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My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)

PG | | Comedy, Horror | May 1989 (USA)
The frustrated housewife Leslie visits an animal shop to purchase a flea-collar. Unknowing that the owner is a werewolf, she accepts his invitation to lunch and later in his apartment. ... See full summary »


Michael Fischa


Mark Pirro




Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Blakely ... Leslie Shaber
John Saxon ... Harry Thropen
Tina Caspary ... Jennifer Shaber (as Katrina Caspary)
John Schuck ... Howard Shaber
Diana Barrows Diana Barrows ... Stacey Pubah
Ruth Buzzi ... Madame Gypsy
Marilyn McCoo ... Celia Celica
Marcia Wallace ... Peggy
Geno Silva ... Dr. Rod Rodriguez
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Nurse Mammosa (as Lucy Lee Flippen)
Lou Cutell ... Butcher
Yetta Yetta ... Woman
Charlie Holliday ... Officer Demyer
Chris Hubbell Chris Hubbell ... Officer Cooper
Phil Rubenstein Phil Rubenstein ... Malcolm Macafee


The frustrated housewife Leslie visits an animal shop to purchase a flea-collar. Unknowing that the owner is a werewolf, she accepts his invitation to lunch and later in his apartment. Through a bite in her toe he starts her slow transformation in a werewolf. Home again, she desperately tries to hide the often disgusting process from her family, but her daughter Jennifer and her - from horror magazines well educated - friend recognize what's going on, and help to kill the non-human. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Jennifer's mother is having an identity crisis.


Comedy | Horror


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Did You Know?


Tina Caspary appeared as an orphan/dancer in Annie (1982). Diana Barrows appeared in a stage production of the musical in the early '80s. See more »


When the girls are in the horror trivia store, one of them is in awe of Issue #5, 1965, of Famous Monsters (of Filmland). The magazine was first published in 1958 so the 5th would be 1958 or 1959. See more »


Stacey Pubah: [looking through the beauty parlor window] Holy shit! Your mom's a werewolf.
Jennifer Shaber: [sarcastically] Really?
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References Dracula (1931) See more »


Shakin' in the World
Written by Bob Doyle and Debbie Darnell
Performed by D.B. Night
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A Bored Werewolf
8 May 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)

** (out of 4)

Susan Blakely plays Leslie Shaber, a bored housewife whose husband doesn't pay too much attention to her. One day she stops into a pet store where the owner (John Saxon) comes onto her and after a couple drinks the housewife is seduced and bitten. Before long the mom starts to turn into a werewolf so it's up to her daughter and her friend to save her.

MY MOM'S A WEREWOLF comes from Crown International so one shouldn't expect too much. I've heard this film described as a kid's movie and perhaps that's true to a point. There's certainly nothing scary or shocking here and it's got a fun nature to it but at the same time there's a lot of sexual innuendo so I'm not sure this is for really young kids. With that said, there's certainly nothing special to be found here but there are two fun performances that will make it appealing to horror fans.

Both Blakely and Saxon are very good in their roles and I thought a better screenplay really could have made for a much better picture. The two actors are fun in their roles and especially Saxon who gets to play a romantic lover who of course is a werewolf. The werewolf effects are what you'd expect from a low-budget movie like this. Horror fans will enjoy some of the friend's nerd talk dealing with various horror magazines and movies.

In the end, MY MOM'S A WEREWOLF certainly isn't a classic but then again it's not the worst werewolf movie to come from the 80s.

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May 1989 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$750,000 (estimated)
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