As perhaps you have heard by now Ryan Gosling has been cast in the lead of a new Wolf Man movie -- or is it Wolfman, one word? Either way this is meant to be part of Universal's momentarily stalled reboot of their Monsters franchise, which got good and goosed with Elizabeth Moss' terrific Invisible Man flick earlier this year. Anyway here's the thing, I'm not really an expert on werewolf movies. There are several I enjoy, sure -- the original 1941 Wolf Man, An American Werewolf in London, Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps all pop right to mind -- but for some reason I never retain much memory of them. Like I know I've seen The Howling more than once but who the hell ever remembers a frame of what happens in it? It's one of those movies that I go into it every time asking myself if I've even see it and then I watch it and I remember oh it's fine, whatever. Hey Dee Wallace!
I mention The Howling purposefully there because that's all my self-defense presage to what might be a dumb-ass question -- do blond people make blond werewolves? When I think of Werewolf Movies I think of Brunette Actors -- Michael J. Fox, David Naughton, Katharine Isabelle. It is, to my mind, more of a dark-haired goth genre. Ryan Gosling is a lot of things but Goth ain't one of them. It's not that I'm not open-minded about this -- especially if they hire a director as proficient as Leigh Whannell. Although last time they hired the great Mark Romanek and proceeded to fuck it all up, so. I just have a hard time picturing a Golden Retriever Swedish Werewolf, is all. Anybody else?