Folklore and pop culture has codified the steps of how you turn into a werewolf, and it's not pretty. While the end result might be cool, the steps of turning into a werewolf are all pretty painful for your human form to handle. There is usually a lot of screaming, snapping, stretching, and howling involved.
The most common version of a werewolf is a cross between a man and a wolf, usually depicted as a wolf-like creature capable of walking upright on two legs. However, in other variants, the transformation process turns a man into a wolf completely, and he retains no human features or mannerisms whatsoever.
Plenty of movies, television shows, and comics have demonstrated slight variations to the traditional werewolf transformation process, adding their spin on what happens when you turn into a werewolf, but the key steps tend to stay the same. This list walks you through the process of turning into a werewolf step by step in all its gruesome glory.
Hair Sprouts All Over Your BodyPhoto: An American Werewolf in London / Universal Pictures
Your Fingernails Grow Into ClawsPhoto: Hemlock Grove / Netflix
Your Eyes Turn YellowPhoto: Epic
Your Bones Snap Into New PositionsPhoto: Hemlock Grove / Netflix
Your Skin Stretches And Tightens Over The New FormPhoto: The Company of Wolves / Cannon Films
Your Ears Become PointedPhoto: Underworld / Screen Gems