I Was a Teenage Werewolf

I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Director: Gene Fowler Jr.

Cast: Gene Fowler Jr., Michael Landon, Yvonne Lime, Whit Bissell

     
 
I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a B-level cheapie that can most easily be summed up as a cross between The Wolf Man and Rebel Without a Cause. Michael Landon stars as Tony, a hot-headed teenager whose lightning-quick temper has led to social troubles and created concern from his father, his girlfriend Arlene (Yvonne Lime), and local lawman Detective

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I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a B-level cheapie that can most easily be summed up as a cross between The Wolf Man and Rebel Without a Cause. Michael Landon stars as Tony, a hot-headed teenager whose lightning-quick temper has led to social troubles and created concern from his father, his girlfriend Arlene (Yvonne Lime), and local lawman Detective Donovan (Barney Phillips). After belting his buddy Vic (Ken Miller) for no reason, Tony agrees to see Dr. Brandon (Whit Bissell), a psychologist who uses hypnosis to help his patients. In reality, Brandon is a mad scientist who has designs on regressing Tony to his most primal state using drugs and hypnosis. Not long after Tony's first session, a teen is killed by what the police believe is some kind of animal, but when Tony transforms in front of Arlene at their school, the truth comes to light: Tony is a werewolf. With the townsfolk paralyzed by fear, the police organize a manhunt, which the werewolf manages to evade. After returning to his human state, Tony heads back to the treacherous Dr. Brandon. The shrink's desire to witness Tony in his primal "werewolf" condition goes awry when the frothing Tony goes mad, leading to a violent conclusion. ~ Patrick Legare

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Although it suffers from its low-budget trappings and cheesy, dated script stylings, I Was a Teenage Werewolf is actually a rather clever analogy to what teens go through during adolescence: the physical and mental transformation from child to adult. Though filmed more effectively using comedy instead of angst, as in 1988's Teen Wolf, this film from director Gene Fowler Jr. is unintentionally amusing because of its serious nature. The snazzy teens and teetotaler adults are hilarious caricatures of 1950s life. One particularly funny scene finds the teens having a party that has dancing, screwball gags, and a horrendous musical number sung by actor Ken Miller. Young Michael Landon turns in an excellent James Dean-inspired performance as the angry young Tony. Landon's trademark thick head of hair gives a hint as to how he would wear it for TV's Little House on the Prairie when his character transforms from teen to werewolf. The special effects for the transformation are minimal and done in the same style as earlier werewolf pictures like The Wolf Man (1941).

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/1993
UPC:
0043396609068
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Landon Tony Rivers/Teenage Werewolf
Yvonne Lime Arlene
Whit Bissell Dr. Alfred Brandon
Tony Marshall Jimmy
Dawn Richard Theresa
Barney Phillips Detective Donovan
Cindy Robbins Pearl
Michael Rougas Frank
Robert Griffin Police Chief Baker
Joseph Mell Dr. Hugo Wagner
Malcolm Atterbury Charles
Eddie Marr Doyle
Vladimir Sokoloff Pepi
S. John Launer Bill
Guy Williams Chris Stanley
Dorothy Crehan Mary
Louise Fitch Miss Ferguson
Kenny Miller Vic

Technical Credits
Gene Fowler Director
Jerry Blaine Songwriter
Herman Cohen Producer
Paul Dunlap Score Composer
George A. Gittens Editor
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Ralph Thornton Screenwriter

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