Werewolf Romance in the Movies

With: Kate Hill

 

While it wasn’t always popular for the hero of a story to be a werewolf, those hirsute shifters never had a shortage of female admirers. Of course, back in the days of movies like The Wolfman (1941), ladies didn’t suspect that the object of their desire sprouted fur, grew fangs and would kill them when the moon was full. Still, if you’re in the mood for forbidden love, werewolf movies have always delivered.

 

In the Wolfman (1941), Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney) returns home after a long absence and falls in love with lovely Gwen (Evelyn Ankers). Unfortunately, she’s already engaged, but her attraction to Larry proves that she might have to reconsider her marriage plans. Then Larry is bitten by a werewolf and inherits the curse–one that states he’ll destroy the one he loves.

 

While some werewolves, like Larry, can’t have love in their lives, others, like Leon (Oliver Reed) in Curse of the Werewolf (1961), must have it. Suffering since childhood from a curse that turns him into a bloodthirsty monster, Leon is saved from this affliction when he falls in love with Christina (Catherine Feller). Her presence alone prevents the beast from emerging, but when they’re torn apart, Leon once again goes wild.

 

In early werewolf movies, the romance usually ends in tragedy. Later movies began to provide a happily ever after for fans looking for an upbeat ending to an unconventional relationship. The movie Wolf (1994), for example, is more a paranormal romance than a horror movie. The hero, Will (Jack Nicholson), is a werewolf, but one who can reason while in his beast form. His attacks on people are generally defensive. His love interest, Laura (Michelle Pfeiffer), is both a champion for Will as well as a damsel in distress. Ultimately, she is his equal. The story also has a nasty villain, Stewart (James Spader), and he and Will have a memorable knock down drag out fight toward the end of the movie.

 

Werewolves on film have always been charismatic and terrifying. They’re the ultimate alpha male and that’s why they’re among the few movie monsters who often attract instead of repel the ladies.

 

Do you have a favorite movie werewolf or werewolf romance?

 

About Kate

Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels.

When she’s not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, spending time with her family and pets and running the Compelling Beasts Blog, dedicated to antagonists, antiheroes and paranormal creatures. She also writes under the name Saloni Quinby. Visit her online at http://www.kate-hill.com, http://www.twitter.com/katehillromance, http://www.facebook.com/katehillsaloniquinby, http://www.twitter.com/compbeastsblog, and http://www.kate-hill.com/compellingbeastsblog.

 

Fangs and Fists 1: Bolt

by Kate Hill

Erotic Paranormal Romance

Release Date: February 03, 2017

From Changeling Press

 

Kiara remembers what life was like living freeā€“before she was taken by demons and bred to gladiators so that the new generations of wolves would retain their ferocity but forget their freedom. Mated to top gladiator Grit, she has a son with this surprisingly gentle lover who is also planning their escape. When Grit is killed in the arena, his close friend Bolt upholds his promise to protect Kiara and the cub.

 

Bolt and Kiara have loved each other from the moment they met, but they buried their feelings because she was mated to his best friend. When Grit dies, despite their guilt, Bolt and Kiara surrender to their desire for each other. Will their love be strong enough to help them win freedom from their evil masters?

 

Changeling Press

 

 

3 comments

  1. One favorite is Dani Harper’s Changeling Wolves series

  2. Hi Taurus. I’ll have to check that out. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Thank you for having me as a guest here today!