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A teenager (Adam Arkin) becomes a werewolf after a family vacation in Transylvania.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roz Kelly ...
Dad - Col. William P. Walker
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A teenager (Adam Arkin) becomes a werewolf after a family vacation in Transylvania.

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He's today's teenage werewolf... only the rules have changed!


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9 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loca noche de luna llena  »

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Dad - Col. William P. Walker: I know, son, it hasn't been easy growing up deprived of some of the things that other young boys have.
Tony: Like what, dad?
Dad - Col. William P. Walker: Well, like a mother. Didn't you notice? I mean, you do remember mom, don't you?
Tony: Oh yeah, she was the nice lady that used to come to the beach and the playground when I was real little.
Dad - Col. William P. Walker: That was the maid.
Tony: Oh. Oh I remember mom, now. I came into the room once without knocking, and you were both in bed together. You screamed at me to get out.
Dad - Col. William P. Walker: That was the maid.
Tony: Oh. What ever ...
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16 October 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Love Larry Cohen's work and his teen horror spoof "Full Moon High" is no exception to the trend. It might not be mentioned alongside other such films like "It's Alive", "Q-The Winged Serpent" and "God told Me to", but for me Cohen has hardly put a foot wrong. Yep I enjoyed such films like "Perfect Strangers", "A Return to Salem's lot" and "Special Effects". 9 out of 10 times I'm satisfied with what he helms.

Set in the 1950s Tony Walker an American high school jock who heads to Transylvania with his father on a holiday getaway, but is cursed with immortality when he's bitten by a werewolf. Returning home to the States he finds it hard to control the beast inside and that he's stuck to roam the world like this for eternity.

The Cohen produced / directed / written enterprise "Full Moon High" is an amusingly goof-ball, if low-brow (numerous gay and sex jokes) comedy poking fun at the werewolf genre with constant in-jokes and homage's. It's a fun, snappy ride with its rapid fire tongue-in-cheek gags, sharply cheeky dialogues ("It's a Wookiee!") and animated performances from a game cast. Plenty of lively and humorous appearances, as there's fun to be had with the likes of Ed Machon, Kenneth Mars, Alan Arkin, Roz Kelly, Elizabeth Hartman, Demond Wilson and a Cohen regular James Dixon. Adam Arkin in the lead is quite straight and dry with the delivery, but it seems to fit. His chemistry with Machon (portraying his father) was always delightful with the witty exchanges, especially when he encounters his son in werewolf form. "The Commies turned my son into a wolf!". The story's structure is randomly pieced together, but held by its laconically sarcastic script and Larry Cohen's ably assured and zippy direction. It's a flat out comedy with less concern with the running themes of some sort of social commentary (although the first half does touch upon the cold war paranoia), which is usually found within Cohen's writing. Even with the low-budget restraints (just look at the cheap transformation scene and werewolf make-up), he neatly works around it to make you more captivated with the characters and their actions. Through keeping everything in the shadows or done in POV shots (with resourceful photographer Daniel Pearl) and suggestively off-screen. Still I thought the make-up was decent enough, if you take for face value as it has that old-fashion touch of those golden oldies.

"Full Moon High" isn't high art, but it doesn't pretend to be anything else than what it sets out to be. Agreeable comedy entertainment.

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