I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)




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I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a B-level cheapie that can most easily be summed up as a cross between The Wolf Man and Rebel Without a Cause. Michael Landon stars as Tony, a hot-headed teenager whose lightning-quick temper has led to social troubles and created concern from his father, his girlfriend Arlene (Yvonne Lime), and local lawman Detective Donovan (Barney Phillips). After belting his buddy Vic (Ken Miller) for no reason, Tony agrees to see Dr. Brandon (Whit Bissell), a psychologist who uses hypnosis to help his patients. In reality, Brandon is a mad scientist who has designs on regressing Tony to his most primal state using drugs and hypnosis. Not long after Tony's first session, a teen is killed by what the police believe is some kind of animal, but when Tony transforms in front of Arlene at their school, the truth comes to light: Tony is a werewolf. With the townsfolk paralyzed by fear, the police organize a manhunt, which the werewolf manages to evade. After returning to his human state, Tony heads back to the treacherous Dr. Brandon. The shrink's desire to witness Tony in his primal "werewolf" condition goes awry when the frothing Tony goes mad, leading to a violent conclusion.
Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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American International Pictures


Michael Landon
as Tony Rivers
Yvonne Lime
as Arlene Logan
Whit Bissell
as Dr. Alfred Brandon
Dawn Richard
as Theresa
Barney Phillips
as Detective Donovan
Robert Griffin
as Police Chief Baker
Joseph Mell
as Dr. Hugo Wagner
Eddie Marr
as Doyle
Louise Lewis
as Miss Ferguson
Guy Williams
as Chris Stanley
Louise Fitch
as Miss Ferguson
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Critic Reviews for I Was a Teenage Werewolf

All Critics (10)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A great title but a lousy movie.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

Dated 1950s drive-in shocker has metaphorical bite.

Full Review… | February 13, 2009
Common Sense Media

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June 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Michael Landon wasn't known for his great big screen acting ability, and you can see why here, with his less than stellar impersonation of James Dean - but when it came to television, he was one of a kind.

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

This movie was just hilarious. Bad acting, Halloween costume quality makeup and an absolutely ludicrous plot. Watch it for sheer camp value.

Charlie Larson
Charlie Larson

Weirdly enough, this one's actually MORE entertaining before the kid turns into a werewolf. Michael Landon is great as a troubled youth; too bad it gets so boring once he turns into a troubled youth WEREWOLF.

Jason Coffman
Jason Coffman

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