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The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)

PG | | Horror | 23 November 1973 (USA)
Richie Bridgestone (whose parents are divorced) goes to spend the weekend with his father at his secluded mountain cabin. During a moonlight hike, they are attacked in the darkness by a ... See full summary »

Director:

Nathan Juran (as Nathan H. Juran)

Writer:

Bob Homel
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kerwin Mathews ... Robert Bridgestone
Elaine Devry ... Sandy Bridgestone
Scott Sealey Scott Sealey ... Richie Bridgestone
Robert J. Wilke ... The Sheriff
Susan Foster Susan Foster ... Jenny
Jack Lucas Jack Lucas ... Harry
Bob Homel Bob Homel ... Brother Christopher
George Gaynes ... Dr. Marderosian
Loretta Temple Loretta Temple ... Monica
David S. Cass Sr. David S. Cass Sr. ... Deputy (as Dave Cass)
Harold Goodwin ... Mr. Duncan (as Herold Goodwin)
Tim Haldeman ... First Guard
John Logan John Logan ... Second Guard
Eric Gordon Eric Gordon ... Hippy 'Jesus Freak'
Paul Baxley Paul Baxley ... First Werewolf
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Richie Bridgestone (whose parents are divorced) goes to spend the weekend with his father at his secluded mountain cabin. During a moonlight hike, they are attacked in the darkness by a creature that he recognizes as a werewolf. During the struggle, the werewolf falls into a ravine and is impaled by a wooden fence, but not before biting his father. Upon investigation, they find their attacker to be human and the sheriff concludes their attacker was an insane drifter. He spends the rest of the film trying to convince his mother, and his therapist that his father is now a werewolf. Written by John Cropper <psyber@mindspring.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição da Lua Cheia See more »

Filming Locations:

Redwood City, California, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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This film was released by Universal as a double feature with Sssssss (1973), making the program one of the last double bills released by the studio. See more »

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In an early scene between Robert and his son at the cabin, the shadow of the boom mic is visible against the fireplace. See more »

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Robert Bridgestone: Well, what was the urgent phone call about?
Sandy Bridgestone: O Robert, I'm sorry. It's just that we have a big problem with Ritchie. He's on that werewolf kick again.
Robert Bridgestone: Did you drag me out here just to tell me that?
Sandy Bridgestone: I know you've heard it before, but this time he thinks it's you.
Robert Bridgestone: That is lunacy.
Sandy Bridgestone: Obviously.
Robert Bridgestone: Can't you handle the boy anymore, Sandy?
Sandy Bridgestone: Oh, it's beyond me. I've discussed it with Dr. Mardesrosian and he thinks we ought to take it more seriously. He wants to see you.
Robert Bridgestone: Are you saying that you believe that I...
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Seventies werewolf
15 August 2016 | by Mr_EctoplasmaSee all my reviews

"The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" follows a young boy, Richie, and his father, Robert, who retreat to the family's mountain cabin after Robert's separation from Richie's mother, Sandy. The night of their arrival, Robert is attacked by a werewolf in the woods, and begins exhibiting strange behavior and attracting attention from local law enforcement and a religious hippie cult that has settled into a forest clearing.

Originally paired with "Sssssss" by Universal as a double-bill, "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" is a kitschy and spirited offering that is a far cry from classic werewolf films like "The Wolf Man," but manages to carve a marginal albeit unique identity of its own. The plot set-up that begins briskly in the opening scene is completely arbitrary, and the rest of the film seems to follow suit. Everything from the hokey rural policemen to the comedic hippie cult is utterly random, but it is these touches that really make the film weirdly memorable.

It's wildly atmospheric and at times feels like an ABC "Movie of the Week" circa 1973, though it boasts some mild violence and a handful of great sequences featuring the werewolf (the camper attack is fantastic). It's also beautifully-shot and extremely colorful—blue waterscapes and the lush green forests in which the film is set create gorgeous contrasts with the characters in the frame.Kerwin Mathews and Elaine Devry are solid leads as the two parents, and an array of mostly unknown actors fill out the rather large cast. The film does seem to start and stop its momentum as it shifts between the character locales, but the amalgamation of them in the final act is satisfying, though the ending is unexpectedly downbeat and actually tragic.

Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film in spite of the fact that I don't tend to gravitate toward werewolf stories. In some regard, "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" is a family drama of sorts with a mere horror backdrop, and that also makes it unique. If one can get past some dated special effects (the werewolf makeup, however, is very good) and some wobbly supporting performances, this is an enjoyable and atmospheric seventies flick that wonderfully captures the era as well as its spirit of B-horror films. 7/10.


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