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From Lon Chaney’s Hairy Mask to Twilight’s CGI Panda Dogs: The Evolution of the Pop-Culture Werewolf

Vulture looks back on 75 years of movie and TV lycanthropy.

With Taylor Lautner set to re-howl in Twilight: Eclipse on Wednesday, and the shirtless, pantsless werewolf clan rampaging on this season's True Blood, it's been a big year for handsome men who turn into wolves. (Also, for strange high-schoolers.) But Jacob Black and Alcide didn't just emerge fully formed from the minds of Twilight and True Blood creators — their rugged yet fluffy wolf selves are products of decades of cinematic werewolf development. And so, to examine how we got from Lon Chaney Jr. in bear claws to Jack Nicholson in pointy teeth to the lithe, sexy CGI wolves of today, Vulture looks back on 75 years of movie and TV lycanthropy.

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