Honestly, the werewolves have been neglected by me. I’m sorry to say, but Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood is only the second post with werewolves in my current writing tenure. Probably my only mention of werewolves is in my Overgrown post, from last summer. Indeed, vampires are much more prevalent in my writings, but that’s all about to change. Why? Because of Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood – Champion Of Gaia Edition. But more on that a bit later.
What’s Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood All About?
Indeed, vampires are the dominant folklore creatures in my content. Witches are also frequent topic for me. Games like Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood not so much. But what’s so special about werewolves? First and foremost, the werewolf is a widespread concept in European folklore. It also exists in many variants, and the persecution of werewolves is an integral part of the “witch-hunt” phenomenon.
For instance, much like the witchcraft trials, the trial of supposed werewolves emerged in what is now modern-day Switzerland. But in all the basic forms, a werewolf is a human with the ability to shape-shift into a wolf. After being placed under a curse or affliction, but the transformations occur only on the night of a full moon. So, it’s not that uncommon to find werewolves in modern literature, TV production, or even cinema. And now in Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood.
What about Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood?
Well, first and foremost, in Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood you are Cahal. A powerful Garou who chose to go into exile after losing control of his destructive rage. In his quest for redemption, Cahal plays a crucial role in the great war between the Garous and Endron. A powerful oil company that serves the Wyrm, whose destruction is ravaging the planet. Cahal can transform into a wolf and a Crinos. A huge ferocious beast. He’s an eco-terrorist werewolf, banished from his werewolf tribe.
Developed by Cyanide Studio and published by Nacon, Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood is available for pre-purchasing. Right here at IndieGala.
However, the video game is based on White Wolf Publishing’s tabletop role-playing game Werewolf: The Apocalypse. And it’s expected to be released on February 4th, 2021. Hurry up!. This offer is not going to last that much longer.
Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood And Movie/TV Werewolves
Furthermore, following the theme of the game, we’ve prepared a bunch of werewolves-inspired projects. Both TV and movie projects of course, but all of them contain some sort of werewolves. Some are older, some are quite new (relatively new). Which projects made the cut? Teen Woolf fans you’re welcome for the nod. Scroll down to find out about the rest of the projects.
Let’s start with the early ’80s and with this Joe Dante Classic. Much like a good portion of the movies I mention here at IndieGala, The Howling also takes place in the ’80s. But the movie has Karen White (Dee Wallace) in the lead role. A news anchor stalked by a deranged killer. After a near-fatal incident, she’ll get to a resort to recuperate. But once she gets there she’ll understand that it’s main population is werewolves. And a new set of troubles will begin there. For the fans of the Howling franchise, here’s a bit of good news. Andy Muschietti (the director of It Chapter 1 and 2) will also direct a remake of the movie for Netflix.
Fun fact: Dee Wallace was very uncomfortable in the porn shop scene. The discomfort on her face is very clear.
A crime/horror movie also from 1981. Wolfen is a forgotten gem, but it’s also one of the most underrated movies of the ’80s. It has a great direction from Michael Wadleigh and a great cast. Furthermore, the late Albert Finney stars in the lead role of Captain Dewey Wilson. An ex-police officer brought back to the force in order to investigate a series of murders. He needs to find out the culprit, but that won’t be such an easy task. Edward James Olmos is in the movie too, and so is the late Gregory Hines. It’s a good movie and if you’ve not checked it out… Do it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Fun fact: Dustin Hoffman was after the role of Dewey Wilson, but got a big NO from the director Michael Wadleigh who really wanted to work with Albert Finney. He was his favorite actor. It was the only time in his career that Hoffman got a NO for a part. Any part that is.
An American Werewolf in London
Unlike Wolfen, An American Werewolf in London is a much more familiar movie. At least to the general audience, even though the release year is 1981. Yes, 40 years ago. Along with The Howling and Wolfen. However, An American Werewolf in London is a horror-comedy and it’s a truly great one. It’s probably one of John Landis’s finest movies, and it’s about 2 American backpackers in the UK (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne). They’ll both experience a werewolf attack and the surviving friend will transform into a werewolf himself. This is a true classic and I highly recommend this one. Especially for Werewolf The Apocalypse fans.
Fun fact: This is the first film to earn the Academy Award for Best Make-up. That category was created in 1981.
Here’s a movie from the 21st century. Dog Soldiers is also the directorial debut of Neil Marshall, and it’s a damn fine movie if I do say so myself. Dog Soldiers is a movie about a British Squad’s survival at a military training in the Scottish Highlands. What will start as a routine mission for the soldiers, will quickly turn into a survival attempt for the men. This is a great horror movie. And with an excellent cast too. Sean Pertwee, Liam Cunningham and Kevin McKidd are really great, but the fear factor is where it gets you.
Fun fact: Simon Pegg got a part offer in the film, but calorically said NO afterwards. Of course that was after Edgar Wright suggested to save his first horror role for Shaun of the Dead (2004).
Speaking of a great cast, Wolfman has great actors in abundance. Including two Oscar winners. Sir Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro in the titular role. That of Lawrence Talbot / The Wolfman. Furthermore, Emily Blunt is in the movie too, and so are Geraldine Chaplin and Hugo Weaving. While it’s not the best movie on this list, it does has its charms. And yes, this was a commercial and critical flop over a decade ago, but I have to include it. Among the charms I mentioned, there’s the great make-up work, which won this movie a single Oscar.
Fun fact: The bear owned by the gypsies was actually recycled animation from The Golden Compass (2007). The Polar Bear was changed into a Grizzly for this movie.
And then there’s Wolf. A single movie from the 90’s but hey. I also had to include it. Because it’s a mix of horror and romance. And because it’s also a good movie with a fantastic cast and incredible director. Mike Nichol’s Wolf has Jack Nicholson in the titular role. He plays Will Randall in Wolf. An aging publisher who will get turned into a werewolf. Add Michelle Pfeiffer’s Laura to the story and you have a decent werewolf movie from the ’90s. It’s really good, and it’s worth mentioning here on this list. Don’t you agree?
Fun fact: Michelle Pfeiffer adopted a baby girl, became engaged and got married – all during the making of this movie.
Bonus: Teen Wolf
A teen drama series to bookend this post? Sure why not? Teen Wolf is loosely based on the 1985 movie with Michael J. Fox, but over here Tyler Posey is Scott McCall. A teenager that will turn into a werewolf. And throughout the 6 seasons, he took it upon himself to protect his town, his family and friends. All thanks to the newfound abilities to be a werewolf. Much like Buffy, the Vampire Slayer this is another TV show I discovered in the disastrous 2020. Out of pure boredom and curiosity mostly, but yeah. And I’m happy to report that I loved it, even though I sat clear from teen/YA projects. Twilight taught me that.
Fun fact: The second television spin-off of Teen Wolf (1985) after the 1980s series Teen Wolf (1986).
Are You Excited About Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood?
Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood will be out soon. We sure are excited here at IndieGala. We’re already fans of the tabletop role-playing game. And of the larger World of Darkness series as well. How about you?