Nickelodeon Feeling Victorious with Boy Who Cried Werewolf.
I am looking forward to watching this (one of my favorite parts of October is the ability to watch all sorts of cheesy fun horror movies and werewolf movies on a bunch of channels), though the plot doesn’t sound all that fresh at all.
However, this part of the blurb made me frown:
Not everything is what it seems in this town, and the Sands’ visit goes awry when a freak lab accident gradually transforms Jordan into a werewolf. As her body changes, so does her personality, and she becomes a graceful, athletic, self-confident young woman. But Jordan’s dark, hairy side is dangerous to others, and the change confuses her new suitor, Goran (Steven Grayhm), the town’s young, attractive butcher. In order to salvage her crush and return back to her normal self, Jordan must rely on her pesky little brother and Madame V to save her before it’s too late.
Probably you can guess why this bothers me, but here it is in brief:
1) When girls become werewolves, they are almost always presented as some sort of sexual predators (the intensity of this depends on the story, but it’s pretty common). Though I do like sexual supernatural women, of course, I dislike the way this is so often shown as something dangerous and horrible, especially when it comes to teenage female werewolves.
2) Of course, she must be rescued by her brother. Of course she can’t rescue herself.
Maybe the movie will circumvent these worries and do something new and wonderful. I hope it does.
Speaking of the presentation of female werewolves, Victoria Blisse talks about why she wrote a werewolf in Moon Shy. Once again, the blurb made me pause.
Lowell is a werewolf. Desdemona is a werewolf. That is where the similarities end.
Desdemona takes great joy in the full moon. She maims and kills with enthusiasm and wishes she could be a werewolf every day. Lowell hates what he is. He wishes that the full moon would only come around once in a million years.
Again with the female werewolf being the predator (I’m only guessing sexually, too, but that is the trend). Here we also see a typical presentation of the male werewolf as a tragic creature who struggles with the monster he becomes.
I want to read this, because I would love to see more stories where the female werewolf loves being a werewolf, but this juxtaposition of characters does make me leery.
In fact, this later post where she talks about Good versus Evil and writing Desdemona makes me even leerier of reading about this female werewolf.
She left him reluctantly, but she had a job to do. Seducing a brand new werewolf would have to take its place. The one thing missing from her perfect life was a partner in crime. It was all right bonking victims before she ripped them to shreds, but what she really wanted was a werewolf to have real, violent, doggie style sex with. Someone who could share the exhilaration of the kill with her. Lowell would be perfect. He needed training, obviously, and she was the woman to do it.
Wolves are On the Prowl in Two New Sci-Fi Channel Flicks.
Monsterwolf, starring Robert Picardo (from The Howling!) and Jason London, premieres Saturday, October 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Blurb: When an oil company defies a court injunction against drilling on tribal land, their blasting releases the Kachinawaya, a Native American animal spirit meant to protect Indian lands from invaders.
I hope we aren’t supposed to root for the oil company here or a bunch of white guys.
Red: Werewolf Hunter, starring Felicia Day, Kavan Smith, and Stephen McHattie, premieres Saturday, October 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Blurb: Felicia Day portrays a descendant of Little Red Riding Hood, who brings her fiancé home, where he learns the family business: hunting werewolves. He’s skeptical—at least until he’s bitten by a werewolf. When her family insists he must be killed, Red tries everything she can to save him.
I love Little Red Riding Hood retellings, especially ones where Red is a werewolf hunter or a werewolf herself, and I am really looking forward to this!
Teen Wolf’s Stars Say Series is Almost Nothing Like Original Movie.
Wow, they are really trying to distance themselves from the original movie, aren’t they? I don’t remember, did the same thing happen when Buffy the Vampire Slayer the series came out?