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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! 🙂

 

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I made a video!

After listening to many stories from such YouTube channels as Dark Waters, Brenton Sawin etc., I was overcome with inspiration.
I just had to try it, so I did.
I chose to read the story of the Beast of Land Between the Lakes by Jan Thompson since it is creepy enough and long enough.

Keep in mind that English is not my native language, so ignore anything strange I might have said, lol.

 

The Big Bad Wolf?

I need to address a subject that I know a lot of people will have a hard time with.
Lately we’ve been hearing about these reports of killings of humans by one or more unknown canines.
The official explanation is that packs of stray dogs are killing these people, or, in the cases where the killing takes place in their homes, that their own pup turned against them.
In a few of the cases I’ve heard of I can say that I simply don’t have enough information to claim that the story is a cover, though in quite a number of cases the official story just doesn’t hold water.

For a long time the general view of Dogman in cryptozoological circles was that they probably didn’t kill. Sure, they’d scare the crap out of you, but once they had chased you out of an area they would return to their relatively peaceful existence.
Many still hold this belief and I respect it, but personally I have always been convinced that they are more dangerous than that.
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Reports of relatively “peaceful” encounters with Dogman abound, and by peaceful I simply mean the witnesses lived to tell their story.
Few have reported the Dogman actually causing physical harm.
Many however have reported a feeling that their lives were in danger. Almost every witness perceived the Dogman as emanating malice, anger and sometimes pure evil.
It’s the eyes.
Those who didn’t see the eyes appear to be more positive in the description of the encounter and they seem much less traumatized by it.
Not being a witness myself (as far as I can remember at least) I have often wondered what those eyes look like. They can’t just look like animal eyes as I have never heard of anyone describing an animal as having “evil eyes”.
There must be something different about the eyes of a Dogman. Continue reading The Big Bad Wolf?

Adjacent Phenomena

When researching the Dogman phenomenon one frequently comes across other phenomena that seem to at the very least relate to similar creatures.
Are they connected?
Who can say?
There are those that hold a firm belief that neither phenomenon has anything to do with the others. There are those who believe they are intimately connected, and others who are more or less on the fence.

I’m not saying anything for sure at this point because how can you really say anything for certain about a creature observed occasionally and usually only for a few seconds at a time?
You can’t claim for sure that a Dogman is a Dogman at all times. You may want to though, as in our culture the concept of shape shifting has been pretty much eradicated from our mind by the holy science, but that would be a mistake.

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I’m NOT saying Dogmen are transformed humans, I just think we can’t discount that they are a shape shifting something.
Take thunder. Back in the good old days of the Norsemen, thunder was thought to be created by the wild rockstar-like god Thor banging his hammer into things.
Eventually science came up with a perhaps more plausible explanation involving electrical discharges.
What we call shape shifting now may one day be able to be explained in a scientific way, but as of right now we have no idea how it works (if it does) and therefore ascribe it all kinds of occult qualities, or flat out deny it.

I’ve said it a thousand times it feels like- science has not peaked. It hasn’t learned everything there is to know, not by a long shot.
For example, we still have no clue what dark energy is, even though it is 68.3% of the makeup of the universe.

Let’s look at a few phenomena that may or may not have something to do with Dogmen. Continue reading Adjacent Phenomena

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

Dogman has a big BUT

Greetings!
Today I’m going to talk about Dogman for a change 😛
About how Dogman has a big BUT. Not butt- but.

sighting1bWhen I grew up I heard about werewolves from somewhere, and it began.
I believe I might have been 5-6 when I first started reading everything. Facts and fiction, anything.
Granted, during the first few years it was hard to get my hands on anything substantial, but it got better.
I’m a Scorpio, I don’t do anything by halves, and I’m lucky enough to have a brain that very rarely forgets anything I read.
One thing lead to another and there’s barely anything within the world of THE STRANGE that I haven’t studied at one time or another. Continue reading Dogman has a big BUT

Were is the Hyena

No I didn’t misspell were. 😉
Since the emergence of the modern werewolves/ dogmen onto the scene of cryptozoology, there have been quite a few details in reported sightings that seem to point to the creature in question being more that just wolf-like in nature.
I’m not going to address the more metaphysical features it is said to exhibit at this point,but rather its actual physical appearance,

Let’s start with its peculiar posture when running as a quadruped.
Very often we hear of it being described as having longer front legs than hind legs, resulting in a rather hyena-like profile, albeit significantly larger.
Dogmen are also often described as having a sort of mane or extra hairy ridge running from their shoulders down their spines, another feature reminiscent of hyenas.
There have also been descriptions, mostly from Southern California, about some of these creatures exhibiting somewhat feline qualities amidst their canine appearance. These creatures Linda Godfrey have dubbed Doberman-Lynxes.

Hyenas, though dog-like in appearance, are actually more closely related to felines.
Could there be part hyena in the dogman? Continue reading Were is the Hyena

Anubis and Xolotl

Anubis and Xolotl.
Egypt, Mexico and…Wisconsin…?

How vastly confusing! Where do we begin?
Let’s go with Wisconsin, shall we?

Aztalan State Park is roughly 50 miles due west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
It’s Wisconsin’s premier archaeological site and no one knows for sure what befell the culture that once thrived here.

Aztalan State Park

“The people who settled Aztalan built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village. Decades of archaeological research, including carbon dating and tooth samples found at the site that were traced back to Cahokia, have provided some clues to the culture that created these mounds. It was once a village and ceremonial complex of about 500 people that thrived between 1000 and 1300 AD before the site was mysteriously abandoned.” Source

It’s been theorized that the complex was built by Aztecs. Based for example, but not solely, on the name Aztalan itself.
The legendary ancestral home of the Aztecs is called Aztlán.
It is mentioned in several texts that the Aztecs migrated south from the city of Aztlán to Mexico where they came to settle and create their empire.

This is interesting for several reasons, but we are going to focus on the parts that are relevant to the Dogman phenomenon. Continue reading Anubis and Xolotl

Dogmen and Native American Lore

Generally my work in this field of Dogman tends to concentrate on gathering sightings reports, mapping them and thinking an awful lot about what all of this could mean.
There are rarely any answers.
My true goal is not to gain anything, not notoriety, fame or money.
I’m looking to learn as much as I possibly can in the hope that I may be of help to people who come in contact with the phenomenon of Dogmen.
What I want to be able to say is something like:
“take a stick, smear it with tar and sprinkle on dried lavender and keep it just inside your front door to always be safe from Dogmen”.

Or in other words, I want to be able to give concrete advice, to help people protect themselves, be safe and feel safe.
And just to be clear: the tar stick won’t do you any good… Continue reading Dogmen and Native American Lore

The Banana of Safety

Now don’t tell me that title is not making you a bit curious…

The banana is actually a berry, did you know that?
Just a piece of bonus information you can use to impress your friends, but no, this post isn’t really about bananas…

It’s about Dogmen/ Werewolves. Surprise! 😛

What I’m talking about is the more or less banana-shaped area stretching roughly from Saskatchewan, Canada through the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and parts of Texas, down toward Mexico. An area with very little going on in terms of Dogman sightings.

The Banana of Safety. Here shown on the map by Her Hedgehogness herself, a.k.a. me
The Banana of Safety. Here shown on the map by Her Hedgehogness herself, a.k.a. me

Continue reading The Banana of Safety