Werewolf: Spectre of the Wolf starts as real life Werewolf Eric Cord (John J. York) searching desperately for a cure attends the lecture of a Dr. Victor Degoethels (Byrne Piven) who is a professor of Werewolf mythology & wrote the best selling book 'Spectre of the Wolf' about the subject. Eric thinks that a self confessed expert on Lycanthropy could help him find a scientific cure for his Werewolf curse. Meanwhile bounty hunter Alamo Joe Rogan (Lance LeGault) is closing in on Eric, can Eric convince Dr. Degoethels that he is indeed a real Werewolf & even if he can will Degoethels be able to help him...
Episode five from the first & only season of Werewolf this story originally aired in the US during August 1987, directed by Lyndon Chubbuck this isn't a bad episode at all but having said that it's nothing spectacular. This episode sees Eric take a different approach to trying to cure his Werewolf curse, instead of trying to kill Skorzeny he tries to go down the scientific route. Spectre of the Wolf has one of those plots that mixes traditional horror mythology & scientific rationality as the two clash & seem at odds with each other, not much is made of the line between mythology & hard scientific fact & the the episode doesn't really go anywhere that interesting or anywhere we haven't been before. At first the scientist that Dr. Degoethels is refuses to believe Eric but by the end of the episode he witnesses Eric change into a Werewolf & the man of science has been turned, again this basic plot is nothing entirely new. As for the regular character's Skorzeny doesn't feature, bounty hunter Rogan features in the opening & closing scenes while there's a brief flashback to the pilot episode where the scene Eric shoots his best friend Teddy who had turned into a Werewolf is shown.
There's a couple of scenes of Werewolf action in this one but they don't amount to much, there's some snarling & growling & a Werewolf jumps through a window & a door & that's about it. It's well made with good solid production values & pretty impressive special effects although the atmosphere that was so evident in the opening four episodes is notably absent here in Spectre of the Wolf as it's mostly set in a fairly generic looking & feeling University.
Spectre of the Wolf is an decent way to pass twenty five minutes especially if you like the show, unlike some of the other episodes Spectre of the Wolf could probably stand on it's own & isn't directly connected with any other episode apart from the central character of Eric.
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