I. Unique Contributions to Werewolf Lore (particularly Origins) in Film
  1. I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
  2. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
  3. The Company of Wolves (1984)
  4. Ginger Snaps (2000 – the original) / Kody B. (A1)
  5. Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning(2003 – the prequel) / Tara S. (B1)
  6. Van Helsing (2004) / Jeremy L. (A1)
  7. Big Bad Wolf (2006) / Richard Velez (B1)
  8. Blood and Chocolate (2007)
  9. Underworld – Rise of the Lycans (2009) / Andrew H (B1)
  10. Red Riding Hood (2011) / Jessica E. (A3)

Ginger Snaps (2000 – the original) / Kody B. (A1)

external image MV5BMTkzMjE0MDAwOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzIxNjAwMQ@@._V1._SY317_CR5,0,214,317_.jpg

Van Helsing (2004) Jeremy L (A1)
external image 1224703000_155899_1_f.jpg
"Van Helsing (2004) HDRip MKV Mediafire." Video blog post. CARA BERITAWA. 17 July 2011. Web. 16 Dec. 2011. http://caraberitawa.blogspot.com/2011/07/van-helsing-2004-hdrip-mkv-mediafire.html.

Van Helsing is a 2004 American action horror film directed by Stephen Sommers. It stars Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing, and Kate Beckinsale as Princess Anna Valerious, the last of a Transylvanian royal family who have dedicated their lives to vanquishing the evil Count Dracula. (Wikipedia.com) The main conflict in the film involves Van Helsing and Anna trying to kill Dracula. Van Helsing does it because of an __occupational__ and moral obligation, “My life... my __job__... my curse... is to vanquish evil.” (The Internet Move Database IMDB) However, Princess Anna has much more personal reasons for going on this mission with Van Helsing. The first reason is to finally end her family’s curse and allow her ancestors to gain entrance into heaven. Her second reason is to free her brother Prince Vellkan, who was transformed into a werewolf after saving Anna from being attacked, by allowing himself to be bitten by a werewolf in order to give his sister time to escape. He is now forced to be Dracula’s minion, and is later used as a substitute for the Frankenstein monster in an attempt by Dracula to bring his undead children to life. Vellkan’s origin as a werewolf follows the basic tradition of classic werewolf legends. He is transformed because he is bitten by a werewolf, and his transformation occurs at night when the moon is out. In his transformed state Vellkan has little to no control of his actions. He even goes as far as attack his beloved sister Anna. The only major difference between the werewolves in the film and classic werewolves is the unique transformation presented in the film. First, the victim of the transformation begins to grow larger. Next, the victim’s features change and become more wolf like. Finally, they tear off their human skin revealing a layer of thick fur. Prince Vellkan is not the only character in the film to be afflicted with the curse of the werewolf. Van Helsing is also transformed due to being bitten by Vellkan during an attack on Anna and the others. Van Helsings’ friend Friar Carl discovers that the only thing that can kill Dracula is a werewolf. During the final against Dracula in the __laboratory__ at Frankenstein Castle Van Helsing transforms into a werewolf and manages to kill him. After defeating Dracula, Anna injects Van Helsing with the antidote to the werewolves’ curse causing him to return to hos normal __form__.

Underworld – Rise of the Lycans (2009) / Andrew H (B1)

