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The film “I was a Teenage Werewolf” directed by Gene Fowler is the archetypal story of a werewolf living among us, and gives insight into the psyche of the American culture at the time. The film was released in 1957 to an American culture that had just suffered through two world wars and on the brink of another, with the Cold War. 

The werewolf is a perfect escape for the American people during this time period, because of the dehumanizing acts that the soldiers were forced to endure during these wars. It was after these wars that the concept of PTSD as a medical condition was first coined, the werewolf embodies the animalistic and uncontrollable bouts of rage that plagued many of these war veterans. 

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