Supernatural occurrences, unexplained events, and sometimes a bit different physical attributes, especially during the full moon have been a seductive topic covered by various artists. Cinematography is full of movies about werewolves, and legends about them, told from various points of view, through horrors and sometimes parodies. Netflix has a pretty good choice of movies regarding hits topic and this list covers the 20 best werewolf movies you can stream there right now.
The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020)
What it’s about: This comedy horror mystery is set in a small mountain town that faces serious problems every month during a full moon. Bodies are discovered around town, which indicates there might be a werewolf in town. Officer Marshall is trying to convince himself these monsters don’t exist while struggling with the loss of sleep, raising his teenage daughter, and helping his elderly father.
Why you should watch it: This is not your typical werewolf movie even though the core motif comes from this interesting legend. It might be appealing to the audience who is not usually interested in the topic but wants to learn a bit more about it through a not-so-gloomy background. But it is also an allegory of a predatory world and men who change when confronted with something they can’t handle or when they have to face more things at once.
Eight for Silver (The Cursed, 2021)
What it’s about: This interesting fantasy horror mystery takes place in rural 19th-century France where a small village is threatened by possible supernatural forces. When pathologist John McBride arrives in this small town to investigate all the dangers in it, he will realize that he is about to face even more dangerous and menacing demons, his own.
Why you should watch it: A combination of a psychological story and a fantasy horror, this movie is perfect for the audience who doesn’t expect only action and chasing werewolves but also wants to learn more about the emotions that trigger characters’ actions and make them do the things they do.
Good Manners (2017)
What it’s about: Two women are found in the center of this fantasy horror set somewhere in Sao Paulo. Clara is a lonely nurse who is hired by a wealthy and mysterious Ana as a nanny for her unborn child. Even before the birth of the baby, the two women form a strong and special bond which will be changed dramatically on one fateful night.
Why you should watch it: This is not a usual werewolf movie and don’t expect too many jump scenes, but a well-developed story about a phenomenon so distant and unknown to people that it is difficult to grasp it. But it is still a fantasy tale which makes it times difficult to separate from reality since it is told in an extremely realistic way. It is one of the most complex and best werewolf stories ever told, a combination of various genres.
What it’s about: Anna spent her childhood with a mysterious man she calls and knows only by Daddy, hidden and locked in the attic. He has always told her stories about the Wildling and made her fear this child-eating monster. She is finally saved at the age of 16 and her new life is about to start but soon secrets behind her upbringing will begin coming to life, together with her thirst for vengeance.
Why you should watch it: This is a slow-paced horror fantasy drama that slowly builds and climaxes in a shocking revelation. Its first part might be more interesting to the audience who expected mysteries and the second part to the audience who likes more action and fast-paced storytelling.
What it’s about: This is the story of Jacob, a young man who believes himself to be a wolf trapped in a human body. His family sends him to a clinic where he is forced to undergo several treatments to cure his illness, at the hands of the so-called The Zookeeper. The only thing that keeps Jacob from going completely insane is a wildcat he spends his nights roaming around the hospital. Soon this friendship will become an infatuation, making things even more complicated.
Why you should watch it: This is a completely new approach to the werewolf topic, told through an artistic point of view, at times difficult to follow, deeply engaging, and one expecting a changed point of view. If you want to be challenged and nudged to experience something new, this is a movie for you.
When Animals Dream (2014)
What it’s about: This Danish mystery thriller tells the story of Marie, a 16-year-old girl who lives on a small island with her ill mother and father who takes care of his family. When mysterious deaths begin to occur around the island, Marie will take a closer look at herself, her body, and her mind and realize that something very strange is happening to her.
Why you should watch it: This slow-paced horror thriller has an artistic side that makes it even more enticing and brings even more discomfort to the audience. But if you like Scandivanian movies in general, if you want to follow the leading character in her struggle and experience the details of the change, you will definitely like this coming-of-age drama which is implemented into the terrifying moments of the movie.
What it’s about: is another Scandinavian horror thriller on this list, this time from Norway which deals with a girl teenager in the center of the story. 17-year-old Thale has just moved with her parents to a small town where her mother got a new job in the local police. Strange things begin to happen after a student is killed at a party where Thale becomes the key witness. But Thale isn’t sure if the murderer is even human, or maybe a wolf.
