One thing's for certain about MTV's dark reworking of the feel-good '80s comedy Teen Wolf, the man behind it knows his werewolves. I recently sat down to chat with writer-producer Jeff Davis about his new show, and asked him to tell me his picks for the five greatest werewolf movies of all time. Find out what they are after the jump, and let us know if you agree or disagree.
"I hope I don't anger anybody by saying this," says Davis, "but I think I might have to say… The Howling – I don't know if I want to put them in order – American Werewolf in London, and even though I haven't seen it in a while my love for the movie still remains, Silver Bullet, with Corey Haim and Gary Busey. It's got this great Stephen King twist, and I love the [novella on which it's based], Cycle of the Werewolf. What else? I really did enjoy Underworld. But the problem is there really aren't that many great werewolf movies. I will have to say The Wolf Man, the original. Oh, and even though 'Wolf Man' isn't in the title, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. I think in that movie they meet Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolf Man. I love that movie. That's actually my number one probably. And the original Teen Wolf of course! (How could I not think of that?) I would have to say...
"1.) Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein, 2.) The Wolf Man, 3.) The Howling, 4.) American Werewolf in London... and then I'll have to put Teen Wolf as number 5.
"For American Werewolf in London it was the combination of scares and humor. I just loved it. The Howling is just such a great horror movie from the ‘80s. Actually, you could even count the original twenty-minute "Thriller" video as a werewolf movie -- they did a pretty good job. But American Werewolf in London, that first iconic transformation scene was just amazing. And The Howling, the end, when Dee Wallace Stone reveals herself to be a werewolf. That was just a phenomenal shocker of a scene. You gotta love that."