The Werewolf (lost horror film; 1913)

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A poster of the film.

Status: Lost

The Werewolf is a silent 1913 film directed by Henry McRae and released by Universal Studios and based on the short story "The Werewolves" (1898) by Henry Beaugrand.[1][2] It is thought to be the first feature film about a werewolf, and it is the first film in the Universal Monsters series.[3]


A short write-up in Monsters from the Movies by Thomas G. Aylesworth provides details about the film:

"The first werewolf picture, called, naturally, The Werewolf, was made in the United States in 1913. But it was actually a wolf girl film and was based upon an old Navajo legend. Watuma, an Indian girl, comes back to life one hundred years after her death to look for the ghost of the evil man who killed her boyfriend. To accomplish this, she, for some reason or other, decides to turn herself into a wolf."


No copies of the film are known to exist, as all known copies were destroyed in forgotten wardrobe fires at Universal Studios.[4]


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