external image underworld-3-rise-of-the-lycans1.jpgexternal image Underworld_3_-_Rise_of_the_Lycans_Wallpaper_JxHy.jpg
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an action/horror film created in 2009 (The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)). Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is the third installment of the Underworld movie series and is a prequel to the first two movies. Rise of the Lycans focuses on the origins of the war between the vampires and the werewolves the movies consist of, and also explains the beginning of a new type of creature. At the beginning of the movie it depicts scenes of a new breed of werewolf, Lucian, who is the first human to be able to transfer between werewolf and human form. A Vampire Elder, Viktor, uses him to infect other humans to be used as slaves and day watchers for the vampire race. Years later, Sonja, Viktor’s daughter, and Lucian develop an intimate relationship kept secret early in the film. As Viktor continues his cruel tyranny over Lucian and the other lycans, Lucian begins to grow angry and gains influence on his fellow slaves. As the movie progresses, Viktor discovers Sonja and Lucian’s relationship and becomes outraged. In response, he chooses to shackle Lucian and to force him to watch the sun kill Sonja. Lucian becomes livid and breaks free off his chains and overpowers Viktor. Lucian escapes the chamber and calls forth to his fellow lycans to assail the vampires. On the battlefield, Lucian and Viktor meet again and they brawl. Lucian ultimately defeats Viktor by thrusting a sword through Viktor’s mouth, believing to have killed him. As the werewolves flooded the castle they kill all of the vampires except for Viktor, Tanis, and the two other Vampire Elders who manage to escape.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans creates a new twist to werewolf lore by different types of werewolves co- existing. The film also has another twist in that Sonja tells her father of her pregnancy with Lucian. The child would be a hybrid mix of a vampire and a werewolf, although the child is never conceived.
Red Riding Hood- Jessica
external image 2011_red_riding_hood_key_art_002.jpg
Seoane, Christophe. "Red Riding Hood : Nouvelle Bande Annonce." Horizons Fantastiques. Web. 01 Dec. 2011. <http://www.mysterymachine.fr/films/red-riding-hood-nouvelle-bande-annonce/>.

We all know the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. A young girl, within a vibrant red cape, goes off to visit her elderly grandmother through the depths of the woods. The wolf tries to eat her and her grandmother but they were saved by a hunter and runs away to live happily ever after. In 2011, a seductive thriller of the classic was born by the director of Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke, staring Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman (Warner Brothers). Set in the Middle Ages, a small village with many secrets and a scary story was produced.

The villagers of Daggerhorn have always had an unstable relationship with their local werewolf (Hardwicke). For 20 years there was a declared truce, until the peace was broken when Valerie’s (Amanda Seyfried) older sister is killed by a wolf. Enraged the villagers sought out help to kill the deceptive wolf from father Solomon (Gary Oldman). Solomon, a well known werewolf hunter, was brought in to relieve to towns anxiety, but brought more worries, when he warned the villagers that, werewolves take human form during the day, and could be any one of them( Hardwicke). Valerie discovers that she has a unique bond with the werewolf by being able to speak to it. She learns that the wolf will leave the villagers alone if she would run away with him. Valerie immediately suspects that the beast is one of her TWO lovers, an old childhood friend and the man her parents arranged her to marry. By the wolf burning his foot on the stoop of the villages’ church, Valerie was able to figure out that she was not connected to the wolf by her lovers but through blood. Her own father was the deadly werewolf. Through sorrow for her deceased sister, she stabbed silver through her father hurt killing him instantly (Hardwicke).

Within the movie, the werewolf’s origin was not specified. The wolf was only portrayed as the antagonist of the movie. Although Catherine didn’t tell the specific history of werewolves, she did make a point to incorporate the common myths attached to a werewolf in her movie. The beast controlled by the moon, cant steep onto holy ground, takes human form during the day, and its only kryptonite is silver( Ashliman). Like in the original tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf was tall, dark haired, untamed, and had humanized brown eyes. Red riding hood was a movie for entertainment, loosely related to the classic tale of a young girl and her grandmother. Even though there are few similarities to the classic, both tales emphasizes the theme warning kids to never talk to strangers.

"Grandmother, what big arms you have!"
"All the better to hug you with, my dear."
"Grandmother, what big legs you have!"
"All the better to run with, my child."
"Grandmother, what big ears you have!"
"All the better to hear with, my child."
"Grandmother, what big eyes you have!"
"All the better to see with, my child."
"Grandmother, what big teeth you have got!"
"All the better to eat you up with."

Big Bad Wolf (2006)/Richard Velez (B1)

This is about the famous story Big Bad Wolf, but with sick twist to it. In the 2006 Movie “The Big Bad Wolf”, a young teenager named Derek who steals his stepfather key to his cabin in the woods. He brings a couple of his college classmates to have a party. It’s all going well until something goes terribly wrong. They are attacked by a savage “beast”. The Werewolf. The beast kills all his friends, with the exception of Derek, and his friend Sam. Derek and Sam return to town, and soon begin to suspect that Derek’s stepfather Mitch is the “werewolf” Finally, Derek and Sam go back to the cabin to try and kill the werewolf once and for all. In the end they reign triumphant and kill the werewolf. But before the werewolf dies, he bites Sam and tell him the curse is now his, and the movie ends with a chilling sort of cliffhanger with the dead werewolf’s’ hands moving. In my opinion the “Big Bad Wolf” has a decent contribution to werewolf lore. It is an interesting “side view” to the traditional story and provides a unique, but rather sadistic point of view to the original nursery rhyme version.

Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (2003 – the prequel)/Tara Schmitz (B1)
"Ginger Snaps Trilogy." Marianqyr. LiveJournal, 21 06 2010. Web. 1 Dec. 2011. http://marianqyr.livejournal.com/1328.html.
"Ginger Snaps Trilogy." Marianqyr. LiveJournal, 21 06 2010. Web. 1 Dec. 2011. http://marianqyr.livejournal.com/1328.html.

"Ginger Snaps Trilogy." Marianqyr. LiveJournal, 21 06 2010. Web. 1 Dec. 2011. http://marianqyr.livejournal.com/1328.html.

In the 2003 film Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, a newer concept of lycanthropy is investigated. The film goes into the possibility that a young girl, after being attacked by a werewolf, can subdue the transformation process with the use of a “purple toxin” ("Ginger-Snaps"). The concept is portrayed through two sisters, Brigette and Ginger. Ginger is attacked by a wolf creature but manages to survive and escape in the original film, Ginger Snaps. In the end of the movie, Brigette and Ginger mix blood which transfers the infection to Brigette. She then notices a shift in physical attributes such as exceptional healing time, hair color changes, and enhanced eye sight in the sequel film. The shift from human to animalistic characteristics becomes apparent during a scene where Brigette comments on being only a little cold in freezing weather and Ginger responds, “I’m not” (Sullivan). This inclusion not only shows the shift in biological components in Ginger even though she is cured, but in Brigette as she begins to change. The use of the purple toxin allows Brigette to put off the lycanthropy, but also makes her appear to be a drug user due to the fact that she injects the temporary cure intravenously. After facing a rehabilitation center and escaping, Brigette and some close friends must battle the very thing that has damaged her and her sister so irreversibly.. the werewolf. Old lore never really shows a woman, let alone two young girls battling such monstrous creatures. The shift to modern concepts shows why this film was a revolutionary contribution to the legend of werewolves.

Works Cited

Ashliman, D. L. "Little Red Riding Hood." University of Pittsburgh. 1999. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. <http://www.pitt.edu>.

Co., Warner Brothers. "Red Riding Hood." 2011. Warner Brothers Co. 17 Dec. 2011 <www.imdb.com>.

"Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed." Ginger-Snaps. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec 2011. http://www.ginger-snaps.com/unleashed/home.htm.
Red Riding Hood. Dir. Catherine Hardwicke. Perf. Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman. Warner Brothers, 2011.

Sullivan, Brett, dir. Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning. Lions Gate Films, 2003. Film.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. By Len Wiseman. Perf. Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra.
Lakeshore Entertainment, 2009. DVD.

"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) - IMDb." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 16 Dec.
2011. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0834001/>.

"Van Helsing 2004." Mp3base.org. Web. <http://www.google.com/imgres?q=van+helsing+2004&hl=en&biw=1707&bih=930&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=AyI8QeRr0zIJOM:&imgrefurl=http://www.mp3base.org/music/soundtracks/page/6/&docid=NxKTQJGo-zzPxM&imgurl=http://www.mp3base.org/uploads/posts/2008-10/1224703000_155899_1_f.jpg&w=800&h=800&ei=PdDsTp64DeaQ2QXNuPTsCw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1221&vpy=417&dur=1403&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=121&ty=122&sig=103694493516765311855&page=3&tbnh=156&tbnw=144&start=74&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:74>.

"Van Helsing (2004) - Memorable Quotes." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 17 Dec. 2011. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338526/quotes>.

"Van Helsing (film)." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 17 Dec. 2011.< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Helsing_(film)>.

Warner Brothers. "Red Riding Hood." 2010. Web. 18 Dec. 2011. <http://www.redridinghood.warnerbros.com>.

Carvalho, Claudio. Big Bad Wolf. N.p.: IMDb, 2006. IMDb. Web. 19 Dec. 2011. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0488962/plotsummary>.

Big Bad Wolf. N.p.: IMDb, 2006. IMDb. Web. 19 Dec. 2011. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0488962/plotsummary>.