Let us begin with what many people believe is the first werewolf film (or, more appropriately, lycanthrope film). 1925's Wolf Blood tells the morbid tale of a logging camp foreman that, after an 'injury' is transfused with the blood of a wolf. This, of course, makes him believe that he is turning into a wolf. The film is directed by and starring George Chesboro (who went on to co-star in the 1950s Lone Ranger series as Doc). The script was written based off of a story by Bennett Cohen (who began his screenwriting career in 1915 and finished in 1953) and Cliff Hill.
By today's modern standards these films are down right cheesy and maybe a little boring... but don't rely on the standards of today's Hollywood to gauge these masterpieces. After all, Michael Bay is a multi-millionaire and he couldn't hold George Chesboro's jock as a filmmaker.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy, in its entirety, the original lycanthropic thriller. Without Wolf Blood would we have Lon Chaney, Jr.'s iconic turn in The Wolf Man or John Landis' An American Werewolf in London or our personal favorite, The Howling?