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Unlike vamps, witches and other supernatural beasties, werewolves like each other’s company and family comes first – in the form of the strict pecking order of the “pack”. And pack power is important! Vampire Klaus (Joseph Morgan) created werewolf hybrids in sci-fi series The Vampire Diaries (2009- current, five of its eight seasons are on ShowMax currently). The bond that Klaus’s werewolves formed is so strong that when a person changes to a beast, they won’t kill any werewolves from any other pack. Check out the Fang Fiction Collection on ShowMax for more werewolf fun.
FROM MAN TO SUPERMAN
There are a number of ways that werewolves transform. There’s the morph into a four-legged furry wolf, like Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) on True Blood (2008-2014, all seven seasons available on ShowMax) or they can go through a more painful, bone-breaking, claw-growing violent transformation like the four-legged werewolves on Bitten (2014-2016). There’s a somewhat shorter transformation on Teen Wolf, where Scott gets glowing eyes and some facial fur and boom, he’s transformed into a two-legged wolf-like howler. If you’re looking for something more hideous, there’s always the wolf-man look of the Lycans in 2003 horror film Underworld (also on ShowMax). So gross and painful that you simply can’t look away!
Werewolves have heightened senses of sight, hearing and smell. So while characters like Elena (Laura Vandervoort) in Bitten look like Plain Janes when not in wolf mode, they’re actually able to eavesdrop across a busy restaurant, smell a new foe in town and see for miles! And for the most part, werewolves are immortal – in many cases, the only way to kill them is to shoot them through the heart with a silver bullet. But you’ll have to be impossibly quick on the draw to do that.
GOOD vs BAD
No matter what side of the line you fall on – good or bad – there’s a wolfie for you to follow. There’s a fun fix with nice pups like Principal Shawbly in kids’ animation Mona The Vampire (19992003, also available on ShowMax) who hides his transformation because he doesn’t want to scare the kids. But if howling horrors are your thing, there is always Once Upon A Time – its pack calls itself The Children Of The Moon and they want to kill sweet Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) for the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), who’s promised to free them and put an end to silver mining.
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