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Full Moon High (1981)

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

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Ricky
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Flynn
Elizabeth Hartman ...
Miss Montgomery
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The Coach - Principal Cleveland
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Dr. Brand
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Tom Clancy ...
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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)  »

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A Transylvanian Werewolf In America  »

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The name of the educational institution was "Full Moon High" which was also the name of the movie's title. This was portrayed by the real-life John Burroughs Senior High School in Burbank, California, USA. See more »

Goofs

When the kid is visiting his fathers grave at the cemetery the head stones side changes from a rough rocky surface to a smooth sharply cut one. It changes from a real head stone to a fake one when the father's name is shown. See more »

Quotes

Tony: You're lucky being able to die. I can't die. I don't even get a temperature.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Meet Me in the Moonlight
by Robin Batteau, David Buskin and Janelle Webb (as Janelle Webb Cohen)
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"The commies turned my son into a wolf!"
23 August 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Underrated horror comedy from Larry Cohen about a teenage boy (Adam Arkin) in the 1950s whose bitten by a werewolf on a trip to Transylvania. Back home he struggles in vain to control his werewolf urges, which include nipping at the bottoms of young women. Eventually he leaves town but returns twenty years later, posing as his own son, in an attempt to finish high school.

Man, this movie is trashed just about everywhere you look but I thought it was a riot. It's completely silly and irreverent, which I guess doesn't appeal to everyone. I thought it was fun from start to finish and, while I love Teen Wolf, I have to agree with another reviewer that this is actually a better movie. A better comedy, at least. Adam Arkin does a fine job but the supporting cast frequently steals the spotlight. Ed McMahon, Roz Kelly (Pinky Tuscadero!), and Joanne Nail are all hilarious. Alan Arkin shows up late in the movie and owns every scene he's in. Demond Wilson (Lamont from Sanford & Son) is funny in a tiny part as a bus driver.

The '80s was a great decade for werewolf movies. While most people know and appreciate many of these, like the aforementioned Teen Wolf, The Howling, and An American Werewolf in London, this one doesn't seem to get a lot of respect. I mean, look at that IMDb score -- it's pathetic! Hopefully, as time goes by, Full Moon High will be appreciated more but it's been over thirty years so I won't be holding my breath on that. See it for yourself and decide. Maybe you'll get as much of a kick out of it as I do.


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