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Tales of the Urban Werewolf

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Werewolf The Series

On Its 20th Anniversary

By AL J. Vermette

The year was 1987 as a new broadcasting network was getting ready to launch over the free air waves in the spring of that year. The new channel was the FOX network, a new up-start channel and the first one to debut nation wide in almost 30 years. The good people at the new network which over lapped the local stations was looking for new and wonderful new shows to air in their eight to Ten spot each night starting with the weekend time slot. Among the TV shows for this hungry new network some of which would become legends as others would land in TV land abyss never to be heard from again. Shows like "Married With Children," "21 Jump Street" (which brought the world a young Johnny Demp) "Duet" and "The Tracy Ullman Show" (Where "The Simpsons" made their TV debut before getting their own show and are still on the air 20 years later. Among the new weekend lineup was a little horror genre show that made a big impact with its one season run from July 11th 1987 to May 1988. The show was "Werewolf" and for its true diehard fans (Like Me) we have never forgotten it over the last 20 years.

"Werewolf" followed the story of a young collage student named Eric Cord played by John J. York who was the all American boy before being bitten by a werewolf who was also his roommate and best friend. Now young Eric becomes a monster soon after the bleeding pentagram appears in his right hand setting off the transformation into the werewolf. After having sadly killed his friend in the attack Eric is now wanted for murder and goes on the run endlessly in search of the werewolf who turned his buddy into a werewolf in hopes by killing him it will end the bloodline of the beast and free him of the curse. But our young lycanthrope as he hunts the evil werewolf Skorzeny is hunted himself by an unstoppable bounty hunter who knows what Eric becomes nightly and dose so with silver bullets.

The show made its world debut on FOX with a two hour movie which gave intro to all the main players and then followed up with 29 episodes running just one year. The show played out in the same vain as the past shows "The Fugitive" and "The Incredible Hulk" with Eric moving from town to town meeting new people and getting involve in their life before like in the case of the Hulk he would turn into the creature within him and in some cases help the needy and unlike the Hulk kill the evil. Eric’s good nature would for the most part keep the beast at bay and not harm good people but he did however rip apart those of who were bad. This fight within him moved the show along and didn’t sugar coat things with a werewolf who didn’t hurt or kill anyone at all like the creature was a saint or goodie two shoes werewolf or something. Oh no this beast did kill and not just people but other lycanthropes as well that he came across in his quest to rid himself of he thing within him. Yet the Eric wolf don’t just kill just to make a kill, there are many bystanders around him and he will not just rip people apart for fun unlike the evil werewolf will do.

"Werewolf" was the creation of long time TV show producer and writer Frank Lupo who has brought to the airwaves hits like "The A-Team," "Hunter," "Wiseguy" and "Riptide." It is said that Lupo came up with the idea for "Werewolf" when he was in the shower and soon after pitching the shows concept to his long time partner John Ashley the two took the idea to FOX who loved the storylines of the good and bad werewolves. The transformations and make-up for the show were handled by Greg Cannom who turned York and Connors into their lycanthropes and then there were the creatures themselves. They were just stunning even by today’s standards as the complete wolf suits were designed by master monster maker Rick Baker who we all know did the F/X for "An American Werewolf In London and created the Big Foot of "Harry And The Henderson’s" among others. Each wolf sported moveable jaws, ears and eyes giving the creatures some rang of emotion on a low budget and although maybe not as well designed as Harry’s Big Foot for "Werewolf" and it being 80s TV they worked fine enough to pull it off. The fur of the wolf suits were all hand stitched by experts from England who turned Baker’s designs into a reality.

