In this culture, monsters can be determined and classified as many things. Vampires, Ghosts, Clowns, and maybe even human beings can be classified as a monster. All of these things are great examples of what monsters are. Mostly all monsters purpose is to scare or terrorize in a specific way. But, one monster stood out to me and this monster is Werewolves. Werewolves were my favorite kind of monster while growing up and it still is today. Something about this hairy fanged creature and its characteristics sort of gave me a liking on how it was born and made. Some would say how Werewolves aren’t monsters in this culture because of how it has changed throughout the years. In this evaluation, I will be talking about how Werewolves were made and how viewers see Werewolves differently by movies, t.v shows and cartoons.
Knowing what Werewolves are by hit movies,but there were Greek origin’s back then about Werewolves about how they were made.The word “werewolf,” which comes from Old English, means “man-wolf.” It already excludes females from its legend in one of its earliest forms. A term we have come to know as a fictional monster in modern times has actually been around for centuries and was once considered a threat in real life.Men becoming wolves and attacking people were at their highest during the Medieval Period when myth beliefs were the norm. Those who claim to be werewolves were actually suffering from the mental illness now known as Lycanthropy, but the limited range of medical knowledge, regarding particularly mental illness, prevented doctors from knowing this at the time. Lycanthropy is a term which usually exist together as another name for the werewolf curse in modern literary or film, is an actual psychological condition. Considered a mental illness with connection to schizophrenia which is a disorder to affect a person’s ability to think and depression. Lycanthropy is an authentic form of insanity in which the afflicted person imagines himself to be transformed into a wolf, Though the display of lycanthropy can differ, patients often fall within symptoms like the “belief in a beastly physical transformation (which) often produces alterations in posture, voice, and body hair…emotional and physical alienation…severe physiological anxiety and stress…perverse sexual desires that mirror animal behavior. And finally, the condition often results in an obsession with the demonic and an interest in Satanism” (Miller). This show’s how there are more things about Werewolves that most people don’t know about. Becoming a Werewolf could’ve also meant a sickness according to the medieval period.
Over the the past decades Werewolves appeared in lots of blockbuster movies and were talked about in many books and story novels. Werewolves are creatures who turn into a similar image of a wolf once they set their eyes on the full moon. Some of the characteristics are that they are hairy, they grow fangs and sharp teeth, and have massive strength. Werewolves have been known to me ever since I discovered the movie “ An American Werewolf in London” and this movie gave a certain way and perspective on how I should view Werewolves. In the movie it shows a scene where the camera went to the window and it showed a full moon and a man was just casually in his chair reading. That full moon triggered the man to go into a transformation and the man started to see a change. He saw that his hands and feet were getting longer, he started to grow hair on places where hair shouldn’t grow and his whole facial structure started to turn into a wolf face structure.
My expression on this change gave me a ‘wow’ kind of expression because i was impressed on how real the transformation was.This scene was the whole turning point of the whole movie because it gave the viewers a kind of feeling of what Werewolves do while they transform and what triggers the transformation. This movie is a classic because it was made in 1981. That was the era where all the monster movies were coming out and this movie really set the bar on what Werewolves should be. Now making a comparison to this movie and another movie called Twilight, the details are very different. In Twilight, it shows a scene where Bella was getting into an argument with Jacob’s friend Paul. As the two were arguing, Bella slapped Paul and he was furious. He then could not hold it back any longer and he magically turns into a wolf. Also, same with Jacob, he comes to the rescue and he turns into a Wolf as well.
Comparing the transformation between the Wolf from “An American Werewolf in London” and the Wolves from “Twilight”, the Twilight wolf transformation was very quick. They didn’t have to go through a whole process like how the Wolf from An American Werewolf in London did. Defeats the whole purpose of the original transformation.
The thing about this culture now is how viewers see Werewolves totally different as how we see it back then. The Werewolves this culture see are hot teens , looks handsome, and have muscle. For example, in the show “ Teen Wolf”, it is about a teenage boy named Scott who got bit by another Werewolf and turns out he becomes a Werewolf. As the story goes along it shows how many different types of Werewolves there are. The Different types are: Alpha, Omega, and Beta. In Teen wolf it shows a scene where Scott seemed like he was about to turn into a wolf. It shows him growing claws and fangs and his eyes were turning red(symbolizes he’s an Alpha).Later in the scene it shows him trying to stop his transformation by drilling is claws into his hands which then stops him from fully transforming.
First off, I don’t get the fact on why they have to have different types of Werewolves. Secondly, I’m confused on how drilling his claw’s into his hands stopped him from transforming.Sure the whole scene looked cool and all but the difference in the transformation was that is was bright as day. It did not show one hint of night or a full moon to trigger his transformation. To top it all off, that’s pretty much on how they transform into Werewolves in the show. The difference between “An American Werewolf in London” and “ Teen Wolf” was that the transformation into a Werewolf is also completely different and the characteristics of a Werewolf weren’t fully there in Teen Wolf as it was in An American Werewolf in London. The transformation was very lame and not well done. Mostly because there was no reason for the transformation and how they could stop a transformation mid-way.
Another way on how Werewolves have changed throughout the course of history is by using Werewolves the in cartoon shows. An example of one of these cartoon show’s is the popular show called “Scooby Doo”. In Scooby Doo it shows a scene where a Shaggy and Scooby were in some sort of predicament with a person who is a Werewolf. The person turns into a Werewolf and it seemed like he was about to swing at Shaggy. But, Shaggy tell’s the Werewolf to stop and shockingly the Werewolf listened. The other weird thing about this is that the Werewolf in Scooby Doo had the ability to talk. Later in the scene it shows him talking to Scooby as if they were friends.
This is weird to me because learning from watching the movie “ An American Werewolf in London” how when a person turns into a Werewolf, they suddenly lose their mind. It’s like the knowledge they had as a human doesn’t exist anymore once they change. This totally differs from the Werewolf from An American Werewolf in London and the Werewolf from Scooby Doo mostly because the characteristics are way off and the Scooby Doo Werewolf isn’t that scary. It goes from a flesh eating Werewolf that doesn’t know how to communicate to a Werewolf that has knowledge and is friendly to others.
In conclusion, Werewolves have changed throughout the course of history by movie’s, t.v shows, and cartoons. It started out as a medieval period illness that went in depth on how Werewolves came about.I feel like the term “Werewolf” is visualized by viewers as a rapid hairy monster going on a killing spree. Then some others imagine Werewolves to be like Jacob from Twilight or Scott from Teen Wolf. Although the way we look at Werewolves have changed, in the end they will always be the hairy creature that everyone knows as half human and half beast.
Fahy, T.A. “Lycanthropy – PubMed Central Canada”:Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Vol. 82 January 1989, 26 Nov.2017 The summary of this is source is finding out what the term “Lycanthropy” and why it was so important back then to know about. It really gives us a different look on how werewolves were made and how they were classified as Werewolves. I’m using it in my report by inputting it into my essay and give the reader an inside look on what the meaning is and how important it was. This is reliable because it goes in depth about Werewolves and it’s past.
Miller, April. “The Hair That Wasn’t There Before”: Demystifying Monstrosity and Menstruation in “Ginger Snaps” and “Ginger Snaps Unleashed”” Western Folklore Vol. 64.No. 28, 27 Nov.2017 The summary of this source is how beliefs and symptoms seemed extreme back then in the medieval period.I’m using it in my report to show the past about how Werewolves were developed back then. Other than falling to transformation because of the full moon, but because of a symptom patients back then had to go through. This source is reliable because it is a article and a pdf which shows the backstory of how Werewolves were developed during the medieval times.