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"Werewolf" Blood Ties (1987)

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Could have been so much better.

Author: Paul Andrews ( from UK
27 June 2008

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Werewolf: Blood Ties sees Eric (John J. York) working as a grounds keeper in a large estate owned by a kindly old lady named Evelyn (Peg Stewart), also living there is her bitter granddaughter Lila (Catherine Hickland) & her selfish husband Ray (James Horan). One night Evelyn is brutally murdered in her own home & both Lila & Ray put the blame squarely on Eric who is already wanted for the murder of his roommate back in Los Angeles, however Eric knows he didn't do it & knows who did. The only problem is proving it...

Episode eighteen from the first & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during November 1987, directed by David Hemmings I must confess I was rather disappointed by this Werewolf attempt at a whodunit. At only twenty fives in length there's just not enough time to tell a really good murder mystery, the murder of Evelyn doesn't happen till the fifteen minute mark & then there's less than ten minutes left so it's solved pretty quickly. Then there's the fact there are only two suspects, it's an either or guess & you have a straight 50/50 chance of getting it right. There are no red herrings, no diversions, no clever plotting & as a whodunit it's actually very poor. The other big problem is motive, the eventual killer is never given one apart from the fact they don't like Evelyn that much which is just weak. Surely Blood Ties would have been better & a lot more satisfying if there was actually some dark motive behind the murder? Hell, any kind of motive would have been nice!

There's a little Werewolf action in Blood Ties but not much, the Werewolf turns up at the end & pushes the killer into a pond & that's your lot. It's interesting to note that Eric has had a wide variety of jobs on his travels, from railroad worker to store clerk to grounds keeper here in Blood Ties. The episode is well made with good production values as usual, neither Skorzeny or bounty hunter Rogan appear in this episode.

Blood Ties could have been a great whodunit episode in the horror themed style of Werewolf, as it is it's rather lame & quite frankly one of the worst murder mysteries your ever likely to see.

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