The Eric werewolf was big with brown shaggy hair with a great lion like mane jetting from the things head and down its back. Long Paw like claws for its hands as the beast walked up right and on all fours. The evil Skorzeny wolf was bigger then Eric and was jet black with many of the same features of the other wolf but with longer sharper and nastier teeth and a face that look like the werewolf disease had been eating away at the much older werewolf for many, many years. The two creatures did clash a few times claw to claw with the evil Skorzeny wolf always coming out the victor but these creatures are hard to kill even by one of their own kind. In-fact Lupo’s lycanthropes all were immortal and although Eric hated being what he was on a few episodes he was indeed glad to be so-called cursed when more then one gun toting nut tried to murder him. Yeah these werewolves were real bad asses and in Lupo’s story lines the only why to kill one off was by a silver weapon or bullet or the killing bite of another werewolf.

Lupo’s show also didn’t have the creatures governed by the light of the full moon as in other werewolf films and tales. For his show the transformation was brought on by the impending nightfall and always after the appearance of a pentagram that showed in the soon to be werewolf hand. This was the sign of things to come and as the change neared the circled star would fill with blood giving Eric his warning that the change was soon to be. But it was not until the pentagram began to bleed that triggered to the man to beast transformation and unleashed the creature within him.

One of the things that drew viewers in each week on the shows Saturday and then Sunday night showings was the never ending search for the evil wolf Skorzeny played in his human form by actor Chuck Connors. His hulking one eyed villain was scary as hell even before becoming the monster and was the complete reverse of the good boy Eric’s character. Like things just couldn’t get any worse for the young lycanthrope he has deep voiced actor Lance LeGault as bounty hunter Alamo Joe after him who is obsessed with bringing in Cord dead or alive…human or other. Despite the fact that Connors enjoyed playing Skorzeny he was said to be a pain in the ass on set and was removed from the show early on in the shows run. From then on only his werewolf counter part was used as the character as with the use of body doubles in human form played by look-a-like actors. Later in the series the Skorzeny wolf was at last found and killed by Eric but thinking that the werewolf bloodline was now over and his foe was the first of the line he was sadly wrong and found out that there was an even more evil lycanthrope out there who was the father of them all.

Although the people behind "Werewolf" had big plans for the show like an episode with Eric meeting a vampire and all new transformation effects with a new and better way to turn Eric into his alter ego the show was gone off the air with no and this is rare NO ever reruns shown on FOX ever again. For a spell the USA Network showed the series in reruns on Friday nights in 1989 but then that two ended and the show was never seen here in the states again. It was shown very little outside the U.S. but like here the show vanished into TV land myth with most horror and werewolf fans who grew up after the 80s never seeing it. Oddly enough and I don’t understand this myself it was never brought to the Sci/Fi Channel ever…even though the USA Network owns the Sci/Fi Channel and had the broadcasting rights to the series when they took it over from FOX.

Today "Werewolf" has become something of the Holy Grail when it comes to the lost series and although the show is not being show anywhere in a 1.000 some what cable channels we have today and has never officially been released to video and DVD the show has missed the TV world Grim Reaper by way of true fans who taped the series with VCRs all them years ago. I can only kick my own ass for not keeping the episodes that I taped in 87 but one true fan out there not only taped the whole series from TV 41in Kansas City but now has transferred it all to DVD. Now "Werewolf" (Thank God) with all 29 episodes is making its way around over the internet and showing up at horror and film conventions like "Chiller Theater" where I found mine (Oh Happy Me!).

For us fans of the show who have not seen the series in the past 20 years just or those of you who have never seen it at all just knowing that now there is copies out there floating around should bring us some peace of mind. Now I warn you that the DVDs are not of the best grad when it comes to quality viewing. The old VCR tape transfer to modern day DVD is a little grainy and the sound is ever so slightly off but hell who cares you can watch "Werewolf" again….and anytime you like. What I found enjoyable was since the show was taped form airing of the show by the fan that recorded it there are more then one voice over at the end of the show over the closing credits of promos for the next show coming up such as "Married With Children" and other shows. For me it was like reliving 1987 and 88 all over again.