Why you should watch it: This movie is a very good mystery that every fan will enjoy. It is full of suspense, with great storytelling and performances and it brings the audience a somewhat different perspective of a werewolf story than it is maybe used to. It is a good choice for everyone who wants something fresh and new related to this topic.
What it’s about: Selena is a vampire warrior and assassin and a member of the elite “Death Dealers” squad who has devoted her existence to the eradication of werewolves. Hers and her species’ victory seems near when Lucian, the Lycans’ supreme overlord dies but soon Selena’s life will take a full turn when she falls in love with a human doctor Michael Corvin, the werewolves’ newest interest.
Why you should watch it: Underworld is one of the most beloved movies among vampire and werewolf fans, talking about their constant fights and battles but also introducing a possibly even bigger problem of a human being among all of them, which proved to be an issue in the next sequels. It is a must-watch for everyone interested in the topic but also expecting lots of action.
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
What it’s about: After Selena discovered Michael’s true side, she is working together with him in this sequel when the war between vampires and werewolves is getting more and more serious. Both of them are eager to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines, at the same time trying to struggle with their forbidden love and becoming part of one of the biggest battles among these immortals.
Why you should watch it: This sequel is even more action-packed than the first part of the saga, making the movie an excellent choice for all its fans but also the ones who aren’t that well familiar with the topic in general. It is a great way to learn about vampires, and werewolves and the reasons for their ever-going fights.
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
What it’s about: In this sequel to the famous vampire and werewolf saga, Selena, the vampire warrior finds herself in a battle against humankind. Humans are the ones who have discovered the existence of Vampire and Lycan clans and, according to them, it is time to start eradicating both species.
Why you should watch it: Once again, good action and an interesting story follow this beloved action horror about vampires on one side and werewolves on the other, with a strong and fearless heroine who becomes responsible for people around her and their existence.
Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
What it’s about: The third of this saga again follows Selena, the vampire warrior who is now forced not to deal only with her biggest enemies, the Lycans but also with the Vampire clan that betrayed her in the previous sequel. She has only two allies, David and his father Thomas and with their help, she has to stop the neverending war between Lycans and Vampires but this time making a huge sacrifice.
Why you should watch it: Even though it was very successful, this saga is in general pretty underestimated but it is an interesting watch, especially for the ones who are into the topic of vampires and werewolves and their everlasting feuds.
What it’s about: This teenage drama is an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel, one of the biggest literary hits at the beginning of the 21st century. We follow the story of Bella Swan who moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest where she soon becomes involved in some of the town’s biggest mysteries. After falling in love with her classmate Edward Cullen, her life will become a great puzzle, since Edward is a 108 old vampire who hides numerous secrets.
Why you should watch it: Twilight is a good choice for teenagers who love fantasy and topics about vampires, werewolves and various battles between them, told in a somewhat more romantic and innocent way than it usually is. It is a decent movie adaptation, even though it has lost a lot from its literary template.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
What it’s about: In this sequel, Edward and Bella are separated when he leaves her after a nearly deadly attack on her. As if the whole situation is not complicated enough for her, she finds herself in a new difficult relationship, this time with her close friend Jacob.
Why you should watch: If you enjoyed the first part of this vampire and werewolf saga, you will definitely be interested in what is going on with its main protagonists in this sequel, too. It is full of new characters and complications, ideal for teenagers who search for a bit more complicated romance.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
What it’s about: Bella finds herself in one of the most complicated moments in her life. Her graduation is approaching and while Seattle is dealing with a series of mysterious killings, she is in front of one of the toughest decisions of her life, choosing between her boyfriend, vampire Edward, and her best friend, werewolf Jacob.
Why you should watch it: Once again, vampires and werewolves, this time in an even more complex situation and an everlasting problem with their relationship, spiced up with a love story that doesn’t seem to have a happy end if this issue doesn’t get solved.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010)
What it’s about: This is a family comedy fantasy horror about a family who travels to a Romanian castle that they inherited. But immediately upon their arrival, strange things begin to happen. Even though the situation doesn’t look appealing at all, their son’s thirst for blood and monsters will be quenched.
