Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Werewolves, gotta love'em

I'm probably gonna be giving away more than just my age here, like my state of mental stability, but the longer I write this blog the more you get to know me so, whatever. Anyway about ten years ago while we were driving into town to pick up some groceries near Halloween time, the kids and I were chatting about costumes and ghost stories and whatever, when my four year-old (yes, I did say FOUR year-old!) lets out with this:
"Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers at night, can become a wolf when the moon is full and the wolfbane blooms bright." That is right out of the wolf man movie from Universal. Only 4 and she had it memorized. That beat out all my other kids. I thought they were great when they had the Freddy Krueger song committed to memory by 6!
I was so proud! You guys know how much I LOVE Halloween, but I have never mentioned how much I adore werewolves. It's weird but even as a little kid watching dark shadows I thought Barnabas was great ('cause who couldn't love a vampire?) but when that pentagram started showing up and when Quentin started roaming around I got all tingly inside! I was only 7 or 8 but I would try to get off the bus so fast sometimes I would trip but I didn't care, there was a werewolf waiting for me inside. I would run as fast as my fat little legs would carry me, throw my "Bookcase" (that's what it was called in the olden days, not a book bag)on the sofa and run like the devil over to the TV. Nothing could have moved me from that spot.
Where a lot of kids my age would have had horrible dreams of wolves tearing up children and eating people after watching something about a werewolf, I would have great dreams that I could have written into a screenplay. Man, it was good then, and I still feel that way today. So, Just for kicks, Here's a mention of the wolf movies I can't go without, in no particular order. I still love to replay the old Universal Studio's "Wolfman" and about had a seizure of delight when I heard they were re-making it.
The Howling was great, but not as good as Silver Bullet, An American Werewolf in London was cool, and then the pack went to Paris. A great one that hardly ever gets any mention is Dog Soldiers that took place in Australia (and I hear a sequel is in the works now). Another great one is Bad Moon, that has great Werewolf scenes but an awesome German Shepherd as well. That's just to name a few. This post has taken too much time. I need to go watch a movie now.


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