Sadly when "Werewolf" went off the air Eric Cord still didn’t find a way to end his nightly torment and the show never did try and bring back the "Werewolf" players for a closing movie of the week or something like that. A six issue comic book adaptation based on the series did surface but that too also went the way of the main series and is now also among "Werewolf" fan lore. Maybe some day the powers that be will officially release the series on DVD for the masses and I have heard a biz about the Horror Channel picking up the show but we will see. Still for us long time fans of this past 20 years and counting we have never ever forgotten the show that we so loved and as for the whole series on DVD that I so guard with my life…I have two sets of the series just in case one runs off into the night to hunt.

Where "Fiends" can order "Werewolf & The Witch"

"Werewolf & The Witch" is now available on DVD. You can order your copy from Writer/Director/Producer/Actor David "Rock" Nelson. Make a check payable to David Nelson in the amount of $22.00 ($20.00 for the DVD + $2.00 for postage and handling). Send this to:

David Nelson
1170 Howard Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Movie "Curse of the Wolf"

A big thank you goes out to Producer Lisa McQuiston, Writer/Director Len Kabasinski, and Cast Members Brian "Blue Meanie" Heffron and Pamela Sutch, for this autographed movie poster from the werewolf film "Curse of the Wolf."

To find out information about this werewolf movie (now on DVD), please check out the KillerWolf Films website at for all kinds of information on the film.

Thank you so much KillerWolf Films!

Curse of the Wolf

Death Walks The Streets I

Death Walks The Streets

The Story: "Michael Labou (Angel's Christian Kane) has always wanted to live a simple, normal life--a hard task to achieve when you are born into a family with ties to The Organization.

With dreams of starting over with a clean slate, Michael is released from prison and offered a chance for redemption in the eyes of The Organization. If he can complete one final assignment, his obligation to this surrogate family will be fulfilled and he can move on to right the wrongs of his past. With lifelong friends Danielle and Malcolm at his side, Michael soon finds himself in the possession of a mysterious artifact that holds a power so great that everyone and everything wants it.

Everyone but him...

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AL J. Vermette's Interview with Actor Brian Steele

Master of Monsters

Meet The Werewolves of
Brian Steele

By AL J. Vermette

Brian Steele is the Lon Chaney of our generation, he is an actor who has dedicated his career to playing some of the greatest Movie Monsters of all time. Chances are if you have seen a monster movie, it was Brian bringing the films true star to life…the creature itself. His work can be seen as the Kothoga creature in the movie “The Relic”, Hell Knight in “Doom”, the loveable Big Foot of “Harry & The Hendersons” TV series, the bat creatures of “The Cave” and the Lycans in “Underworld.”

Brian has played everything under the sun and full moon for that matter almost 20 years now, but who is this man of many faces who slips into rubber and fur and brings these wonderful creations to life? Not long ago, I had the chance to meet Brian fresh from playing William: Lord of The Lycans in the movie “Underworld: Evolution” and I must admit it was so cool to talk with the man who has played all the Movie Monsters that I have seen over the years. Shortly coming from the set of “Resident Evil 3”, Brian and I set up this interview for the fans of “Werewolf Magazine,” “Werewolf Café” and “Blood Moon Rising.”

AL: As a kid growing up, have you always wanted to make yourself up as a monster?

Brian: I can remember running home after to school to watch Monster Week on Channel 50. It was so cool to watch these creatures do battle. That is when I fell in love with Monsters!

AL: How did you get into the movie biz playing creatures?

Brian: Well, I’m going to date myself here! In 1987 I went to an audition to play Frankenstein’s Monster at Universal Studios Tour. I got the job and thus began my adventure portraying Monsters.

AL: Please tell our readers what it is like to perform on a movie set as a monster and what it takes to become something other then human?

Brian: I have the greatest job in the world. I get the opportunity to perform these Creatures that Artists have created. The talent and imagination that goes into creating these Monsters on my body astonishes me every time. When performing on set it is a culmination of many months of preparation. I work within a team of makeup artists and puppeteers to create what is seen on film. My performance comes from understanding the sculpture of the Creature because this design lends itself to what the movement should be. Then, taking that into account, I begin my intense physical training to strengthen those muscles used to move this Monster.

