Out of all of the monsters from the original batch of Universal horror films, the werewolf has always been the most sympathetic for the pure reason that it is us. When a full moon rises, he exposes our inner demons that manifest themselves outward, be it of a murderous, sexual or basketball playing nature.
Three horror films were released in 1981 that centered around wolves, though only two concern themselves with werewolves. I will cover all three over the next few days. See you tonight, bring your own silver bullets and wolf bane.
Recommended supplementary material:
The Gentleman's Guide to Midnite Cinema reviews The Howling and The Howling II