Moon of the Wolf

A sheriff suspects a werewolf may be murdering townsfolk.
Creature Feature

 

United States
1972
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Lycanthrope Film
Lycanthropy: 
Werewolf
3.04
Fade to black...
5.04
3.04
5.04
4
1
2
2
Dialogue
Pace
Ambiance
This is a melodramatic TV movie that really feels like a TV movie, with all the limitations of that format, including constant dips to black meant to lead to commercial breaks. No love went into this production. It is generic. It is tasteless. The horror is crammed at the end and is taken lightly. The score is too cheerful. This is a decent film; make no mistake, but it doesn’t meet expectations.
Moon of the Wolf was based on a novel by Les Whitten, and it can’t possibly do it justice. This flick is boring, generic and lazy. Why would anyone write this? That being said, it’s better than a lot of made-for-TV crap of the decade. The best werewolf films do not include a procedural, because that’s a deliberate choice to make when you’re trying to postpone the good stuff, in this case make-up.
The police investigation is tedious. It’s a crutch. The second thing that keep us away from the monster and leads nowhere is that damned romantic subplot. Moon of the Wolf could be compared to a classic Hammer film, but with bad photography. The script is not particularly well written. The metamorphosis is so poorly handled that it creates confusion where there should be fear.
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