AL: What were some of the longest make-up sessions you had on a film?

Brian: I believe the longest make-up session so far has to be on “Blade Trinity.” If I remember correctly the make-up took close to 4 hours. It was well worth it after seeing the final result.

AL: What was it like playing one of the Lycans in the movie “Underworld” and what did you have to do to bring the werewolves to life?

Brian: Portraying the Lycans in UW was a great experience. It was a performance that required me to wear leg extensions. This brought a new challenge to my performance. There I was standing over 7 and half feet tall fighting many different actors in this animatronic suit with leg extensions trying create a performance that was convincing. The last thing any suit performer wants is to look like a guy in a big rubber suit! So, I trained many hours with the extensions before leaving for Budapest until they became a part of me. This allowed me to work with confidence and concentrate on other areas of the Lycan performance.

AL: In the movie “Underworld Evolution” you played one of the coolest looking werewolves in all of film history, William the very first Lycan. What was it like to play him and what did you have to do to make him different from the other Lycans with acting?

Brian: WOW! Thank you! When I saw the Sculpture of William I just couldn't wait until they had a design for me to try out. He is just such a bad-ass! The great thing about William is that there were no limits on how to play him. I went into it with the idea of just making him ruthless. A killing machine! We worked on changes with the leg extensions to give him more mobility than what the original wolves had. As you can see in the film William has the ability to walk almost upright then attack in a quadruped stance. This gave me many performance variations to draw from. I can't say enough great things about Tatopoulos Studio. They designed and crafted the Lycans in UW, UWE and William for UWE.

AL: You play werewolves so well, have you portrayed any other lycanthropes for other movies other then “Underworld?”

Brian: UW and UWE have been the only Films I have portrayed werewolves in. Hopefully, I will get an opportunity to complete the Trilogy and work on UW3! Then we will try some really groundbreaking stuff!

AL: Please tell our readers what other creatures and movies you have been in?

Brian: Well, the best way to explain that is to direct your readers to my website&helip; To highlight the work I have done recently: Sammael in “Hellboy”, Hell Knight in “DOOM”, Creature in “The Cave”, Drake Beast in “Blade Trinity”, Tartutic in “Lady in the Water.”

AL: Of all the beasts that you have played over the years, which ones have been the most fun to play and why?

Brian: With out a doubt my favorite is Portraying Harry in the TV show “Harry and the Henderson’s” This character was so wonderful to work with. The writers gave me the freedom to perform and the cast was amazing to work off of. It was an incredible two years of my life.

AL: What is the one creature you have yet to play that you would most like to slip into the rubber for?

Brian: Great question! Lets see... I'll leave you guessing but, the clue is it has to do with a dark Lagoon!

AL: So what’s next for you and what creatures and movies do you have coming up that we can look forward to.

Brian: I recently completed work on the latest “Resident Evil” movie. I can't say anything about the monster except that it is damn cool. It looks like I could be going on location soon on a movie called “Gallow Walker”. That's it for now, but 2007 is looking very interesting!

AL: Thanks Brian and keep scaring us in the years ahead.

Go to Brian’s website
and see what creatures he has played & or will play in the future

"In the Red" Movie

A big thank you goes out to director David Matheny and three of the cast members who autographed this promotional card for their werewolf related movie "In the Red" for The Werewolf Cafe.

This movie is currently available on DVD.

You can check out David's website at with the direct link to the movie trailer being at

Thank you David and Cast!

In the Red (front)

In the Red (back)

"The Lycanthrope" movie

A big thank you goes out to director Tony Quinn, musician Matt Thompson, cast members Zayra Alvarez, Whitney Blake, Gerardo Davila, Adrian Green, Andrew Grillo, Jaime Javor and Aida Omar for autographed promotional items for the upcoming werewolf movie "The Lycanthrope." You can visit "The Lycantrhope" movie website at for all kinds of information about this film including the movie trailer, screening information, cast member bios and more. Thank you cast members and crew members of "The Lycanthrope".

