November 30, 2022
WEREWOLVES IN POP CULTURE: THE EARLIEST SURVIVING WEREWOLF FILM

WEREWOLVES IN POP CULTURE: THE EARLIEST SURVIVING WEREWOLF FILM

Did you know the earliest surviving werewolf film was a 1925 silent film directed by George Chesbro and cinematography by Lesley Selander. It was entitled Wolfblood: A Tale of the Forest. This werewolf age old classic was once believed to be the first werewolf film ever in existence. But it is in fact not true. ( I will talk about the first werewolf film in a future  post.)

This tale  that involves dreams about  a pack of  phantom wolves and  two rivaling lumberjack companies which has turned  bloody. Tells the tale of a lumberjack , the main protagonist of the story who falls down ill due to the rivalry and needs a blood transfusion. But for some reason no one will volunteer so the doctor uses wolf blood on the lumberjack.

However this film has faced plenty of criticism preferably recent in 2016. The critic says that the film’s pace was not only sluggish but disappointing because there  was no actual wolf transformation that took place. Therefore, it was crude even for its time.

I don’t know about that. Maybe the critic didn’t like action like western films, as both the director and Cinematographer of this film Lesley Selander and George Chesbro, were both widely known mostly for thier western films. But you can take a look for yourself and be the judge as the film is in the public domain.

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