The following recommendations represent the best 15% of 1613 horror movie reviews. Movies are classified according to their genres, subgenres, moods and antagonists. They are sorted according to the sum of various ratings: stars, story, creativity, acting, quality and rewatchability.
It won't bite!
Teen Wolf is an eccentric coming of age light comedy. It’s exactly what the name implies, with emphasis on the “Teen”. You could draw many metaphors to teenage years; transformation, bullying and insecurity, namely. The movie is technically flawed but still charming because it has a fun vibe and covers itself in cheese. It is an accessible perspective on the werewolf meant for family viewing.
Michael J. Fox makes the show. He is the quintessential teenager of its era and fits the part. The mythological infectious werewolf bite is excluded from this 80’s interpretation of lycanthropy, blaming DNA for it; making it sound "natural", really, and setting up an underlying Puberty 101 metaphor. By the presence of its main protagonist, it is slightly oriented towards boys.
The metamorphosis sequences feel neglected. Clearly, the production has limits. Because this is a feel-good movie, the stakes aren't high and it gets away with cheap tricks. Teen Wolf is cheerful, colorful, entertaining and aimed at a young audience who minds about school life and enjoys sports. It is also one of their few gateways to horror because this is where it takes its inspiration.