Universal has supplied ScreenAnarchy with five Blu-ray copies of their latest action-horror movie Werewolf: The Beast Among Us.
Here's the synopsis for the studio's latest lycanthropic film:
A monstrous creature terrorizes a 19th Century European village by moonlight and a young man struggles to protect his loved ones from an unspeakable scourge in Werewolf: The Beast Among Us, Universal Studios' all-new addition to its time-honored legacy of classic monsters. During his studies with the local doctor (Stephen Rea), Daniel (Guy Wilson) witnesses the horrific consequences of werewolf attacks. Watching as the beast's fearsome reputation draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers and charlatans to the tiny town, Daniel dreams of destroying the ruthless predator. So when a mysterious stranger (Ed Quinn) and his team of skilled werewolf hunters (Stephen Bauer, Adam Croasdell) arrive to pursue the monster, he offers to join them, despite his mother's (Nia Peeples) protests.
But it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf. Amid the hysteria, Daniel begins to suspect he's closer to his target than he ever dreamed.
We want you to tell us what your favorite story of boys becoming men, men becoming wolves is for our giveaway. In the meantime, Universal asked us to remind you that they have a long history of werewolves on film.
Here are a couple of of our (well, my) favorites:
The Wolf Man (1941)
The original is still the greatest, and even with advances in technology, Lon Chaney Jr.'s take remains the most effective. Putting this one side-by-side with the remake starring Benicio Del Toro, it's hard to discount how important it is to give your Larry Talbot an air of tragedy before making him go full-on wolf.
Werewolf of London (1935)
This one's a rarely-seen gem from director Stuart Walker (Great Expectations). This isn't quite the man-becomes-vicious-beast story we're used to, with a hat-wearing wolfman coming off more as Hyde to lead Henry Hull's Jeckyll-like Glendon.
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
One of the horror greats from the 80s as well as one of the best dark comedies of that decade. John Landis puts poor hero David Kessler through the paces, a nice guy gone wolf who also has to contend with the wise-cracking ghost of his best friend who really, really thinks David should kill himself already. Again, another testament to great practical effects, thanks to the brilliant Rick Baker.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Another terrific horror-comedy, this movie found the werewolf concept getting a little long in the tooth (I'm so sorry) and a ripe target for parody along with the rest of Universal's stable of monsters.
Five of our lucky readers in the U.S. or Canada will be receiving Universal's latest werewolf movie simply by following @ScreenAnarchy on Twitter and retweeting the link to this contest along with the name of your favorite werewolf movie with the hashtag #twitchwolf.
The contest is open through Friday, October 19 at 11:59 PM PST to readers in the U.S. and Canada. Winners will be notified via DM.
Werewolf: The Beast Among Us is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal Pictures.