30 July 2015

"MOON OF THE WOLF" (Chilling 20 Movies Pack, #14)

MOON OF THE WOLF

German Title:
Die Stunde des Wolfs

USA, 1972
Director: Daniel Petrie

5/10









"Moon of the Wolf" was one of the very horror-related films by Canadian director Daniel Petrie, a prolific filmmaker who was involved in more than 90 films (mostly made-for-TV stuff, but he also did theatrical films like "Cocoon: The Return" or the Oscar-nominated "Resurrection") and TV series between 1949 and 2001. This 1972 ABC Movie of the Week (based on Leslie H. Whitten's novel of the same name) takes place in a small Louisiana Bayou town where a werewolf roams around and goes on a killing spree.

It's everything you'd expect from a made-for-TV 70s werewolf flick. It's well-made and rather entertaining, but it's extremely bloodless, sparse in action and doesn't offer anything special or memorable. The kills are all off-screen, the supposed-to-be-tense scenes aren't really spectacular and the werewolf itself looks quite unscary, though I've obviously seen much worse-looking wolves before.


The cast is solid and nearly all of the actors deliver watchable, believable performances, especially David "Dr. Kimble" Janssen as cool Sheriff, the great Bradford Dillman ("Compulsion", "Piranha"), the wonderful Barbara Rush ("It Came From Outer Space") and ex-major league Baseball player John Beradino. Direction is okay, music and photography are good, but... well, there's just nothing in this 75 minute feature that stands out in any kinda way.

Hardcore Lycanthropy-fans might get a kick out of it. Everyone else will probably be as impressed as me.



4 comments:

  1. Yeah, it's not much these days. Back when they first aired, though - as a tiny kid - scary as crap!

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    1. Yeah, there are obviously many, many creepier were-flicks out there, but this one's still watchable.

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  2. GOOD GOD! That man's nose is frostbitten- oh wait, that's a werewolf snout...

    wow, really?

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