Here is an autographed postcard that was autographed by all the cast members:

Lycanthrope Moview

Review: The Howling

Hello again, Werewolf Cafe patrons, and prepare to settle in for another fantastic yarn of man-eating lycanthropes and the hapless women they stalk. This month’s topic of one-sided discussion is the 1981 classic, “The Howling.” I think it goes a little somethin’ like this...

The Howling

Dee Wallace-Stone (E.T.’s mom, as “Scream” so eloquently put it) stars as Karen White, a TV news reporter who’s become the object of serial killer Eddie Quist’s psychotic obsession. The film opens with Karen’s daring attempt to catch the killer and land a great story by playing bait in a police sting. With her husband, co-workers, and the police listening in, Karen follows the smiley face stickers and obscene phone calls to a porno shop in a bad part of town, where she soon finds herself in a screening booth viewing a rape flick with Eddie breathing over her shoulder. As Karen begins to sweat more profusely, Eddie rants on and on about how he’s going to light up her whole body. Okay, it’s no secret that this is a werewolf movie. After all, this is the Werewolf Cafe, so I’ll just go ahead and say it: Eddie is a werewolf, and apparently he’s decided to recruit Karen. Sort of a werewolf take on what vampires always do when they see a chick they like. Hey, if it works... Anyway, the bad news is, the auditory connection to Karen has been lost, so she’s pretty much on her own. The good news is, she’s a screamer, and the cops hear her cries for help when Karen finally sees Eddie’s true face. A young rookie comes to the rescue and fills Eddie with lead before Karen can be physically harmed, but she’s already the victim of psychological damage. By the way, the older cop referring to the rookie as “Quick Draw McGraw” here never fails to make me chuckle.

Even the famous Dr. Waggner (Patrick Macnee) can’t help Karen remember the face she saw that night, which has been locked away deep in her subconscious. Finally, the concerned doctor suggests that Karen and her husband, Bill, spend some time at his “Colony,” a retreat in the California woods for some of his patients who need to “unwind.” When the two arrive there, however, Karen hardly finds it relaxing. Introduced to her fellow patients at a nighttime barbecue, Karen is not at all comfortable with their behavior. Hillbilly dancing, howling at the moon, and old men setting themselves on fire simply aren’t her thing, but Karen tries to make the best of it. She quickly makes friends with the ditzy Donna, and the two spend their time playing tennis and gossiping. But being surrounded by strangers who just keep getting stranger, disturbing howls coming from the woods at night, and a sudden rash of animal mutilations are all weighing heavily on Karen’s mind. To make matters worse, the Colony’s lovely resident nymphomaniac, Marsha, has designs on Karen’s frustrated husband.

Meanwhile, back in the city, Karen’s friends and co-workers, Chris and Terry, are doing their best to discover the secrets of Eddie Quist, who they find has mysteriously disappeared from the city morgue. Their search leads them to the serial killer’s home, his deranged yet impressive art portfolio, and a charming scene in a quaint little occult book store (Dick Miller is a national treasure). Their investigation is interrupted when Terry rushes out to bring some citified sanity to her friend, Karen, along with an all meat picnic basket that vegetarian Bill goes crazy for. See, Bill has secretly been seeing a little too much of the luscious Marsha Quist lately (did I mention Marsha was a Quist?), and their recent exchanges of bodily fluids have come with their share of side effects. But hey, if you’re going to become a werewolf, Marsha Quist is the way to do it. Everything starts to come to a boil when Karen catches onto her wandering husband, Terry has a deadly Quist encounter, and Chris swipes some silver bullets in a mad rush to join the fun! As the climax approaches, Karen comes face to face with the face that’s been haunting her dreams since she first saw it, Eddie Quist! She throws some acid in that face though, and makes a run for the door. Thank goodness doctors always have deadly acids sitting around their offices for emergencies! As Karen searches for help, Chris finishes off Eddie, and everything comes to a head in a nearby barn. The Colony’s werewolf pack takes Karen prisoner, still offering to make her a new member (which is actually quite nice of them when you think about it, she should really be quite flattered). Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the way things are going under the good doctor’s alpha male leadership, and Marsha begins challenging his status. The power struggle only makes things more frightening for Karen, whose fate seems to depend on who comes out on top in what is basically a losing situation for her either way. Luckily, bright boy Chris shows up just in time, armed to the teeth with silver and rarin’ to go! Once the werewolves realize that Chris has the upper hand, he manages to back them into the barn and trap them inside. They commence to setting the place on fire and driving off to safety, though they still have to deal with Sheriff Newfield (played by the wonderful Slim Pickens), Bill, and a few others along the way.

