Werewolf: Running with the Pack takes place inside 'Maitlin's Diner' which is run by a kindly old couple named Teresa & Hank, working for them Eric (John J. York) is well liked by the couple. A young woman named Sally (Julia Campbell) walks into the diner & orders a drink, shortly after two rowdy bikers come in & start hassling her & things quickly escalate out of control. Hank pulls a shotgun & things get serious, then the rest of the bikers gang show up & take Hank, Teresa, Sally & Eric hostage & decide to have some fun with them. The bikers beat, shoot, humiliate & threaten their hostages as they are powerless to do anything, at least that is until Eric starts to change...
Episode eight from the first & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during Spetmeber 1987, directed by Guy Magar one has to say that I really enjoyed Running with the Pack & for me it is possibly the best single episode from the series so far. What I really liked about this one is that it has a great late 70's early 80's exploitation horror feel about it, it reminded me of all those rape revenge flicks like The Last House on the Left (1972) & I Spit on Your Grave (1980) as some vicious thugs torture, beat, shoot, humiliate, hold hostages at knife-point & almost rape someone (this being a TV show it stops just as Sally is about to raped) in a surprisingly grim & sleazy feeling episode. Of course in typical Werewolf style Eric turns into a Werewolf at the end & saves the day & dishes out some justice as per the revenge part of the programme, unfortunately this being a TV show there's no blood or gore & the pay-off doesn't quite live up to the build up but I doubt the production team really had a choice since the show went out on prime time telly. At only twenty fives in length this one moves along like a rocket but just about enough time is given to character development to know broadly who is who & give them a bit of personality. Skorzeny doesn't feature in this one but bounty hunter Rogan does although he doesn't do anything other than ask whether anyone has seen Eric just like every other episode he is in.
This one is surprisingly quite brutal without ever getting too graphic, shots are fired, someone's head is deliberately held underwater, knives are put to throats, people are beaten, property is wilfully damaged & by the end none of the bikers are left standing. The Werewolf action in this episode is actually minimal but the rest of the story makes up for it. One of the scumbag bikers played by Kevin Gage recently stared in Chaos (2005) in which he plays virtually the same character.
Running with the Pack is probably my favourite episode of Werewolf, it's a entertaining homage to the revenge & exploitation flicks of the 70's & 80's as well as being a good stand alone story.
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