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Moon of the Wolf (1972)

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


Daniel Petrie


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




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 ... Attendant
Sonny Klein Sonny Klein ... Harry


After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf.

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From a dying man comes a warning: "loup-garou"...werewolf. See more »


Horror | Thriller


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Scenes of the town were shot in downtown Clinton, Louisiana. A few of the townspeople that appear as extras were also from Clinton. The rest of the scenes were filmed in Burnside, Louisiana. See more »


During the opening credits, as the camera follows two characters trudging through the woods tracking an animal with their dogs, there are two pan shots one after the other that are photographed from the same vantage point (one can see the same felled tree in the foreground in both shots); both shots are merely two different takes of the same action. See more »


[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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1 May 2005 | by Teknofobe70See all my reviews

The setup never fails ... a murder in a small town leaves the local sheriff stumped, and he travels around investigating and finding several suspects among the townsfolk. The sheriff is your typical kind-hearted, beer-swilling Louisianan kind of guy, and the list of suspects includes the murdered girls brother (the angry redneck), the town's doctor (the local professional with a dark secret), a Mr Rodance (the wealthy, mysterious businessman who owns half the town) and his sister (the slightly unhinged female lead who becomes the Sheriff's love interest).

Yeah, it's all fairly standard, but it's also quite entertaining in a formulaic kind of way. For at least the first half of this film, there's really nothing to suggest that a werewolf is responsible (unless you're familiar with werewolf folklore and know what 'loup garou' means). This is in fact a typical small-town crime melodrama, one of many which were made for TV in the seventies, and it's shot and played out in exactly the same style as these movies. But it just so happens to have a werewolf in it.

It's an interesting idea, and executed reasonably well. The quality of acting and so forth is pretty much what you'd expect from a TV movie -- competent enough, but nothing special. It's also a fairly short movie, as at 75 minutes it's not even feature length. This is to the film's credit, and it certainly managed to keep me engaged for that length of time, which is more than I can say for many of the similarly low-budget werewolf movies I've seen. The story unfolds at a good pace, and leads to a suitably thrilling (but not too over-the-top) climax. It's all decent enough, not great, but it doesn't try to be.

All in all, this is your average werewolf B-movie which I'd recommend to werewolf enthusiasts if you happen to get a chance to see it. Hell, there are worse ways to spend an hour and fifteen minutes.

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Release Date:

26 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite do Lobo See more »

Filming Locations:

Clinton, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Filmways Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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