There are a lot of negative portrayals of werewolves in popular culture. You have the “Wolfman” with Lon Chaney Jr., “An American Werewolf in Paris”, or even “Cursed” with Christina Ricci. I have always felt that there should be more depth in the portrayal of werewolves. There can be good and bad werewolves, just like there are good and bad people, and becoming a werewolf does not damn you or make you souless or evil. That is one thing that always bugged me about the old werewolf movies. I actually haven’t watched too many of them, because I always get upset at how the werewolf takes over the person, creating a bloodlust to kill, and the only option is to kill the person to save their immortal soul. That’s why I really enjoyed the Underwold movies. They portrayed werewolves and vampires as much more human than we are used to seeing in film and literature.
Some other films I can think of that portray werewolves in a better light would be the “Teen Wolf” movies. In those, being a werewolf was just something you were born with. It was a natural part of life. “Wolf” with Jack Nicholson also showed the distinction between and “good” man and a “bad” man becoming a werewolf. It showed that the wolf alone did not make the man evil. It just brought out some baser instincts. Being a “monster” did not make you a bad person. I would say that the t.v. show “The Munsters” also helped in this respect. Here you had a family full of popular culture monster icons (Frankenstein’s monster, a vampire, a werewolf boy), and they were portrayed as lighthearted, generally well meaning people who where inherently good, if a little odd. They were often much nicer than the frightened and cruel society they lived in. I think these movies and shows did a lot in changing the way werewolves were portrayed in popular culture. But it is still a hard battle to fight. Old prejudices die hard.
I think werewolves have a lot of potential as far as the stories that can be told about them, and I intend to help change the centuries old trend of persecution they have undergone.