Why you should watch it: This tv-movie guarantees good fun for teenagers but can also be interesting to a slightly older audience. It is an interesting tale with a strong female character and a good choice if you don’t want a typical werewolf horror but something lighter and more easygoing.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
What it’s about: This is the prequel to the original Underworld saga and it brings us a century-old story about a blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their former slaves, the Lycans. We meet Lucian, a young Lycan who becomes a werewolf leader in charge of rising up against Viktor, the vicious vampire king who made them their slaves. Lucian is joined by his lover Sonja who will help him in the battle against the Vampire army.
Why you should watch it: It is always interesting to learn more about the background behind the stories we enjoy. This fantasy thriller is a must-watch for everyone who enjoyed the original first Underworld movies. It ensures an interesting storyline, good action scenes, and a great cast, including Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, and Michael Sheen.
The Werewolf (1956)
What it’s about: This sci-fi horror takes to Mountaincrest where we witness a fight between a stranger without memory and a local who attacks him. But the local is the one who ends up dead after the stranger turns into an animal and kills him. He is now on the run, with the sheriff and his police after him. Soon we will be included in an interesting story about an experiment gone wrong.
Why you should watch it: There is something about black-and-white movies that makes them very interesting. If you want a different experience, a raw story without special effects, this is your choice. It has a great atmosphere, the setting is perfect and it is well-cast. It is also not a classic werewolf story that is connected with a legend, but a scientific experiment, which makes it a bit different than the usual ones.
Valley of Shadows (2017)
What it’s about: Aslak is a 6-year-old boy who lives with his mother in a small village in Norway, between the sea and the mountains. After a strange event that neither Aslak nor his mother can understand and explain, he will embark on an adventure that will change his life. But is it his imagination or reality?
Why you should watch it: This is not a movie for everyone. Be careful when you decide to watch it since it might get a bit slow and boring, but if you get used to its pace and the fact that everything is seen from a child’s point of view, you will adjust to it and probably enjoy it.
What it’s about: This movie is set in a pagan Estonian village full of werewolves and spirits but the biggest problem there is how to survive the cold and dark winter. Stealing is what keeps them alive but also becomes the biggest problem in the village since it makes them soulless and obsessed. In the middle of all this, there is a girl whose longing for a local boy turns her into a werewolf and makes her ready to die for love.
Why you should watch it: This is an extremely interesting and complex movie, shot in black and white which adds up to its haunting and disturbing atmosphere. It is a combination of European Christian and Estonian pagan mythology which makes it very compelling. It is original and unique and yet simple and strange at the same time. A must-watch!
Van Helsing (2004)
What it’s about: Hugh Jackman plays Van Helsing, the world’s most famous vampire hunter in this adventure fantasy thriller. He is sent with his ally Carl to Transylvania by the Vatican to stop the notorious Count Dracula. They will be joined by a gypsy princess called Anna Valerious who is determined to end her family’s curse by killing the vampire.
Why you should watch it: Van Helsing is an interesting, action-packed tale full of adventure, with the always intriguing story related to Count Dracula and his adversaries. The characters are great, the casting is brilliant and it is a two-hour-long journey you will enjoy, especially if you are a fan of movies like The Mummy.
13 Hrs (Night Wolf, 2010)
What it’s about: Sarah Tyler returns to her troubled home in a remote English countryside after many years, completely unprepared for what awaits there. During a strong storm, Sarah, together with her family and friends remains cut off from the houses in the neighborhood and is up for the nightmare of her life. There is something lurking in the dark, dangerous and wild, and very difficult to run away from.
Why you should watch it: Don’t expect too much from this action horror but if you want an hour and a half of mystery and an interesting plot, it might be a good idea for a non-demanding weekend afternoon.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
What it’s about: This is a true classic among movies about werewolves, a story of two American students who get attacked by a werewolf during their walking tour across Britain. One of them dies and the other one begins to experience huge changes that start with him having nightmares about his friend and other victims who beg him to commit suicide to release them from their curse.
Why you should watch it: John Landis wrote and directed one of the most intriguing werewolf movies ever. It is a combination of comedy and horror, full of very good special effects and suspense. It is a masterpiece that every true movie fan should see, especially if they are interested in the topic.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
What it’s about: This is not an animated movie about werewolves but it contains a great number of fantastical beasts, among which are werewolves, as well. It is a story about Dracula who lives in his Transylvanian castle where he hides his teenage daughter Mavis, afraid of losing her. His overprotectiveness becomes endangered when a human boy knocks on his door asking for a place to stay and falls in love with Mavis.
