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The Wolf Who Thought He Was a Man 

Tired and worn out, Eric accepts the hospitality of an old man at his home in the woods. He becomes attracted to a young woman named Margaret, but he fears that he may be responsible for a series of brutal murders in the area.

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Tired and worn out, Eric accepts the hospitality of an old man at his home in the woods. He becomes attracted to a young woman named Margaret, but he fears that he may be responsible for a series of brutal murders in the area.

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15 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Unusual, but great, episode.

Werewolf: The Wolf Who Thought He Was a Man starts with Eric Cord (John J. York) hiking on a mountain road & meeting a German man named Hugo who picks him up, Hugo claims to be a keen hunter & is the owner of the Owl Mountain Lodge. Hugo offers Eric a job as a handyman which Eric accepts. At night Hugo entertains Eric with stories about hunting & the old days, Hugo also seems very interested in Wolves. Then four guests turn up at the lodge & one is brutally killed shortly after by what appears to be a Wolf of some sort...

Episode six from the first & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during August 1987, directed by David Hemmings I actually rather liked this installment which is markedly different than the previous five. I must admit I wasn't expecting the twist in this episode, the fact that Hugo respects the Wolf as a hunter so much that he wants to be one going to the extent of running around at night dressed in a Wolfskin hunting his guest's at the lodge is quite a novel idea & the exposition at the start between himself & Eric sets his character & motivations up really well. Then of course Hugo finds out that Eric is a real Werewolf & he puts an end to Hugo's murderous ways during a slightly rushed climax, in fact that's the main problem with The Wolf Who Thought He Was a Man as it's just too short to really develop a surprisingly strong concept & story. Obviously the twenty five made for telly limitation is the main problem but at the same time at least it moves along at a good pace & is never boring but here the character's do suffer a bit especially the lodge guest's who are given next to no screen time. The Wolf Who Thought He Was a Man is also the very first episode of Werewolf not to feature either Skorzeny or bounty hunter Rogan.

Although it has little to do with the actual episode I have to say I really liked the clever title too, I like the way the title refers to a Wolf thinking he was a man rather than the more literal explanation for the episode a man thinking he was a Wolf. All very meaningful & deep I'm sure! You can tell that the makers weren't allowed to show much gore, the opportunity to show a mangled corpse is not taken although there's a shot of a decapitated head in a bag. The Werewolf make-up effects are as usual very good. After the rather lacklustre looking Spectre of the Wolf here the series goes back to a creepy horror film atmosphere with some well shot scenes, the inside of Hugo's shed with it's knives, stuffed animal heads, various bones & skull's with shaft's of moonlight coming in through cracks in the wooden walls is very evocative & just has a good horror film atmosphere about it.

The Wolf Who Thought He Was a Man is a good stand alone episode of Werewolf, with none of the regular character's featuring apart from Eric this is one you could easily watch on it's own in isolation & it has nice glossy production values which help.


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