Sunday, March 24, 2013

Peter Stubbe Redux; General Werewolf update

A while ago I did a post about the fairly famous German werewolf case of Peter Stubbe, from the pamphlet A true discourse Declaring the damnable life and death of one Stubbe Peeter, 1590. Recently I came across an absolutely amazing and beautiful animation of this same story that I really have to share:

It's awesome, right? The stop-motion cutout animation, the song, everything is perfect and I love it so much. Werewolves are the best spooky monster, don't you think? They're my favorite anyway. I recently read the book Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus, which speaks about the tie between rabies and the "werewolf" myth. (Although the best parts of that book deal with Louis Pasteur and modern-day cases of the disease. Still, I recommend it.)

Also I started watching the MTV show Teen Wolf (don't judge me) because it was on Netflix Instant. Ya'll -- for real -- that show is pretty good. You're probably thinking it'd be terrible, but just watch a few episodes. They get the whole monstrous-transformation-as-stand-in-for-adolescence thing down pat. It's really nicely shot, they crib from Val Lewton movies like Cat People, and -- most importantly -- it's one of the most female gaze-y things I've ever seen. If I was still in grad school I'd be breaking out the Laura Mulvey every episode.

Anyway, this has been your werewolf update I guess? I'll leave you with this:

R.I.P Peter Stubbe. The killjoys got you after all.