I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
In spite of its near-parodistic title, I Was a Teenage Werewolf is one of the best low-budget frightfests of the 1950s, expertly blending a standard teen-angst plotline with sci-fi melodrama. As the whole world knows by now, Michael Landon essays the title character, a mixed-up high schooler named Tony. Ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment, Tony finds himself in the hands of Dr. Brandon (Whit Bissell), who unbeknownst to everyone else is pursuing his own agenda. Convincing that mankind can be saved from atomic radiation by being injected with the blood of wolves (it makes more sense on screen), Brandon uses Tony as an unwitting guinea pig. Before long, our hero finds himself periodically changing into a deadly werewolf. A few murderous rampages later, Tony turns on the duplicitious Dr. Brandon before being "put to sleep" himself. The film's famous point-of-view shot, wherein a girl hanging upside-down from the school gym's parallel bars suddenly sees the lycanthropic Tony, has since entered the realm of movie folklore. Some enterprising theatre managers double-billed I Was a Teenage Werewolf with the decidedly inferior I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. … More
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Critic Reviews for I Was a Teenage Werewolf
In 1957, raw novelty was enough to boost the film to unheard-of financial success, but novelty is one thing very much not on the film's side any more.
Sort of fun campy drive-in flick.
Better title than movie
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