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About Werewolf-Horror

Welcome to "Werewolf Horror" - a group for those of us who enjoy traditional horror werewolves: ferocious, bloodthirsty and terrifying.

RULES!

1. Only submit your original artwork. No found images on the internet or screenshots from movies, television shows, or video games. Art thieves will be banned & reported.

2. No happy, serene furry/anthro/therian drawings, romance-based series fan art, anime cat-girl style wolves, or regular wolves. This is a horror group. We do occasionally accept humorous works.

3. Artwork should be of high quality. No blurry photos/scans or scribbles on lined or graph paper. Written work should be proofread and properly formatted.

For further information about this rule and examples of what is and isn't acceptable, please see this post: werewolf-horror.deviantart.com…

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Wolfcop

As the year draws to a close, let's take a look at the werewolf movies released in 2014.


Late Phases  

Seven werewolf movies have been released in 2014, a surprising number for a creature that's usually ignored in favor of serial killers, zombies, vampires, found footage ghosties and other creeps that are a bit easier on the special effects budget. The plots don't seem to go anywhere new, following the usual tropes such as hapless schmucks getting picked off one by one and regular joes contracting lycanthropy and suddenly having to cope with bloodlust and body hair. With the exception of When Animals Dream the werewolves themselves when actual characters are white, hetero, relatively youthful and reasonably well-off males. No new ground is being broken, but that's pretty much par for the course with werewolf flicks. Admittedly, it takes lowered expectations (and sometimes a lobotomy) to enjoy the genre. For every genuine classic like Ginger Snaps or An American Werewolf in London there is a ton of brain-rotting, eye-gougingly awful dreck like The Howling: New Moon Rising. It would be nice, however, to see a bit more variety and experimentation. Indie films - as most of these are - are free of the obligation to make a ginormous profit and sell tons of merch, and they could stand the exposure that a 'gimmick' premise might give them, so they're in a perfect position to be a bit more daring and experimental.


Wolves  

One interesting trend I've noticed lately is the backlash against both CGI and Twilight style romantic werewolves. Just about every article with the various filmmakers were sure to mention those points. Of course, part of that can be due to horror fans extreme disdain for Twilight, and let's be honest here, the filmmakers are probably making a cheap grab for coolness cred - the audience for these movies is NOT going to be the same audience that moons over waxed-chest werewolf beefcakes. It's also apparent that not resorting to CGI might be less of a noble artistic choice and more a matter of budget constraints.

In some cases, though, using prosthetics and suits does seem to be justified. Wolfcop is a intentionally reminiscent of 80's horror-comedies like Evil Dead 2 and Re-Animator, with equal parts goofiness and gore. A slick CGI beast would be completely out of place with its charming retro vibe. It also relies strongly on the titular hairy lawman as a relatable character, and the easiest way to achieve that is with, you know, an actual human actor. Even the big budget films have figured out that their pricey pixels are most effective when slathered over a skilled performer.


When Animals Dream  

Which brings me to my next, related observation. With the exception of Iron Wolf, this year's films are sticking to Wolfman-style werewolves over the more animalistic designs made popular by Rob Bottin's wonderful animatronic puppets and suits in The Howling. Again, this may simply be doe to budget, but I wonder if it's a reaction to the popularities of more "human" looking supernatural creatures like zombies or vampires. One popular theory of why zombies are so ubiquitous in modern horror is because they fulfill a sociopathic fantasy of being able to slaughter other human beings with no consequences. A more human-appearing werewolf might scratch the same itch, being more satisfying an enemy to conquer than a mindless beast. Also, although humans are increasingly spending our days stuck behind computers and glued to phones, submerging ourselves in the internet, we can't entirely escape from the natural world. Natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, disease epidemics, and irreversible environmental destruction threaten us, and what better symbolic fantasy beast could there be than a wolf-man, a blend of rational human and bloodthirsty, unstoppable predator? A creature that just looks like a plain old wolf walking on its hind legs doesn't have nearly the same mythic resonance.


Iron Wolf (aka Werewolf Terror)  

2015 looks promising; there are several werewolf movies on the horizon. Autumn Moon, for example, features a more wolfy-faced critter for those who prefer that sort of thing. Universal is determined to create a Marvel-style shared cinematic universe based on its monsters; Dracula was first up, and yet another version of the Wolf Man is likely next. And of course there's always the hope that in-progress or seemingly stuck-in-development-hell projects like Bad Vibes, Dog Soldiers 2, Wolf's Hour, Full Moon Fever, Freeborn, Gladiators v. Werewolves and the remake of An American Werewolf in London will not only get released, but actually be worth the watch. And hey, with Marvel dominating the screens we might even hope for movies based on Werewolf By Night, Man-Wolf (he can co-star with She-Hulk!) or that weird one where Captain America becomes Cap-Wolf?


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So, how many of these have you seen, and what are your thoughts on them? Which upcoming movies in 2015 are you most excited about? Discuss in the comments!


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Dogstarintern Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  New member
Hello all!
I'm currently trying to set up a fan art competition for this book about werewolves goo.gl/nQJVlw .
Obviously with you all sharing a real passion with werewolves and being talented artists, you are the perfect contestants I'm looking for. However, as I have never set up a fan art competition before I am in need of your help! Any responses as to what the prize of winning the competition should be, or how I could get more people to compete will be much appreciated. 
Hopefully hear from some of you soon!
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PenningtonBeast Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Signed copies of the books would be good, along with prints from the artist.

I have read Dogstar and really enjoyed it, so note me or the group when the competition starts and I'll do a feature here on the group's journal.
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Dogstarintern Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  New member
Awesome! Thanks for the help.
Glad you enjoyed it. Would be a massive help if you gave a review on Amazon as well to help us get the word out there of how good the book is!
Do you have any advice as to how to publicise the fan art competition?
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PenningtonBeast Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Setting up a tumblr account for it would be a good way.
Also, you could make your own group for the series here on DA.
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xBennyRGraux Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks for adding my work here
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Susana-Santos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for requesting my wolfie! :D
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WolfSkullJack Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi werewolf lovers, I'm open for full body commissions for £35 please see this post for details wolfskulljack.deviantart.com/a…
(Sorry admin if this is inappropriate please feel free to delete this if so!)
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ShadowSaber Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had to ask the why on this? please read the note I sent. on whats happening?
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Freakaru Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not too sure what you're referring to.  If this is in regard to a piece of artwork, please comment on the artwork discussion or leave a link to it here and I will be happy to explain any questions you have.
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LockStockCreation Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey guys I'm fully open for commissions I'v got 5 slots open! I can draw anything from werewolves to anthros, please check out my work and if your interest please leave me a note for more :)
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