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Iwasateenagewerewolf

"I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957) film poster

The work of science has always been a subject constantly misunderstood and under criticism. A major part of this is the continual debate on how far a scientist should be able to go to obtain results. Due to the continued appearance of this question many books, films, and other types of media find ways to comment on the current situation. A clear example of this is the presentation of Dr. Brandon in “I Was a Teenage Werewolf”.

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Dr. Brandon(left) and Tony Rivers(right) from "I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Before even seeing Dr. Brandon on screen a clear opinion of him is created. Tony is very clearly reluctant to go see him as he insinuates that only crazy people go to see psychiatrists (“I Was a Teenage Werewolf” 1957). This portrays the work of Dr. Brandon and other scientists as abnormal and against the natural flow of things suggesting that it’s not an honorable line of work. During the first encounter with Dr. Brandon we get a clear depiction of him as mistrustful and lacking moral values as he lies to Tony and willingly sacrifices Tony’s life for the sake of science (“I Was a Teenage Werewolf” 1957). The scientist in this film is unmistakably held in a negative light and made to seem almost more monstrous than the werewolf present in the film. All the horrific occurrences within the film can be attributed to Dr. Brandon’s choice to make Tony a werewolf thereby serving as a warning to those who wish to search for answers to questions that should remain unanswered. Drawing from Jeffery Cohen’s article “Monster Culture: Seven Theses” the clear message from this film is, “curiosity is more often punished than rewarded [and] that one is better off safely contained within one’s own domestic sphere (Cohen 12).” Dr. Brandon like many other scientists in novels and films, such as “Frankenstein” and “Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde”, is used to send a message about the limitations on human knowledge and boundaries that that should not be crossed as he and many others are destroyed by his creation.

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