Do you believe in ghosts and demons? What about Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? While I think most hardcore horror fans would probably answer “no” to both of those questions, a sizeable minority would disagree. But when we turn to things like vampires and werewolves, a pretty clear consensus emerges. Nobody really believes in those things anymore…right?
Well, not quite. There are people out there who really believe in werewolves, and the new documentary American Werewolves, which just put out a trailer, aims to tell their stories. Unlike previous documentaries on this subject, American Werewolves doesn’t focus on “experts” like investigators, authors, and folklorists. Instead, it lets eyewitnesses speak for themselves, and it even showcases one witness who claims to have uncovered the gruesome remains of a werewolf victim.
Now, I have to be honest. I personally don’t believe in werewolves, but I like to keep an open mind. To quote Shakespeare, I truly believe that “there are more things in heaven and earth” than we currently know, so I love learning about this kind of stuff. The evidence for cryptids is often pretty intriguing, so even though I don’t think they’re real, I think there’s a good chance that people who do believe in them are in fact onto something. Granted, I don’t know what that “something” could be, but that’s what makes this whole subject so interesting.
And it’s also why the trailer for American Werewolves caught my eye. While I’m familiar with a lot of stories about evil spirits and more famous cryptids like Bigfoot, I don’t know much about real-life werewolf lore, so I’m really excited to find out more about it from the people who claim to have encountered these creatures. Sure, I could be cynical and say they’re all tricksters and con artists, but I like to have a bit more faith in people than that. I don’t think they’re all lying, and the prospect that they might’ve really encountered a monster completely unknown to science intrigues the hell out of me.
American Werewolves hits VOD on July 5.