Why you should watch: Hotel Transylvania is a hilarious cartoon full of interesting and original characters, including some of the most beloved and famous monsters, such as the mummy, Frankenstein, and werewolves. It is funny and never boring, with a brilliant voicing cast, such as Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Steve Buscemi. It is definitely a fun movie for the whole family.
Dark Shadows (2012)
What it’s about: In the year 1752, the family Collins, with their son Barnabus decides to move from Liverpool to America to start a new life, unaware they didn’t escape the curse that has plagued their family. When a grown-up Barnabus breaks the heart of the witch, Angelique, she curses him by turning him into a vampire and burying him alive. He wakes up two centuries later and has to adapt to the world that he finds himself in.
Why you should watch it: Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter might be the reason enough to watch a movie. Even though this one is not as exciting and intriguing as other Burton movies, it is still an interesting story with a great cast, funny and original.
Werewolves Within (2021)
What it’s about: The small town of Beaverfield is hit by a huge snowstorm that traps its residents inside the local inn. But this is not the only problem for them since there is a mysterious creature who has begun terrorizing the community. The new forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily are the only two people who might be able to stop it and discover the truth behind its appearance,
Why you should watch it: This movie is a great combination of a whodunnit detective story, mixed with a few funny elements, an excellent atmosphere, and a very good cast. It is a great choice for a gloomy evening, not something you will remember for a long time but definitely a horror comedy worth watching.
Open Season: Scared Silly (2015)
What it’s about: This sequel begins with a scary story around the campfire about the Wailing Wampus Werewolf that lives in Timberline National Forest. When Elliot ends the story, Boog is the one who is terrified and decides to pass on their annual summer camp trip until the werewolf is gone. Elliot will be the one who will try and help him get rid of his fear.
Why you should watch it: Even though this is not one of the most insightful and interesting cartoons there is, it is still a fun watch for the youngest who will definitely be amused by Elliot and his friends’ new adventures.
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
What it’s about: In this sequel, Dracula has finally decided to open up his hotel to human guests. Everything is working out perfectly fine but Dracula is this time worried about his half-vampire, half-human grandson, Dennis. He is afraid Dennis isn’t showing any vampire signs so he decides to gather his friends to help him train Dennis into being a monster.
Why you should watch it: If you enjoyed the first part of this lovely animated movie, you will definitely love this one, too. Full of adventure, funny situations, and witty dialogues, it is, once again, a fun movie to watch with the whole family.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
What it’s about: Everything seems to be going perfectly between Edward and Bella who have just left for their honeymoon on Esme Island. But things will change completely when Bella finds out she is pregnant. Her baby is growing at a very fast rate, causing problems for her so Edward and the wolf pack begin to speculate she might be carrying an immortal child.
Why you should watch it: This is the fourth part of Bella and Edward’s love story, full of problems and things to deal with. If you enjoyed the previous three movies, you will like this part, as well. Apart from vampires and werewolves and their eternal fights and make-ups, the plot is starting to thicken even more.
Family Blood (2018)
What it’s about: Ellie is a recovering addict who has just moved to a new town with her two children, hoping to stay away from drugs and her old life. But the circumstances don’t allow her and she is back where she was before moving. The biggest change in her life is a new man named Christopher who is a different kind of addict.
Why you should watch it: If you don’t have anything against slow-paced movies without a lot of action, this is a movie for you. It relies on some other qualities, such as a gloomy atmosphere, and good characterization.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
What it’s about: The final part of the Twilight Saga begins with Bella getting used to being a vampire. But the biggest problems will arise when someone suspects Edward and Bella’s daughter Renesmee is a vampire since it is forbidden for a child to be turned. They are all now under the watch of the Volturi and will have to do everything to convince them Renesmee is not a threat.
Why you should watch it: If you enjoyed the previous four parts of this saga, you will probably enjoy this one, too. Full of action and suspense, it is a good closure to one of the most popular and beloved vampire and werewolf sagas of the past two decades.