The Werewolf

The Werewolf (1913) is a silent film short that is considered the first werewolf film. It was directed by Henry MacRae, produced by Bison Film Company, and released by Universal Film Manufacturing Company. The script is by Ruth Ann Baldwin, based on the short story "The Werewolves" (1898) by Henry Beaugrand. It is now considered a lost film, all prints supposedly having been destroyed in a 1924 fire at Universal Studios.


Kee-On-Ee, a Navajo woman, becomes a witch after erroneously coming to believe that her husband has abandoned her. She teaches the same skills to her daughter Watuma, who transforms into a wolf in order to carry out vengeance against the invading white settlers. Then, 100 years after Watuma's death, she returns from the dead to kill again.