Werewolf: Season 1, Episode 9

Friendly Haven (26 Sep. 1987)

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Eric sets out after Janos Skorzeny following the rumors of a Bigfoot sighting. After a ferocious battle with a stronger werewolf, Eric finds sanctuary in the home with a woman named Mary ... See full summary »

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Eric sets out after Janos Skorzeny following the rumors of a Bigfoot sighting. After a ferocious battle with a stronger werewolf, Eric finds sanctuary in the home with a woman named Mary who has a strange and supernatural secret of her own. Written by Anonymous

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Strange episode & the worst one so far.

Werewolf: Friendly Haven starts as Eric Cord (John J. York) arrives in a small country town where three hunters were recently killed in nearby woods, killed by what some say is Bigfoot while other's claim is a Grizzly Bear. Eric thinks it might be a Werewolf like himself, while looking in the woods Eric meets his arch nemesis Janos Skorzeny (Chuck Connors) & discovers he was behind the attacks & sightings. They both transform into Werewolves & fight, Eric is injured & makes his way to a nearby farmhouse where an elderly woman named Mary Peterson (Bibi Osterwald) takes him in & nurses his wounds. At first Eric is grateful for her assistance but soon comes to question whether it's the friendly haven it first appeared...

Episode nine from the first & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during Septmeber 1987, directed by David Hemmings this one started out fine & I liked how it initially mixed the Werewolf & Bigfoot legends together but that is soon forgotten & it all falls apart with a strange twist ending that really doesn't make much sense. Friendly Haven started promisingly with an attack on three hunters by some creature that kills them & a meeting between Eric & Skorzeny but once it gets to Eric being nursed by Mary the episode begins to falter & it's definitely not helped by a poor twist ending which didn't make any sense to me. When Eric gets back to town he is told the farmhouse is empty & that Mary was killed years ago but only the night before Eric was there, Mary was there & a house full of furniture but when he goes back it's empty so what exactly happened? Who helped him? Where did Mary go? Where did all of her furniture & belongings go? The only thing I can think of to explain this was that Eric dreamt it when he was injured for the first time but if so how did he know about Mary? How could he know about that photograph that he had never seen? At only twenty five minutes in length Friendly Haven is worth a watch but it's one of the poorer episodes.

Here Skorzeny turns up after a few episodes without him & it's revealed Mary's history revolves around him or maybe not since she's dead? Right? I don't know either. Maybe the script made sense but it just didn't come together when it was edited or maybe to get it down to the twenty five minute length certain scenes of exposition had to be cut & that's why it doesn't come across that well. Who knows? There are a couple of brief transformation scenes & a reasonably cool Werewolf fight & for the first time there's a scene showing Eric as a Werewolf transforming back into a human although for some reason it's just a cheap looking simplistic fade between two shots where one shot Eric is a Werewolf & the other he is human.

Friendly Haven is maybe the first real duff episode or Werewolf, it starts off well enough but by the end has completely fallen apart & is seemingly pointless.


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