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Moon of the Wolf (1972)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 26 September 1972
After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf.

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Alvin Sapinsley (teleplay), Les Whitten (novel) (as Leslie H. Whitten)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Sheriff Aaron Whitaker
Barbara Rush ... Louise Rodanthe
Bradford Dillman ... Andrew Rodanthe
John Beradino ... Dr. Druten
Geoffrey Lewis ... Lawrence
Royal Dano ... Tom Sr.
John Davis Chandler ... Tom Jr. (as John Chandler)
Claudia McNeil ... Sara
Paul R. DeVille Paul R. DeVille ... Hugh
Dan Priest ... Sam
Robert Phillips ... Deputy
Serena Sande Serena Sande ... Nurse
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Attendant
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Attendant
Sonny Klein Sonny Klein ... Harry
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After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A killer force, not of this world, sweeps shock and terror through a steaming Louisiana bayou. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite do Lobo See more »

Filming Locations:

Clinton, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on Les Whitten's novel of the same name. See more »

Goofs

This movie was made in 1972, but the opening credits show the date as MCMLXII (1962) See more »

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[news of a brutal murder spreads rapidly, and causes a large number of men to gather at the scene]
Sheriff Aaron Whitaker: Who else knows about it?
Tom Gurmandy Jr.: Only Preacher Biggers. I called him after I called you.
Sheriff Aaron Whitaker: What for?
Tom Gurmandy Jr.: Well, I figured somebody oughta tell her brother what happened to her. Preacher Biggers' the only one in Frenchtown that's got a telephone.
Sheriff Aaron Whitaker: Well, we're lucky you ain't got a pocketful of dimes, aren't we?
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A worthwhile film
10 February 2000 | by JHC3See all my reviews

Set in and near the bayou community of Marsh Island, Louisiana, "Moon of the Wolf" starts with the body of a young woman named Ellie being discovered by two locals. Though it appears she was mauled to death by wild dogs, the medical examiner (Beradino) soon determines that she was murdered. The sheriff (Janssen) is faced with the unfortunate task of determining which of his longtime friends or associates in this small, close-knit community are responsible for the brutal killing. His investigation soon leads him into some of the town's little known secrets.

"Moon of the Wolf" is a well shot, well acted film that seems to have been made on location in an actual swamp or wetlands. The storyline is logical and well-presented and an effort was made to employ real-life lycanthropy folklore (the loup-garou of France) rather than some contrived Hollywood creation. The makeup effects for the werewolf are not particularly high tech, but this should not be expected for a made-for-television film of this period. Viewers should expect more mystery than action, but there is a fair amount of suspense.

This film, for me, earns high marks. Fans of similar made-for-television films of the early to mid-1970s will not be disappointed. It rivals some of the best Dan Curtis productions in many ways yet is not as over-the-top as some of Curtis' material is. This is a must-see for die-hard fans of werewolf films.


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