Spadoni, Robert. “Old Times in Werewolf of London.” The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film. University of Texas Press, 2015, pp. 403–
“Films about men who turn into ravening wolves are ripe for an interpretive approach to the horror genre, pioneered by Robin Wood, that sees the films staging a return of the repressed, eruptions (in the case of werewolf films) of primal carnality that must be contained and eradicated before the societal status quo can be restored and reaffirmed” (Spadoni 403-4).
“Universal’s first attempt at a werewolf fi lm has not been construed as a “coming of age” story for, perhaps, a couple of reasons: its protagonist has been widely regarded as unsympathetic, and the confusions and terrors of adolescence implicitly dramatized by the film are those, specifically, of a gay man. This dawning is all the more convulsive because it is a second adolescence, and so this film depicts, simultaneously, a moving forward and a going back, with the latter sense calling to mind the genre’s relationship to the repressed and its return” (Spadoni 404).