Because this is still classics week, and I did not want to use all of the normal selections for something like this, I am foregoing any of the Universal Wolf Man movies (but you should watch them). Instead, I am going with a film that has left a major mark on pop culture, was made to be little more than drive-in fodder, and launched the career of Michael Landon (Bonanza, Highway to Heaven, Little House on the Prairie). Some of you will have already guessed, but for those of you who haven’t, today’s film is I Was a Teenage Werewolf.
This film did some interesting things with the concept of the werewolf. In this one, a young teenager does not get bitten by an already existing werewolf. Instead, we have a teenager with anger issues who eventually goes to see a psychiatrist. Using regression therapy and an experimental serum, the doctor is able to transform his patient into the aforementioned werewolf of the title. A fun film that has been parodied many times over, when references to 50’s horror come up, I Was a Teenage Werewolf is well worth a viewing.
Unfortunately, I could not find this film on Amazon, but did find a copy here partnered with I Was a Teenage Frankenstein. Below is the official synopsis for the film.
Synopsis: A troubled teenager seeks help through hypnotherapy, but his evil doctor uses him for regression experiments that transform him into a rampaging werewolf. Stars Michael Landon in the movie that grossed ten times what it cost to make and became an instant drive-in classic.