904 - WEREWOLF (1996; 1995; R; 99m)
a.k.a. ARIZONA WEREWOLF
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Plot: Ancient Indian bones and a full moon transforms guys into werewolves.
Exec: Mark Fitzgerald
Yuri / George a.k.a. Jorge Rivero (Fistfighter; TV's Centennial)
Classic Line: "Rack 'em up."
Classic Line: "They can also tell when a man is Yalloglanchie. He takes on a series of strange body habits...like sleeping like a coyote, nose to anus. The house begins to smell like coyote urine."
Trivia: Perhaps not since 424-MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE have MSTies seen such an inept, yet somehow fascinating little movie as WEREWOLF. As Kevin Murphy said to an audience in New York: "WEREWOLF is a gift from God."
So much is (delightfully) wrong with this film: incredibly bad actors noticably trying to find their marks or remember their lines; even worse dialogue; horribly staged fight scenes; building interiors mismatched with exteriors; a blue filter on the camera depicting nighttime; ear bones (!) on the werewolf skull; bad sfx make-up and claw mittens; etc. When the citizens of Flagstaff watched WEREWOLF on the big screen, they must have felt the same letdown and shame that the folks in El Paso felt when they first saw MANOS.
Alas, we only see a paunchy, painfully untalented JOE ESTEVEZ in a few scenes. He comes from a family of actors, all volatile on screen and off. Joe is the brother of Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now; Gettysburg) and uncle to both Charlie Sheen (Platoon; Major League) and Emilio Estevez (Breakfast Club; Mighty Ducks). Compared with his kin, Joe's films are at the bottom of the barrel: 1991-The Roller Blade Seven (and its sequels); 1993-L.A. Goddess; 1993-Beach Babes from Beyond; 1994-Inner Sanctum II; 1995-Blonde Heaven; 1996-Toad Warrior; and 1997-Lethal Seduction. And of course, who can forget his portrayal of the title character in 1001-SOULTAKER.
Even though little was spent in the making of WEREWOLF, its video jacket design shows more considerable investment...it has a man morphing into a werewolf on the holographic front cover, ironically making WEREWOLF one of the best visually appealing videos on the store shelves. Just goes to show that you can't judge a video by its jacket.
Last Updated: 6/7/1999
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