Werewolf: King of the Road starts as drifter Eric Cord (John J. York) jumps on a goods train just outside Portland that is headed towards Kansas City. When aboard Eric discovers that he is not the only stowaway on the train hitching a free ride as he meets a group of homeless bums trying to get as far away from Portland as possible after six of their homeless bum friends had been brutally murdered. Later that night while the men sleep someone slits the throat of another & Eric is blamed being the new boy but he manages to convince the other's that he didn't do it & a impromptu murder trial is set up with Eric as the judge, as the evidence is heard & examined Eric realises that the case has more to do with him & his Werewolf curse than it first seemed...
Episode twenty three from the one & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during February 1988, directed by Richard Colla this is a fine episode with a very good story that is slightly let down by a very abrupt ending which rounds things off in unsatisfactory fashion. I must say I really liked the setting here the old rickety train as it rolls along at night & I also really liked the murder mystery story in which a group of homeless men hold a trial to discover who slit the throat of one of their number with Eric as the judge & the dovetailing of his Werewolf curse with the mystery as it unfolds. So up to a certain point King of the Road is actually a nice taught murder mystery that eventually turns into an out & out horror but one couldn't help but feel the ending was rather rushed, we don't even get to see the supposed Werewolf on Werewolf fight as the programme just cuts away as they start to fight & never returns. I liked the story & the twists, I liked the character's & I liked the setting but the ending is a bit of a downer.
King of the Road is the second episode of Werewolf which is set around train tracks coming after Blood on the Tracks (1987) in which Eric was a railroad worker. As usual there are one or two nice Werewolf transformation special effects scenes but no real blood or gore apart from a dead body or two. Like a lot of this series there's a great atmosphere in King of the Road with a really well lit set with plenty of shadows & patches illuminated by flickering fire, this looks very nice indeed just like the majority of this series. Veteran actor Sid Haig who is probably better known as the star of Rob Zombie's two films House of 1000 Corpse (2003) & The Devil's Rejects (2005) as captain Spalding makes a guest appearance here.
King of the Road is for twenty odd minutes a great Werewolf episode that has some nice atmosphere, twists & character's but I can't help feel the rushed ending lets it down somewhat.
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