Sure, we all love a good werewolf film; but why should wolves have all the fun? Besides, let’s face it, when it comes to the beasts within—it’s a jungle in there…

So join us as we take a look at a few of the other rampaging alter-egos hidden behind the unconvincing façade of Homo sapiens—

1000 Misspent Hours and Counting The White Reindeer Tsalkku-Nilla’s spell is intended for use on Muggles only. If the recipient already has magic in her blood, it’s like mixing opioids with benzodiazepines. But as we’ve already established, Pirita never knew that her real mother was a witch, so she’s unable to pass that vital piece of information along to the shaman. And when Tsalkku-Nilla’s share of the conjuring goes awry, he’s too cowed by the presence of someone whose untapped magical power is greater than his own to warn her against performing the rituals to complete the spell. The result is that Pirita develops a different form of irresistibility than the one she wanted. On nights of the full moon, she henceforth transforms into a white reindeer, the quarry most coveted by the hunters among her people. But whenever she is caught in reindeer form, she transforms again into a fanged and feral version of her human guise, and drains the blood of the man who brought her to bay.
And You Call Yourself A Scientist! The Reptile (1966) The Reptile ultimately fails at the same level—wasting its potential by putting its emphasis in the wrong place. The critical misstep was the decision to structure the film as a mystery—even though the advertising art makes what sort of story it is blatantly clear, and though the viewer is shown what is going on within the first few minutes. This in turn leads to seemingly endless scenes of people wandering about on the moors, or – invited to do so or otherwise – through the Franklyns’ cavernous house, as they “investigate” what the viewer already knows full well. The end result is a frustrating film that, after twiddling its thumbs for far too long, ends up rushing where it should have lingered, and which never gives the audience enough of what it wants.
Braineater Qarqacha, el demonio del incesto (2002) The villagers are convinced that these frightened animals are not llamas at all, but humans in llama form. Whenever someone commits incest, they are cursed to become demons, and one of the forms the demon takes is that of a llama. It sounds completely absurd to Nilo, Ivón and Sebastián, but just because it’s absurd doesn’t mean it’s not true: in the morning, the villagers return to the barn where the pair of tied-up llamas were thrown, and find that there are two naked human beings tied up there instead.
Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension
Teleport City Kuroneko A crumbling ruin. A mist-shrouded forest. A lone samurai making his way home late at night meets a seemingly defenseless young woman. So begins the horror of Kaneto Shindô’s tale of ghosts, vengeance, and the wrongs visited upon women by entitled men. Kuroneko is a film that feels older than it is. Shot in 1968, five years after Shindo’s more famous horror movie OnibabaKuronekohearkens back to the more humanistic period pieces and sword-fighting films of the 1950s. Kuroneko is also one of my favorite films. And not just because it has cat demon ladies in it. Though, really, cat demon ladies should be an enormous draw for anyone.
The Unknown Movies The Bat People (1974) The Bat People lacks that certain spark to transform ineptness into hilarity. The missteps the movie makes simply come across as bad and/or misguided decisions, nothing more or less. This includes the movie’s stabs at horror. When it comes to creature effects, the movie cheapens out. Although the makeup effects are provided by a pre-fame Stan Winston, this movie isn’t a good showcase for his talents. Until near the end of the movie, all we get to see of the character of John when he has transformed into the “batman” are a few close-up shots of his hairy and webbed hand. And when we finally get to see a full-on shot of a transformed John, director Jerry Jameson not only chooses this moment to yet be another in near complete darkness, he has John run around so frantically that you don’t get a clear idea of what he looks like.