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Werewolf Movies

Waiting for me to post something?
I know, there hasn’t been much posting lately, so instead I thought I’d make a list of Werewolf movies to watch in this dark month of November.

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1985 (IMDb 6.4)

This will always be my favorite Werewolf movie I think. Yes, it’s getting a bit long in the tooth so to speak and yes, the werewolf itself may not be so incredibly sexy by today’s standards, but it comes with  a good story and characters you actually become invested in.
I remember the first time I came across the Stephen King novel the movie is based upon. It was illustrated. I was sold!
This movie feels like an actual movie from the 80’s. It’s not just presenting some feeble, weak characters and story to fill in the gaps between the appearance of the creature. In fact, you don’t see the creature much, instead you are held in suspense, knowing that it’s around, lurking in the darkness, with music and general atmosphere building up tension.
My grade: 8

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2002 (IMDb 6.8)

It’s rare to find a well made Werewolf movie with characters you actually care about and with an at least somewhat believable storyline. This movie however pulls off that first part at least quite well.
It takes place in Scotland, a remote area from what we can surmise. A routine military exercise turns into something much less mundane when a pack of howling things get tossed in the mix.
Granted, story-wise this isn’t exactly Oscar-material, lol, but the werewolves are quite well made and scary which means you accept it anyway. In fact, the Dog Soldier werewolves seem to be very reminiscent of the actual cryptid creature Dogman according to witnesses.
My grade: 6 (but the werewolves get a solid 9)

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1996 (IMDb 5.7)

The werewolf in this movie looks…not bad, but not exactly good either. It’s acceptable but you don’t really feel like it’s a living creature.
The movie has a relatively interesting story, and most importantly- it has a wonderful dog which really raises this flick. You really love this dog, and worry about it, and strangely this dog actually helps turn this movie from a generic horror flick to a decent dramatization which happens to involve werewolves.
My grade: 6.5

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2004 (IMDb 6.0)

There’s a history to this character which I’m not going to go into here. Instead I’ll just comment on this particular movie.
Van Helsing is a monster slaying hero with pretty much supernatural abilities. If you’re a stickler for hardcore believability and realism his antics will bother you…
Another thing that will bother most is Kate Beckinsale… I don’t know if it’s her personally or if this is just how the director angled it but GEEZ! That’s all I’m going to say about it.
On the other hand, the movie is absolutely beautiful, stunning, amazing-looking! The werewolves, especially the black one, look awesome. Here too we find a werewolf that reminds people a lot about actual Dogmen.
We have the hottest Dracula ever in this movie. He may be the antagonist but droooool… (I know I should adore Hugh Jackman but I’ve always been weird, lol)
All in all. It’s a gorgeous movie which is quite dumb yet engaging.
My grade: 6

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2010 (IMDb 5.8)

Alright. Here we find a typical example of the werewolf I don’t like. It just looks like a man with hypertrichosis and bad manners. To be honest- it looks ridiculous!
Still, it has a relatively interesting story and I know it looks the way it looks because it was based on the old Wolfman movie from 1941.
A classic as that one might be, the werewolf is not in any way a werewolf for me and I couldn’t hate it more.
The story in both of these movies is quite compelling however, involving gypsies and curses and interesting twists. I just wish they would redo this movie with a proper werewolf. Now THAT would be a movie!
My grade: 6 for the story, 1 for the werewolf

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2000 (IMDb 6.8)

I know a lot of people like these movies and I’m not saying I don’t.
I do, I just don’t think they are as good as the hype says.
It’s a different type of werewolf movie, that’s for sure, and this franchise really does need new blood, so to speak.
It’s kind of a twisted type of movie, not at all what you would expect.
The werewolf looks decent, acceptable without being particularly special in any way.
The story and the characters may take more than one watch to appreciate since it really isn’t your classic, run-of-the-mill werewolf flick.
There are sequels too. I’ve seen one of them (something about a fort) I just can’t quite care enough for these two twisted sisters. These movies tend to leave me quite unaffected, yet I can sense there’s something here, so I’ll try watching them again and see if they grow on me.
My grade: 6

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2015 (IMDb 5.2)

OK… Trip, trippely trip…
This movie was different. Was it good?
Not sure. I actually couldn’t finish it.
I’m assuming this movie was an effort to take on an artsier, twistier approach to the werewolf genre, but halfway through you still have no idea who’s really who or what motivates them.
And the werewolves? Some are regular wolves. Some look decent for a second in particular light. Some look absolutely ridiculous!
I’m just going to have to say no. If there was anything to be gained from this movie it was hidden in the second half.
I’m going to forget about this right now.
My grade: 2

 

Well, there you have 6 movies to watch and one to avoid. Then there’s always the Underworld movies, of which I haven’t seen one all the way through. The werewolves look good enough, a bit square in the muzzle but pretty decent. I don’t know if it’s Kate Beckinsale again turning me off them, but I just can’t seem to sit through a whole one for some reason.

