If you've had your fill with all things vampire-related, perhaps it's time to sink your teeth into "Bitten".
The werewolf-drama is making its way to Canada via the Space Channel and set to air on Jan. 11 at 9 p.m. EST. As far as Canadian-werewolf shows go, "Bitten" is the equivalent of pure-grade maple syrup.
Fans of "Smallville" and "Ted' will recognize Toronto-native Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, the show's heroine-turned-werewolf after an encounter with a wolf while in New York. As her world is turned upside down, she flees to Toronto in her pursuit of a normal life with her boyfriend Phillip, played by Alberta native Paul Greene.
But things are never normal for werewolves thanks to The Pack, a powerful organized family responsible for monitoring all werewolf activity. Think of them as the Mob of werewolves. Things get hairy for Elena after an all-out wear breaks out between the Muus, a group of rouge werewolves, decide to attack The Pack. You can catch a sneak peek of what to expect in the trailer below
If this sounds like something ripped out of a franchise involving supernatural creatures, that's because it is. "Bitten" is actually based off of "Women of the Otherworld", a fantasy series by Canadian author, Kelley Armstrong. The show will also feature the acting chops of Winnipeg’s Greg Bryk, and B.C.'s Greyston Holt.
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10. Blood and Chocolate
<em>Blood and Chocolate</em> by Annette Curtis Klaus is, on the surface, a novel about a female werewolf who falls in love with a human boy (a welcome change from most recent offerings). But, underneath that, it is a deeper, more powerful insight into the pleasure and fear of becoming a young woman. <em>Blood and Chocolate</em> does for the literary werewolf what <em>Ginger Snaps</em> does for the cinematic one (see No. 5). It is drenched with desire and captures the excess of hormones, power and strength that many teenage girls feel as they come to terms with their own sexuality. Essentially, it's cleverly written and is at once guileless and knowing in its exploration of werewolves.
9. Dog Soldiers
Set in the Scottish Highlands and adopting a ‘soldiers versus werewolves’ theme, <em>Dog Soldiers</em> adds just enough humor to ensure it doesn’t take it self too seriously. And that makes for a hilariously scary offering that entertains throughout. The only reason it doesn’t feature more highly in my Top 10 is the caliber of the opposition, but any film that can get the lines "Here boy, fetch!" and "Werewolves ate my platoon" into a werewolf film and still remain viewable is worthy of anyone’s vote
8. An American Werewolf in London
Although over thirty years old now, this film still delivers the perfect package –- high levels of horror as well as enough humor to ensure it keeps its feet on the ground, and the make-up effects are second to none for its time. Its clever portrayal of lycanthropy –- the werewolf disease –- as a mental affliction as well as a physical one reflects the renewed medical interest in the disease in the 1970s. John Landis, the director, got the idea for the film after seeing a group of Yugoslavian gypsies performing burial rites over the grave of one of their deceased. Because of his background research, this is an intelligent film with just the right amount of gore!
7. The Wolfman
Remade in 2010 and starring Anthony Hopkins and Benicio del Toro as the cursed werewolf beasts, this modern version brought the werewolf into the 21st century. Although a noble effort by modern standards, it struggles to match the original Wolf-man performance of Lon Chaney Jr. That said, it retains all the classic imagery, especially the ‘angry mob’ –- especially necessary in all good werewolf hunts.
6. The Howling
Described by one critic as ‘the silliest film seen in some time’ most would agree that its still a pretty scary film that helped change the direction of werewolf horror into much darker territory.<em> The Howling </em>managed to blend good old-fashioned terror with subtle references to werewolf classics, and deserves its place mid-way through the Top 10.
5. Ginger Snaps
Finally, proof that werewolves are not exclusive to the male sex. <em>Ginger Snaps</em> was a coming-of-age romp that used the werewolf as a metaphor for female teenage puberty –- Ginger is at once sexy yet deadly, human yet bestial too. As reflective of the troubles of being a teenage girl as <em>Teen Wolf </em>is of being a teenage boy.
4. Teen Wolf
Starring Michael J. Fox as a high school werewolf, <em>Teen Wolf </em>is referred to as a comedy, but as any teenage kid knows being the outsider at school is no laughing matter. Still remains an influential offering within the genre, and was the inspiration for a (loosely) updated version developed for MTV in 2011.
3. The Company of Wolves
Bizarre. Frightening. Moralistic. Entertaining. All words that sum up <em>The Company of Wolves</em>. Starring Angela Lansbury, it weaves separate tales that convey similar messages -– that if you keep the company of wolves, sooner or later you WILL get bitten. Oh, and the transformation scene is rather scary too!
Ok, so <em>Twilight</em> is best-known for its vampires, but Jacob Black makes for a pretty mean werewolf that would give any self-respecting vampire a run for his money. It’s a pretty close call, but surely Jacob’s hardened muscles and fierce bite just edges out Edward’s limiting need for the Factor 50 sun cream?
1. Little Red Riding Hood
Bringing nightmares to children for hundreds of years, <em>Little Red Riding Hood</em> (as the modern tale is known) is the original werewolf story and still the best. Recently made into a film that struggled to live up to its promise, this is a moralistic tale of what happens to you if you stray from the path – ‘Oh Grandma, what big teeth you have’ – ‘All the better to eat you with my dear!’