Karen’s bad luck seems never ending when she gets bitten in the frenzy to escape, making hers and Chris’s return to the safety of high population and familiar surroundings a bittersweet one. The two friends make a decision to get the word out to the rest of the world, and on a live television broadcast, Karen exposes her new condition to the viewers. While she makes the change from woman to wolf, we are treated to the hilarious reactions of the disbelieving television audience. Finally, Chris puts Karen out of her misery, and a panicked Kevin McCarthy screams for a switch to commercial. Mm-mm, that dog food looks good. Cut to a local dive, where customers discuss the televised atrocity they’ve just witnessed. Who should be sitting amidst them but the loveliest nympho-werewolf the 80s ever provided, Marsha Quist, ordering up a rare hamburger. Very rare.

And that’s the story, folks! Only a few months before the legendary “An American Werewolf In London” was released, Joe Dante gave us the OTHER best werewolf movie ever made, the original “The Howling.” Rather than the lone, cursed wolf-man figure, The Howling gives us a very different take on the genre, portraying werewolves as pack creatures much like the animals they take their names from. Everything from alpha leaders, to challengers, to mating, hunting, and socializing is represented, giving us a much more realistically-based depiction. These tall and very impressive looking werewolves are also able to shape-shift whenever they choose, day or night, making them quite the formidable opponents. But “The Howling” doesn’t disregard the traditional Hollywood legends completely. It still takes silver bullets or fire to kill these werewolves, and their condition is still spread as easily as a single bite. The Howling’s effects are fantastic, only outshined by “An American Werewolf In London,” released that same year, and just as in that film, the material is handled with great love and respect. It’s loaded with humor and cute and funny references to wolf and werewolf pop culture, from cartoons and familiar illustrations, to a can of Wolf brand chili. There’s no shortage of gore and horror either though, with some genuine scares for any lone, nighttime viewers. The cast is excellent, studded with camp and horror favorites like Dick Miller, Patrick Macnee, Dee Wallace-Stone, John Carradine, Kevin McCarthy, Christopher Stone, Slim Pickens, Dennis Dugan, and Roger Corman, among others. Everyone is fantastic in their roles. Robert Picardo and Don McLeod are perfectly creepy as the Quist brothers (for those who haven’t seen the film, I’ve created a little illustration of Eddie to accompany this review), and Elisabeth Brooks is breathtaking as their sister, the frighteningly seductive temptress, Marsha. Now, for many, Karen’s final scene, in which we see a VERY different style of werewolf, tends to “ruin” the scary and impressive tone of the rest of the film. Don’t let this ruin it for you! According to Dee Wallace-Stone in a recent interview here at the Werewolf Cafe, this different look of the final werewolf was done to depict her character’s unwillingness to submit to the transformation. Knowing that makes the whole thing much more acceptable (thanks, Dee)! Overall, “The Howling” adds up to one frighteningly good time that I highly recommend! Definitely worth purchasing on DVD or VHS, as it is great for repeat viewings!

FYI, 6 sequels followed “The Howling,” ALL of which have an awful reputation. I recommend checking them out and judging for yourself, though. They’re all very different, and a couple might be rather enjoyable to you, but avoid the no-budget part 7 (New Moon Rising) at all costs. For more of my favorite werewolf movies, please check out my werewolf movie list on

Enjoy "The Howling," and see ya next review!