If you’re poor like me there are places you can go to watch movies for free. Just don’t make a habit of it. The poor actors need their income for important things, like botox 😉

Have a good November peeps! 🙂

 

Map temporarily disabled

Just wanted to let you know that access to the Dogman Sightings map has been temporarily disabled.
The reason for this is because a person, who I will not name, who runs a YouTube channel, I also will not name, has been using the map in a way I find rude and highly disrespectful.
He uses the map in many of his episodes to find stories.
Which is fine in principle. It’s meant to be a public tool.
But when you use someone else’s hard work, why not give them a shout out. Link to their pages, or at least to the map itself!
Isn’t that just common courtesy?

His channel is doing really well too and I’m not trying to sabotage him in any way.
The map was created to spread awareness about these creatures, not for prestige, fame or fortune.
But I worked incredibly hard on the map for five YEARS and I have to stand up for that!
16 hour days, day after day, year after year, googling, searching.
And now I’m using it for my YouTube channel, with credit to all the sites the stories are found at.
I don’t earn anything on any of this. I don’t ask for money from anyone.
I just want credit for my work.

Hopefully the map will be back up as usual within a week or so.

TCH turns 4!

The Cloaked Hedgehog. Such a perfectly normal name…
And now it’s been around for over 4 years.

I started on Blogspot with a blog called Pieces of the puzzle, but quite soon moved to WordPress.com, where I’ve now been writing for 4 years.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about the future of this blog.
Should I just continue the same way? Should I move to wordpress.org? Should I move more towards a vlog? Should I maybe even quit altogether?
It’s hard to get readers when you write about things like Dogmen and you are 1. a woman, who is not Linda Godfrey, and are 2. Swedish.
I don’t have any schmexy first hand accounts to share. I don’t have any photos of footprints or blurry potential photos of the creature itself to share as I can’t just go out into the woods and find stuff like that since we really don’t have Dogmen in Sweden. At least not to any extent that would lead to people having sightings or finding tracks.
Instead I’ve offered what I can. History and background, theories, science mixed with an open mind. Ideas and speculations from my brilliant mind (cough…). Continue reading TCH turns 4!

Books, photos and a general update

Happy spring to everyone!
I hope you are all well?
I’m so pleased the dark, heavy winter has finally lifted here in Sweden. I’ve been immersing myself in nature every chance I get lately which has been wonderful!
Though, on my last outing I was quite spooked by the sudden appearance of a sinister-looking tree root. At least I hope it’s just a tree root…
Had I not been in the middle of the woods with no one knowing my whereabouts I might have checked it out a bit more but as it was I just took a few photos and turned back.
I know I will need to return one day to have some clarity but I will NOT do it alone.

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Book recommendation

I’ve just finished reading a very interesting book by a Swedish author.
The book is called Stallo and is written by Stefan Spjut and it’s been translated to a few other languages. The English version seems to be called The Shapeshifters. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the term Stallo might now understand why this book was very interesting to me… Continue reading Books, photos and a general update

What you seek seeks you…

After posting The Skinwalker/ Fleshgait Connection parts 1 and 2, strange things began to happen here.
It started with just a feeling that something wasn’t right. Something was in the air. And it wasn’t good.
Then I heard noises.
Whenever I went to bed I could hear something scratching outside around my bedroom window.
I got up several times and sneaked to the window, yanked it open and looked outside. I wanted it to be a bird.
It was nothing. Not one time.
In fact, all the birds that normally hang around behind my house were gone for those few days this went on.

I felt under attack in a weird way. Like something was seizing me up, figuring out who I was, observing.
It felt intrusive, uncomfortable.

I’m not much for New Age stuff but some of it, like smudging, I do every now and then when things get a bit too close for comfort.
Sweden suffers from a distinct lack of cedar trees, which is commonly used in these practices, but I use bark of juniper because I feel it works for me.
So I smudged, halfheartedly the first time. The feeling remained.
The second night I smudged my derriere off. I guess I performed my own little ceremony, praying and smudging, wafting smoke into every nook and cranny of my home.
I also sprinkled the ashes on the windowsill and outside.

This time it worked. I felt much calmer, safer, and there were no more scratching outside my window after that.

A few days later I was talking to a friend of mine. I had told him about the weirdness and that it had stopped.
Then he told me about a strange thing that happened to him.
He’s a trucker, and on the night the feeling went away he had hit a deer.
But it was an unusual deer, he said. Something was off about the eyes. They didn’t reflect. And it stopped in the middle of the road, didn’t cross like normal deer.

So, what do we make of this? Is it just a coincidence?
Did the feeling go away because I burned the juniper or because he killed the source of it…
He has been around. If something was indeed watching it would have seen him.
But yes, most likely he just happened to hit a regular deer.
And it happened to be the same night as I was smudging up everything around me.
What scratched my window though I will probably never know…

Got this review of this past year. Kinda cute

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.