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Posted Fri, September 24, 2010 12:28pm EDT

Andy Says: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Succeeds Where ‘Twilight’ & ‘True Blood’ Fail – It Actually Makes Werewolves Scary!

Sorry, Team Jacob — The Vampire Diaries wolves are cooler AND scarier than Taylor What’s-His-Name.

Tell me you didn’t get totally freaked out during the Sept. 23 episode of The Vampire Diaries when Mason Lockwood (Taylor Kinney) chained himself to a tree under the full moon and went through the most terrifyingly painful transformation I’ve ever seen. If you say it didn’t scare you, even a little bit, I’ll know you’re lying. Now compare that to the awkward naked howling transformations we saw on True Blood this season, or the super-lame CGI transformations that Jacob (Taylor Lautner) goes through in the Twilight saga — I think it’s fairly obvious which of the three vampire franchises wins this war of the wolves.

The fight between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Mason’s wolf-self was also one of the best scenes this show has ever given us. Such intensity, such emotion. I was on the edge of my bed seat the whole time.

What do YOU think? Am I right, or am I right?

If you need help deciding, here’s a clip of Jacob’s transformation from New Moon:

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And here’s a look at the wolves of True Blood. They’re cool… but not as cool as the ones on The Vampire Diaries:

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— Andy Swift