A quadruped is the best choice because part of the wonder of becoming a werewolf is the new experience of being on all fours. Plus the extra stability of a werewolf on all fours is even more terrifying because it leaps up at you, you can't get away. A biped werewolf that is occasionally quadruped or a pure biped is more unstable, more clumsy, you can push it over etc.
Or to put it another way, quadruped werewolves are faster, more agile and scarier. Would you rather have a lumbering werewolf like out of 'Dog Soldiers' after you or the AWIL werewolf?
Sticking to the imaginary movie
ASH ( American Serpent in Hooterville )
I'd avoid a fully upright bipedal position as thats too human
Perhaps arms and legs splayed out to the sides
advancing to arms and legs directly under the
body graduating up to a bipedal gait with the body
hunched over 45 degrees
I suppose if your're running about on your tippy toes you'd need
some means to take the full body weight off the hind feet such as a
big tail or perhaps run very fast so full ground contact is kept to a
Hooterville wise farming might have some bearing
Old tractors were slow heavy things pre WW2
weight x speed =omentum
after WW2 the tractor designers played with that equation
very fast and light
same momentum,but a much lighter and faster machine
most modern tractors run on the big horsepower,light body,high speed
So a dinosaur could be called a WD6 6000 lbs chugging at 2 mph
while a Belarus 5100 might be a fast wolf at 4000 bs clipping at 5 mph
Of course that means a WD6 plodding along at 2mph that can suddenly
charge along at 8mph would be the really dangerous and deceptive dinosaur
The quadruped is good because, well, it's more wolf-like. The transformation is further from human, so the creature is likely more beastial, less intelligent. It would be faster and more savage than a bipedal werewolf, and could probably be evaded by getting behind a stout door or climbing a high enough tree.
The bipedal werewolf, on the other hand, is more human. This would emphasize the supernatural nature of the beast - people would be very unlikely to mistake it for a regular wolf grown large if it's walking around on two legs. So people in town would be far more likely to realize something screwy was in their midst, wich can make for some interesting plot points but makes the "Stupid Populace Dismissing the Shenanegans Going On Under Their Noses" plot point less likely. A bipedal werewolf, being more humanlike, also implies a more intelligent creature, so if they're after a non-slasher type of flick it'd be a lot more plausible. Wolves can't strategize, or talk, but humans can, so a werewolf that remains part human would more plausibly do these things than a quadrupedal one. On the other hand, if it IS a slasher-type gorefest, then a werewolf that can strategize and talk from the shadows to lure its prey into alleys might be an interesting twist. It'd also be a lot harder to get away from, as it could open doors or use the nearby fire extinguisher to batter it down.
Personally, I'd like to see more bipedal weres, because of the intelligence it implies. Even recent movies like Underworld, which had humanoid werewolves, had them acting like bloodthirsty beasts. A werewolf that can strategize and plan his attack and defense would be a nice twist, at least to moviedom, and I feel a humanoid were more easily accomodates that. But a quadrupedal one is fine, too, if done right.
kangaroos for example use their tail as a 3rd leg when they aren't hopping about
O also has possibilities
Werewolves on horseback
Aging werewolves in power scooters
or if you go with the spirit of ' Devour"
cannabalistic mobile alien pods that hunt down a victim.gobble
up their lower extremities as the screaming victims lower part
is injected with a retrovirus and pumped back into the upper
body,hence transforming the rest of the human into a bigger
wolf thing with a bigger head,bigger arms and bigger torso
because of the added mass from the now non existence legs and hips
A sort of Dr Who Dalek werewolf
I do know this, the design will not be a sculpted head of a werewolf in pre/snarl.. like underworld and many other werewolf flicks.. Wolves don't HAVE to be bloodthirsty all the time, and I think its more eerie if a werewolf were to look at you from across the streeet with a blank expression. not knowing what its thinking, as opposed to seeing it always snarling, and knowing damn well you're on the menu. I would equivocatte that to nature, see a pack of wolves.. are they snarling? are they just looking at yoU? are they running around in circles chasing their tails..
I think wolf packs have a social structure, which denotes a range of emotions.. fear, anger, base instinctual hunger, and everything. I want to push them to show those things if I can..
