While not all the creatures on this list are werewolves, I think they come close enough. Most of these are the creatures that showed me my fears and gave me nightmares as a child. I know werewolves aren’t much of a real-world fear, but when you’re a kid, your imagination makes it real enough.
In my horror comic mini-series Werewolf Run, I took inspiration from probably all five of these stories in one way or another.
1. The Howling
The werewolves from The Howling are the ones that initially scarred me as a child – and it’s likely my top pick because I remember it was on TV and I was watching it with my dad. The transformation of Robert Picardo into the werewolf --bubbling teeth and crazy eyes – scared the living hell out of me. That’s where I think some of all this started.
2. The Creepshow Comic Book
The second place that most impacted me growing up was the Creepshow comic book. Bernie Wrightson’s blood-filled drawings give a real-life horror to the stories. One story especially, called ‘The Crate’ – where some type of primitive beast is kept in a chained and locked box and forgotten under the stairs gave me a few nightmares. My parents had to eventually take the book away from me.
3. An American Werewolf in London
This is the classic for me. I saw pieces of An American Werewolf in London around the same time as The Howling, but I didn’t actually watch it till later. The characters are relatable and fun, the deaths horrific, and the werewolf – thanks to academy award winning effects master Rick Baker – is the quintessential werewolf.
4. The NeverEnding Story
This is still a beautiful movie to this day and it has a big as hell wolf in it named the Gmork. I’m not sure why exactly, but that thing still scares me a bit. I wonder what my kids will think of him when I show them this classic.
5. Dog Soldiers
I hadn’t seen a good werewolf movie in a long time. I think I was working at Blockbuster at the time this movie can out and I gave it a try and I’m very glad I did. The movie is eerie and has great characters with action, gore and good looking werewolves. Did I mention it has lots of gore?
Daniel Leister was born in Germany in 1976. He has been drawing most of his life, but didn't get into comics till around his 5th grade year. He moved from California to Maryland with his family, but didn't know anyone or have anything to do. His mother bought him his first comic and that was it for him. After high school, he attended the Ohio State University and received his B.F.A. in 2000. Daniel spent many years going to conventions and trying to get a job in comics, but his first break was a talent contest by Marvel at a convention. He came in second place and was offered work by the company After Hours Press. His real break into the professional world of comics came when he was offered the penciling job for the Wonderland series for Zenescope Ent. He spent three years working on the trilogy and then moved to Hack/Slash with writer Tim Seeley.
Daniel is now working on various independent projects, including Lord of Gore for Devils Due and his own book Werewolf Run. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and son.