Bad Moon: A Real Dog
a video review by Joe Parra
Rating: 1.5 out of 4
Werewolves may be temporarily off the big screen; but these beasts
are prowling once again in four recent video releases: The Werewolf
of Fever Swamp, Huntress, Bad Moon, and Werewolf.
Unfortunately, only Fever Swamp shows some originality - the others show banality. Coincidentally, Fever Swamp is the only affordable one ($9.95
- $14.95 price range) of the four!
Bad Moon couldnít have been better named if it tried. I had high
hopes for this bow-wow, what with: (1) all the hype and interesting photos
in Fangoria; (2) this being the first werewolf film from Warner
Brothers; and, most of all, (3) the sight of Michael Paré nude as
the wolfman in question! Oh well, the best laid plans, etc. The make-up
is fantastic, but thatís about it. The story tells us of a naturalist who
is gorily turned into a beastie while unearthing some South American Indian
digs. He visits his sister and nephew, hoping to come to grips with his
predicament; however, the longer the curse is on him, the less and less
rational he becomes - until only evil remains. Thwarting the werewolf at
every turn is the family dog, Thor. The doggie senses that Uncle is something
more than human; and the two engage in contests of will. This premise (which
proved interesting in Thor, the novel from which this screenplay
is penned) becomes boring interludes dividing time between Paréís
bouts of lycanthropy. Do yourself a favor if you rent this howler and fast
forward to the end for the only transformation scene and for Paréís
naked body. At least then youíll be barking and baying at the parts that
were meant to be so treated.
I hate ranking on werewolf films because, along with vampire movies,
they are my favorite type of horror story. If this is to be the quality
of endeavor, however, Iíll take vanilla! Enjoy the end of Bad Moon;
as for the rest, inflict it on an enemy! Argh!