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November 20, 2008

Werewolf wonderland


Werewolves on the brain, that's for sure, ever since that darling good ole boy Sam Merlotte barked in his sleep and streaked through the woods of Bon Temps in the addictive "True Blood."

Come to find out, our favorite barkeep since Sam Malone is technically a shape-shifter. But let's not split hairs.

There's also, of course, Jacob Black in the "Twilight" series, who morphs right before our mind's eye from a diminutive teen into a strapping 6-footer with a perpetual 106-degree fever. (Let's just say that role will need to be recast for any sequels, unless the young "Twilight" actor's able to basically double his size and pack on 50, 60 pounds of muscle).

By way of Vulture, we learn that we're not the only ones thinking about werewolves. There are a couple impending releases that center on the furry hell hounds -- Universal's "The Wolf Man" reimagining with Oscar winners Benecio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, and "Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans."

And there are so many in-the-works projects that the New York magazine blog wonders aloud if werewolves are the new vampires for Hollywood's purveyors of horror. Weren't vampires just the new zombies, which were the new ecological disasters? It's hard to keep up.

Here's a few cheat codes: Ridley Scott, C. Thomas Howell, "Watchmen" and "X-Men" writer David Hayter and she-wolf Fox drama. More here.

If you're still not sated, check out Werewolf News. No, we're not funnin' you, it really exists.

Meantime, "True Blood," from Oscar winner Alan Ball, is coming into its own, with this past Sunday's episode registering a whopping 85% leap in ratings from the season premiere. Word of mouth is just that good. (Who's the serial killer? We're dying over here!)

And finally, the mainstream media gets in on the act with a story about an 11-year-old boy with "werewolf syndrome," also known as hypertrichosis, from a publication that should now be known as the "Weekly World News."


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Werewolf News

Oh, we exist all right! This is the Web, where there's a site to cater to any obsession, however esoteric (or downright geeky). 2009 ought to be a good year for werewolves in North American media / culture-- I'm looking forward to it!


Wasn't the killer on True Blood already revealed at the end of episode 11?

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