Teen Wolf (1985)


There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.” – Coach Finstock

Number of Times Seen – A few times (Cable in the 80’s and 6 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A teenager goes through some very unexpected changes when he finds out that he is part of a family of werewolves.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing a few times on cable as a kid, but didn’t remember much about whether it was any good.

Michael J. Fox is a great actor, but he will always be remembered as Marty McFly and any other roles he takes on will ultimately be compared to that iconic one that he created.

This is a movie that came out a few months before his transportation to 1955.

He seems very miscast in this role and the way that he plays the character doesn’t work at all.

In fact, in some ways it even detracts from things because it doesn’t come across as being plausible enough.

The way that this film is presented is quite silly and despite a few fun moments along the way, it doesn’t work well enough.

The special effects and makeup needed for such a film are done quite poorly and in some scenes seem even laughable instead of realistic like they should.

The premise is quite an intriguing one yet they never seem to be able to find the right tone in order to make something like this even more entertaining.

The music is the best part of this film and they are able to enhance a few key scenes to a point where they are fun to watch but overall, this film never manages to keep things enjoyable enough to care about.

Bottom Line – Really silly film that has some fun moments along the way. Fox is miscast in the main role and doesn’t manage to make his character and his reactions seem plausible enough. The special effects and makeup are poorly done and in some cases even laughable. The idea is intriguing yet this film fails to make it all seem entertaining enough. The music helps make certain scenes so much more fun to watch, but overall, this film is a complete dud.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael J. Fox disliked this film so much that he refused to return for the sequel. In an interview at the time, while Back to the Future (1985) was in production, he lamented, “Steven Spielberg’s down the street making great movies and I’m playing a werewolf.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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