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


Horror | Thriller


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The film has fallen into public domain. As such, it appears in a number of DVD collections. Many of these feature inferior sound and video quality due to poor transfer to DVD. See more »


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


Sheriff Aaron Whitaker: What's wrong with him?
Dr. Druten: He's had a fit.
Sheriff Aaron Whitaker: Doctor, you were third in your class. I never went to college. I knew he was having a fit when he started having it.
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Featured in Horror Hotel: Moon of the Wolf (2014) See more »

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Once were wolves
8 January 2010 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Creepy little tele-movie concerning a highborn Louisiana family with a dark secret. After a local girl is found mutilated in a nearby bayou, local sheriff (Janssen) must use all his detective skills to solve the crime. His investigation leads him to an old flame (Rush) and her aristocratic brother (Dillman) who are both keen for the culprit to be caught, but for different reasons. Everyone's a suspect including the local medical examiner (Beradino), who can't seem to determine the cause of death, while the paranormal activity leads to more mysterious victims. Tense, with a sometimes unsettling mood, the southern tones and textures make this an offbeat little suspender that belies its meagre TV budget.

The leading trio succeed with their characterisations and experienced feature director Petrie constructs an intelligent plot woven with effective twists and surprises. Appropriately, the romantic undertones between Janssen and Rush fail to flourish, and so the core narrative never loses momentum. Able support from Lewis, Dano and Chandler in particular, as the oafish yokels, suspects and victims, add capable depth to the cast & characters. Decent cinematography, apt dialogue and some effective chills ensure the end product is beyond the typical mid week tele-movie experience, and although the make-up effects are 'limited', this doesn't undermine the picture.

Lycanthropy devotee or not, the occult themes shouldn't deter you from investing 74 minutes in this modest mystery, entertaining despite its small screen threshold.

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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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