To do this it explored a ticking clock technique and where if the werewolf didn’t make a kill every night they would lose their human form.
This might be another reason why the movie was snubbed at the time because it didn’t concentrate on the horror aspect as much of what most films in the Horror genre are. It was very pseudoscience and character driven for a film delving into the moral decisions of the main character. Also exploring the depths of how the werewolf instinctively will kill the one it loves the most. . I actually like the whole pseudoscience plot idea to delve into werewolf mythology. The only thing it was missing was the origin of the werewolf.
But all and all this movie is in fact an Influential masterpiece not only for all cinematic werewolf movies but music as well, Believe it or not but this film secretly inspired the most famous Warren Zevon’s song entitled ” Werewolf of London.”
It was suggested by Phil Everly who mentioned it to Zevon after watching the movie one night as a joke to adapt the title for a song and dance craze. And after 3 years and finally recording the song and releasing it. The song became a hit over night. Still famous it is widely circulated and can be heard playing in various movie soundtracks to this day.
So when you listen to this most famous song don’t forget to remember if it wasn’t for the 1935 movie Werewolf of London that the magnificent song would not have even existed. So that is why the movie itself should be taken seriously as an all-time classic.
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