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Monday, April 19, 2010

History Channel: The Real Wolfman DVD Review

History Channel: The Real Wolfman DVD Review

Synopsis: In the mid 1700s, a mysterious beast viciously attacked and killed 102 villagers in the French village of Gevaudan. The victims, mostly women and children, were mauled and decapitated, their naked bodies all bearing the bite marks of a non-human creature. The killings mark the largest number of alleged werewolf attacks in history and are the basis of the Hollywood Wolfman legend. Venture deep into the mythology and folklore of werewolves with renowned cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt and veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar as they investigate this reviled creature that brutally kills when the moon is full. In their investigation, they uncover intriguing paranormal transformations, diseases that make men look and act like animals, strange but true stories of children raised by wolves and, eventually, the dark side of human nature in the horrific truth behind the Gevaudan werewolf attacks.

Review: The History Channel is where its at for documentaries.  They don't make as many as they used to, much to our dismay, but when they do make them, they're phenominal.  The recent Wolfman re-make film has sparked some renewed interest in the legend, so we're examining the latest DVD release, The Real Wolfman.

This documentary isn't so much a definitive documentary about the legend of the Wolfman, as specifically about the Beast of Gevaudan from the 18th century.   The special employs well-known cryptozoologist to investigate accounts from 1764-1767 of a man-eating animal that was said to terrorize the former providence of Gevaudan in France.  The beast was said to emit a horrendous odor and long hair and a tail.  It was responsible for over 210 attacks, including 113 deaths and 49 injuries.   98 of the victims were partially eaten!  Was this a true Wolfman?  Or was it a now extinct species.  This wonderful documentary special finds out!

This is yet another home-run from the History Channel.  Its a great special and definately something worth adding to your library.  We highly recommend it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars