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I Was a Teenage Werewolf

USA 1957
produced by
Herman Cohen, Samuel Z. Arkoff, James H. Nicholson for Sunset Productions, AIP
directed by Gene Fowler jr
starring Michael Landon, Yvonne Lime (= Yvonne Fedderson), Whit Bissell, Tony Marshall, Dawn Richard, Barney Phillips, Ken Miller, Cindy Robbins (= Cynthia Chenault), Michael Rougas, Robert Griffin, Joseph Mell, Malcolm Atterbury, Eddie Marr, Vladimir Sokoloff, Louise Lewis, S.John Launer, Guy Williams, Dorothy Crehan
written by Ralph Thornton (= Herman Cohen, Aben Kandel), music by Paul Dunlap

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Teen Tony (Michael Landon) has problems adjusting and thus always gets into trouble, so much so that well-meaning cop Donovan (Barney Phillips) tells him to go see the local shrink Doc Brandon (Whit Bissell), something Tony refuses to do of course ... until he (accidently) hits his girlfriend (Yvonne Lime) when he blows his top once more.

The thing neither Tony nor anybody else knows about Doc Brandon is actually a mad scientist working on a way to regress humankind to a more primitive state in order to save it, and in Tony he has found the perfect subject, turning him into a werewolf under hypnosis.

Soon, one of Tony's friends is found dead, killed by a wild animal, though there aren't any in the area, but nobopdy suspects Tony of course. When he the next day in school spontaneously turns into a werewolf and kills a pretty gymnast (Dawn Richard), several people see him fleeing the scene, and though his face is that of a werewolf, he is identified by his outfit.

Werewolf Tony is chased like an animal (which he actually is), but he manages to outsmart his pursuers and (as human) make his way to Doc Brandon, who he thinks is the only one who can help him. Doc Brandon though thinks it's a good idea to hypnotize him again and regress him to werewolf-state ... something the good doctor hasn't totally thought through, because as soon as Tony is in his werewolf state, he kills Brandon, only then he is shot by a couple of cops who have finally caught up with him.

 

In a way, I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a seminal fifties drive-in flick: There was hardly any other film that managed to marry teenage alienation (seen through the eyes of the younger generation) to the sciencde fiction/horror genre quite as successfully, which includes making a point that the problems are mostly caused by the grown-ups - and in that respect, the film perfectly related to its target audience.

That said though, I Was a Teenage Werewolf is not exactly a very good film, it's full of (teen)clichés, it's filmed in a very impersonal style, its script is pretty stupid from start to finish, its (too) low budget is often painfully obvious, and it never manages to build up any real tension and suspense, up to the underwhelming finale.

Having said that, fans of fifities drive-in cinema will probably still love it, despite or maybe even because of its shortcomings.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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