Saturday, October 12, 2013
31 Werewolves | Wolfen
Whitley Strieber's werewolf novel was published in 1978 to mostly positive reviews. Told from the dual perspectives of a race of people descended from wolves and the police detectives investigating their grisly work, The Wolfen offers a scientific - instead of a supernatural - explanation for werewolves. In fact, the Wolfen aren't technically werewolves at all, though they've inspired those kinds of legends.
A couple of years later, the book was adapted into a movie starring Albert Finney and Diane Verona as the detectives. The film differs from the novel's plot in several respects, but a couple of huge differences are the way it ties the Wolfen specifically to Native American folklore and a heavy environmental theme. The Wolfen are predators, but in the movie they're predators with a cause.
Strieber followed up The Wolfen with a vampire novel, The Hunger, which was adapted into a Tony Scott film starring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. A few years after that, he wrote the controversial Communion: A True Story, which claimed to be an accurate account of his abduction by aliens. Communion was also made into a film, this one starring Christopher Walken.