Mariposa Cruz is an author at The Wild Rose Press. As a kid, she loved to watch monster movies on Saturday afternoons and wanted to tell those stories from a woman’s perspective. She's all grown up now and she's made her wish come true with her paranormal romance, Howl.
Mariposa is here today to talk about those wonderful werewolf movies that inspired her.
Enter The Wolf Man by Mariposa Cruz
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”
The Wolf Man (1941)
Even with its debut following the attack on Pearl Harbor, The Wolf Man (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034398/) Universal Pictures’ 2nd werewolf movie, became one of the largest grossing movies of the season. The film had a budget of approximately $180,000 and a working title of Destiny. While fate was key to the plot, audiences were captivated by romantic tension between the nobleman, Larry Talbot and Gwen Conliffe, an antique dealer’s daughter.
The screen writer, Curt Sidomak, wrote the werewolf poem, recited by the villagers throughout the film. The Wolf Man established much of the werewolf lore that would appear in later novels and movies such as:
· A werewolf bite dooms the victim to become a werewolf
· Werewolves can only be killed by silver
· Werewolves revert to human form upon death
Due to the popularity of the Wolf Man, Universal had Lon Chaney Jr. ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001033/ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001033/) portray Larry Talbot in four more films, including Abbott &Costello Meet Frankenstein (1943). Chaney’s acting debut was at age 6 months as a stage prop in his father’s vaudeville act. With a career that spanned nearly four decades and included more than 150 film credits, Chaney Jr. was the only actor to play, the Wolf Man, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Mummy.
The “wolf” Larry Talbot fights was Lon Chaney Jr.’s own German Shepherd.
Chaney Jr. liked to sneak up on his leading lady, Evelyn Ankers, in full make-up and startle her.
Shooting for The Wolf Man lasted from October 27 to November 25, 1941. The movie was released December 12, 1941.
I believe these classic films helped establish horror as a genre in its own right. For a modern werewolf tale told from a woman’s point of view, check out Howl.
As if Kate Owens doesn't have enough problems as a struggling single mom and paralegal, a brutal animal attack outside her office plunges her into turmoil. At work, she is attracted to her rescuer, Jack Walker, an attorney wary of commitment. Every morning after the attack she awakes drenched in blood beside the body of a mangled stray. Kate's days become a battle to maintain control while her nights are a disturbing blur of dreams. Will Kate's nightly madness harm her young daughter? Lone wolf attorney, Jack Walker understands the reason for his paralegal's exhaustion and haunted demeanor. Jack has pursued the beast since law school graduation and he knows the creature's relentless thirst for revenge. Can Jack save Kate from her attacker and her own savage nature?http://mariposacruz.blogspot.com/
Mariposa, thank you so much for sharing with us today!