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The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)





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This adventurous horror movie chronicles the exploits of a boy whose father is changed into a wolfman. The trouble begins after the newly separated father and his son are attacked by a werewolf on a camping trip. Once the wife figures out what happened, she divorces him. The boy tries to explain it to the authorities, but they disbelieve him at first. Eventually they do believe, and the werewolf is finally slain.
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Kerwin Mathews
as Robert Bridgestone
Elaine Devry
as Sandy Bridgestone
Scott Sealey
as Richie Bridgestone
Robert J. Wilke
as The Sheriff
Bob Wilke
as Sheriff
Jack Lucas
as Harry
Bob Homel
as Brother Christopher
George Gaynes
as Dr. Marserosian
Harold Goodwin
as Mr. Duncan
Dave Cass
as Deputy
Eric Gordon
as Jesus Freak
Paul Baxley
as Werewolf
Tim Haldeman
as First Guard
John Logan
as Second Guard
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The risible werewolf makeup sinks this picture almost from the start, with some daft plotting and Scott Sealy's irksome emoting further sealing the deal.

Full Review… | July 24, 2016
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You know, I'd always naturally assumed this was a TV-movie. I'd never seen it before last night, mind you, but the plot, cast, PG rating and time period just screamed "made for television" to me. Even after seeing it, albeit in a truncated, "American Movie Classics" form, I'm still kind of wondering to myslef, "Are you SURE this isn't a TV movie?" Partially it's because the plot of the film is summed up in the title to such a tee that there's almost no reason to follow the film with more than half an ear open. A young boy (Scott Sealey, who doesn't have any other credits outside an episode of "Emergency!"... watch the film and find out why!) and his father (B-movie vet Kerwin Matthews) are attacked by a hairy beast in the middle of the forest. Dad kills him, but attacks keep happening. The boy is convinced there's a werewolf running around, but nobody believes him because he's been a bit of a compulsive liar ever since his parents got a divorce. The kid figures out that his father's been bitten and has turned into a fuzzy killer, and it's up to him to convince his mother, the local sheriff, his psychiatrist (George Gaynes!) or possibly even a group of religious hippies that they're all in terrible danger. So it's basically THE WINDOW or CLOAK AND DAGGER (the Henry Thomas one), but with a werewolf. Nothing particularly of interest there, and just enough plot to fill a tiny blurb in TV Guide. There's no gore, mediocre make-up that seems to be at least as old as I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF's, unexceptional TV-movie level acting and a lead character that's more annoying than compelling. And yet, it's got it's 70's, TV-movie-esque charms. It's almost goofy enough to be fun, especially the scenes with the hippies, who seem terribly out of place in an otherwise standard tale of rural horror. The best moment comes when the sheriff confronts them for, well, being hippies, I guess, prompting the great rant, "You call us freaks? Well, we're not freak freaks! We're freaked out! Freaked out on God, man!" That moment almost made the film worth watching. And none of the film is really [i]awful[/i], just silly, and moments are silly enough to be entertaining. If you're desperate for a 70's TV-movie-but-not-a-TV-movie fix, you could do worse. (Like 1979's WOLFMAN. Ugh.) Unfortunately, the film's not available on DVD or VHS, so the only place you can see it is on AMC, where it's riddled with commercials and station logos, anxiously letting you know that STAR TREK IV will be showing in only 17 hours. So it's really not worth bothering.

Paul Freitag
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