Now, it can be argued that this is unrealistic, that such a creature would be unstable, and this is true. However, with every werewolf film you have to throw out realism, as a werewolf simply isn't biologically possible.
I'll have to reiterate something else previous people have pointed out, a bipedal wolf does indeed emphasize intelligence, which honestly should be a werewolf's strongest attribute.
Any large predator can kill a person, and indeed it the result of being mauled by a tiger would make most peoples stomach turn. However, animals aren’t monsters, animals do things out of instinct, or out of a need for food, however, humans, with their grand reasoning capacity, have killed for far more trivial matters, such as jealousy, greed, lust, and even money, and with their greater intelligence they’ve learned how to kill people in ways far more horrific then any animal could.
Intelligence is a weapon far greater then any set of claws, so in my mind, this is what should be emphasized.
Of course, intelligence, plus brute strength and speed, is even worse, which is why having the ability to shift into a quadrupedal stance is important. A werewolf is both an animal and a man; they are brute strength and intelligence. So it makes sense for them to be able to utilize stances that emphasize each aspect of their character.
As for specifics I think that the special effects crew need to look at 'AWIL' and the first 'Howling', they need to beware of relying on CGI because it often looks phonier than puppetry. The transformation should literally look like a creature within the human is fighting its way violently out of the human frame, asserting control. The transformation could even perhaps begin in a small way during the day before the rise of the moon and then gather pace as the transformation takes hold. One of the best thing about Cronenbergs 'Fly' was the way in which small changes took place and then gathered speed. The bit where Brundle first wonders what is happening to him is classic as is the scene where he is making love to Davis and we see what he does not, that minute hairs are growing out of his scar tissue.... that was atmospheric.
Don't cheat the fans is my other piece of advice. (I know you won't but 'Underworld' pissed me off.) The bit of cgi in 'Underworld' was really neat where we saw inside the changing werewolfs body the moving organs and the expanding ribs, then the transformation was stopped and I wanted to throw rocks at the screen, what a letdown.
Plus, I think a transformation scene should show the human body in some pain and fighting the transformation, the sounds of the body contorting, skin tightening and bones shifting all add a lot to atmosphere. As does a decent soundtrack, for my money, 'The Howling' got it spot on, a rhythmic grinding that won't be denied... etc etc.
If money is an issue for SFX you can always creatively use shadow like 'The Howling'.
Any use? I bet you've said half these already.
Besides, in my opinion, there really hasn't been any werewolf film that's really lived up to the potential of the genre. So it doesn't really make sense to borrow more then you have to.
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why would we hurt you its your opinion we all have or own opinions, look they did not hurt me becouse im Fan of Underworld Lycan and most members here dislike them.
you cannot be human or Werewolf or plain wolf you are werewolf in all three forms no matter how you look. Personaly i have no issues with three form werewolf, but i prefer two form version. Your idea is too complex in my opinion.
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I mean sure, somewhere along the continuum between purely human and purely wolf forms, there may be forms that are either more comfortable and practical to linger at, or arrived at because of inherent limitation of the transformation "machinery" for whatever reason, which could become the "classical" forms. And let's not forget, many of the "forms" shown in movies are that way because of time and cost limitations weighed against the desire to make something they think looks cool. For example, the Underworld werewolves usually have the two forms, and the occasional "special" form of a special character, such as William being a white werewolf along with his direct (bitten) descendants with a more bestial body type than the regular lycans. But who is to say the Underworld werewolf form couldn't be pushed more and more toward a pure wolf form, or exist, willfully or otherwise, at mid way points along the transformation path, since the transformation machinery is there to do so (Lucien biting Michael in the elevator in Undwerworld 1 for example, Lucien was only slightly transformed to very practical effect from the character's point of view. I mean sure, it was just the director giving the fans an early teaser, but it still worked in and of itself).
Personally it's an idea I like, and am in favor of as I think it has the potential to extend the story telling possibilities, if not afford other interesting forms to gawk at.
As to this thread? I think we definitely need to see a quadruped, but as I've already alluded to, with the ability to transform, you get all manner of intermediate forms for free. It's just a matter of choosing which ones you want to showcase in your story.
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Also sort of nifty in that multiple forms makes the werewolf much more versatile.