5. The Howling (1981)
Scary and suspenseful with outstanding effects, yet still peppered with self-referential comedic touches, The Howling is an absorbing story of a TV news reporter (Dee Wallace) who ventures to a psychiatric resort after suffering amnesia and discovers that it's overrun by werewolves.
4. Bad Moon (1996)
This woefully underrated film from Eric Red, writer of The Hitcher and Near Dark, presents an engrossing "dog-and-mouse" tale of a man (Michael Paré) who comes to visit his sister (Mariel Hemingway) and her young son in their remote home. Only the family's German Shepherd, however, realizes that the brother is in fact a werewolf, and the dog's sense of dedication to protecting the family would put Lassie to shame.
3. Ginger Snaps (2000)
A darkly humorous streak colors this Canadian production (which spawned two sequels) that smartly parallels lycanthropy with puberty. Morbid teenaged sisters Ginger and Brigitte find themselves growing apart after Ginger is bitten by a werewolf and begins to undergo unusual "changes."
2. Silver Bullet (1985)
One of the few Stephen King adaptations in which the script was actually written by King, Silver Bullet captures his rich, nostalgia-strewn portrait of small-town life and the paranoia, anguish and anger caused when a werewolf begins picking off residents right and left. At its heart, though, it's a good old-fashioned murder mystery with just enough humor to lighten the mood.
1. Dog Soldiers (2002)
Neil Marshall's directorial debut is a turbo-charged action bonanza that plays like Night of the Living Dead meets Aliens, with werewolves. A group of British soldiers on a training mission in the Scottish Highlands encounter a pack of werewolves and end up barricading themselves in a farmhouse, not realizing that it's the wolves' home. Tongue-in-cheek humor and imposing creature design make this one of the most entertaining monster movies of all time.