13 Werewolf Films to Howl Over!


I have always loved werewolf films, perhaps even more than vampire films. There is just something about a creature that completely transforms from human to beast and then tears its victims to pieces. The problem with werewolf films is that in my experience, they are either really good or they just suck. Here I present to you a variety of werewolf films to satisfy everyone’s shape-shifting needs.

To me, there are two types of lycanthropic films; the werewolf and the wolfman. Werewolf films feature monsters that look nothing like their human counterparts whereas wolfmen retain some of the characteristics of the human form and in most cases still wear the clothes that were worn before the transformation. This blog is about werewolves.

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THE BASEMENTS HALLOWEEN HAVEN: Way to Celebrate Skeleton Duo Carrying Coffin from Walmart

So far in this series I have been praising Home Depot and their Home Accents line of Halloween props. This time some praise needs to go out to Walmart for this very cool display that looks great, is functional and very reasonably priced!

Picture from the Walmart website.
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MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Possessed Pumpkin by Ghoulish Productions

Nothing screams Halloween quite like a pumpkin. It has been representative of the season for as long as we can remember and capturing them in latex is nothing new. From Don Post Studios creating their famous pumpkin mask for the 1982 film HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH to today, where almost every mask company offers some kind of pumpkin mask, which vary in quality and design.

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THE BASEMENT’S HALLOWEEN HAVEN: Home Accents Holiday 12 ft. Giant-Sized Skeleton with LifeEyes

It seems that for the 2020 season, this huge prop from Home Depot’s Home Accents line, is the one to have, and is quickly becoming the hardest to get. Before I get into this item, the 12 Foot Giant-Sized Skeleton with Life Eyes, let me get into a bit of the trouble I had getting one of these for myself.

Photo from the Home Depot website.
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THE HALLOWEEN BOOMBOX: Seasonal Music To Die For: Midnight Syndicate Edition

Music is such a huge part of the Halloween season. Though radio stations rarely play any kind of music related to Halloween, there are plenty of options out there to help make your season more festive. For me, I like to start listening to Halloween music at the end of August and keep listening right up until the big day. While I am working on displays, setting up our Halloween village or even decorating the house, we always have Halloween music playing in the background. Midnight Syndicate is one of our favorite soundtracks for Halloween.

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For more than twenty years, the music of Midnight Syndicate has been a part of Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights.  Now, fans of the event will have the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition Music of Halloween Horror Nights album at the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store, located at the Universal Studios Florida theme park. The album features previously unreleased content and songs created by Midnight Syndicate specifically for Halloween Horror Nights, in addition to other Midnight Syndicate songs that have been used at the event and on the Halloween Horror Nights website since 1999. The limited edition run of 500 copies are hand-numbered and pressed on red vinyl.


MONSTROUS MASK REVIEWS: Lunar Lynx by Zagone Studios

If I had to chose one of my favorite mask companies of all time it would be Zagone Studios, formerly Be Something Studios. This company has been mentioned many times by me in other blogs and I do not want to sound like a broken record, other than to say that I recommend them highly.

During the 80s, when I would look through the various mask company catalogs that I had, I always gravitated towards the offerings of Be Something Studios more than the rest, wanting more of their masks than any other company. I also find myself now, so many years later, having more nostalgia for this company than any other.

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THE BASEMENT’S HALLOWEEN HAVEN: Must Watch Movies for the Halloween Season

There are so many facets to the Halloween season. There’s decorating, picking out and wearing costumes, listening to spooky music and of course there’s trick-or-treating. Another big part of the season is movie watching, and there certainly are many out there that are perfect to set the mood for October. This is not a count-down list but a listing of random movies that I try to watch every year leading up to Halloween.


I know a lot of people didn’t like HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH, mostly due in part to the fact that it didn’t continue the Michael Myers storyline from parts one and two. Even though the basic story of this movie is totally unbelievable, on the verge of being ridiculous, it is still a fun movie and if you are willing to suspend your disbelief, you will enjoy it! The cast is fun and the special effects are gruesome enough for most gorehounds. I also enjoyed the limited look at the inner workings of Don Post Studios, who actually made the skull, witch and pumpkin masks used in the film. Both Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin are great here.

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THE BASEMENT BLU-RAY REVIEW: Gamera The Complete Collection by Arrow Video

To capitalize of the success of Toho’s Godzilla series, film company Daiei created a giant monster of their own, Gamera. This series began in 1965, a good 11 years after the start of the Godzilla series. The early films, during the Showa era, were definitely geared more for kids as children would almost always be a big part of the storylines. With that in mind, these films also tended to be more violent, with injuries produced during the monster fights showing a lot of flowing blood. The budgets were always much lower than the Toho films and though this oftentimes showed, it did not detract from the overall enjoyment of these films.

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