Appears in: The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Scariest moment: Prowling at night, during his first time as the wolf, the transformed Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) attacks, and ultimately kills, an unsuspecting gravedigger.
Weakness: Silver bullets and the constant need for a good blow dryer.
The Wolf Man represents the worst kind of after-hours transformation into a ravenous beast, minus any alcoholic stimulants. Instead of booze, the catalyst for Larry Talbot's (Lon Chaney, Jr.) curse of becoming a werewolf whenever there's a full moon is a bite from another lycanthrope—a passing of the torch, if you will.
More often than not, moviemakers treat their werewolves literally like the four-legged beasts, having average Joe's morph into unrecognizably human dogs; the genius thing about director George Waggner's The Wolf Man, though, is that Talbot's evil, hairy alter ego looks very much like a dude, albeit of the Robin Williams by way of a Chia pet variety.