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Full Moon High (1981)

A popular high school football player becomes a werewolf after a trip to Romania, and struggles to come to terms with his new reality.

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Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Arkin ... Tony
Roz Kelly ... Jane
Ed McMahon ... Dad - Col. William P. Walker
Joanne Nail ... Ricky
Bill Kirchenbauer ... Flynn
Elizabeth Hartman ... Miss Montgomery
Louis Nye ... Reverend
Demond Wilson ... Cabbie-Busdriver
Jim J. Bullock ... Eddie (as Jm. Bullock)
James Dixon ... Deputy - Jack
Kenneth Mars ... The Coach - Principal Cleveland
Alan Arkin ... Dr. Brand
Tom Aldredge ... The Jailer
Pat Morita ... The Silversmith
Tom Clancy Tom Clancy ... Priest
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Storyline

A popular high school football player becomes a werewolf after a trip to Romania, and struggles to come to terms with his new reality.

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It's tough enough being a teenager . . . try turning into a werewolf every full moon. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Werwolf beißt sich durch See more »

Filming Locations:

Lyndhurst, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film has also known to be called "A Transylvanian Werewolf In America" a rip of An American Werewolf in London (1981). Later came "A French Vampire in America" [See: Innocent Blood (1992)]. See more »

Goofs

When the kid is visiting his fathers grave at the cemetery the head stones side changes from a rough rocky surface to a smooth sharply cut one. It changes from a real head stone to a fake one when the father's name is shown. See more »

Quotes

Miss Montgomery: You're new here. I bet you aren't even armed yet.
Tony: Oh no, I'm just here to register for classes.
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Spoofs Carrie (1976) See more »

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Meet Me in the Moonlight
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You're a fox! Not really, but close...
14 November 2010 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Full Moon High" is a werewolf horror/comedy that got released in the year 1981, meaning almost simultaneously with two of the greatest classics in the same sub genre, namely "The Howling" and "American Werewolf in London". No wonder practically nobody remembers this film. While certainly not as great as those two, "Full Moon High" nevertheless deserves a little more praise from the genre fans and a little more recognition in general. The film definitely hasn't got the same premise as the other werewolf classics and goes straight for laughs. Tony, a popular American high school student and fanatic football player travels to Romania with his sleazy businessman father. While the latter is talking about the promised land to a couple of prostitutes, Toney receives bad news from a local fortune teller and gets attacked by a red-eyed werewolf at night. He transforms for the first time on the plane back to the States, but nobody notices because hijackers blindfolded everyone on board of the flight. What an oddball sequence that was, actually. Once back at his school and surrounded by his obsessive girlfriend and football buddies, Tony can't resist to bite girls in the bums and decides to disappear. Twenty years later, he returns to his hometown and is mistaken for his own son. "Full Moon High" is, as said already, a straightforward comedy and I'm really not used to seeing that from writer/director Larry Cohen. True, his film always contain social mockery and black comedy (like "Q – The Winged Serpent" and "God Told Me To"), but this really feels like a liberating side project for him. There's too few horror for my liking, for example the transformation sequences are worthless, but I appreciated the film as a relaxing and occasionally very hilarious horror comedy.


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