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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: howling at the men– er, moon

Are men dogs? Why were there all these movies about supernatural dog-men at the height of the feminist movement in the 1980s? From my review of a bunch of modern werewolf movies:

It’s not too suspicious, is it, that the every-28-days, beware-the-moon rhythm to werewolf tales is so similar to the female menstrual cycle? Are lycanthropes a mythic way for men to appropriate some female sexuality, so legendarily mysterious and arcane to the male gender? Werewolves are almost exclusively male, after all, and lycanthropy is almost exclusively tied to a ramping up of male libido. (Insert your own “Oh, you’re such an animal…” joke here.) And it seems like the last 30 years — and in particular the 1980s — were rife with werewolf movies, in a period when women were becoming more sexually independent than they’d ever been before.

review of a bunch of modern werewolf movies, posted 10.31.02

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