Werewolf: The Boy Who Cried Werewolf starts as bounty hunter Alamo Joe Rogan (Lance LeGault) chases Eric (John J. York) the Werewolf through some woods late at night, Rogan manages to shoot & wound the beast. While outside a young monster mad boy named Davey (Danny Cooksey) finds the injured Werewolf & takes it to his tree-house. The next morning & the Werewolf has changed back to Eric & Davey agrees to help him as Rogan continues his relentless search...
Episode three from the first & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during July 1987, directed by Larry Shaw this is probably the first stand alone episode after the feature length pilot & the second episode Nightwatch which followed directly on from it. Here in The Boy Who Cried Werewolf we see some serious stereotypes, the young boy who is mad about monsters, disbelieving parents & an abusive drunk who is dating his mum who does nothing but shout, drink beer & behave violently towards those who can't stand up for themselves at even the slightest provocation. The writing really isn't that great here & it's a rather predictable episode too with Eric transforming into a Werewolf at the end & dishing out some just desserts to you know who. At only twenty five minutes in length at least it's short but with a rather clichéd & tired moral message & an equally tired & clichéd plot The Boy Who Cried Werewolf isn't the best episode the series has to offer while the whole Eric the Werewolf on the run from Rogan stopping to sort out a bully just seem at odds with each.
The production values are strong, the opening sequence set at night in the woods as Rogan chases & shoots the Werewolf look really good with some nice lighting effects. Again like Nightwatch the actual Werewolf transformation is not shown but the when seen the Werewolf looks pretty good although they insist on showing it in slow motion, maybe to hide it's lack of movement? Not overly violent, there's a fight at the end & someones face is scratched where some blood is seen. Davey's tree-house has a huge poster inside it for the Paul Naschy flick The Werewolf Versus Vampire Women (1971) better known these days on DVD as Werewolf Shadow which provides a nice little homage.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf is a largely forgettable episode where Eric uses his Werewolf powers to help solve a domestic dispute, it just seems a little tired & inappropriate really.
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