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Bad Moon (1996)

R | | Horror | 1 November 1996 (USA)
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One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Eric Red

Writers:

Wayne Smith (novel), Eric Red (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mariel Hemingway ... Janet
Michael Paré ... Uncle Ted (as Michael Pare)
Mason Gamble ... Brett
Ken Pogue ... Sheriff Jenson
Hrothgar Mathews ... Flopsy
Johanna Marlowe ... Marjorie (as Johanna Marlowe Lebovitz)
Gavin Buhr Gavin Buhr ... Forest Ranger
Julia Montgomery Brown ... Reporter
Primo Primo ... Thor
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Storyline

One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and endangering all he holds most dear, the family dog, Thor, is the last hope for his family's survival... and the end to his Werewolf curse. Written by Grey Coyote <greycoyote@geocities.com>

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Taglines:

Half man. Half wolf. Total terror.

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, brief language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$607,081, 3 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,055,525
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Morgan Creek opened the film the day after Halloween and spent almost nothing on marketing, so Red wasn't surprised when it failed to find an audience in theaters. He's happy that a fan base has grown around it in the years since though. See more »

Goofs

There is a full moon. Two nights later, we see another full moon. Two nights later, we see yet another full moon. See more »

Quotes

Janet: [Werewolf Ted has Brett by the throat, Janet points the revolver at Ted] Get the fuck off my son!
[Shoots Ted]
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Crazy Credits

The Producers would like to thank the following for their help and cooperation in the making of the film: THE KABELA FAMILY THE LAIDLER FAMILY See more »

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Underrated Gem
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Bad Moon (1996)

*** (out of 4)

Highly entertaining film from writer-director Eric Red has Janet (Mariel Hemingway) allowing her brother Ted (Michael Pare) to move in with her and her young son Brett (Mason Gamble). Everyone is happy about the idea except for her German Shepard dog who seems to have something against Ted. What Janet doesn't realize is that her brother was attacked by a werewolf and is now one himself.

I didn't see BAD MOON when it was originally released even though I love werewolf movies. I finally caught up with it on DVD and really enjoyed the movie so I decided to revisit it yet again on Blu-ray and I think it has gotten even better. Is the movie flawless? Of course not but at the same time there's no question that it's an entertaining horror film.

What I enjoyed most about the film is that there's not a tremendous amount of dialogue as the main "action" takes place between the uncle and the dog. I really loved this aspect of the story and it was fascinating watching the dog and his reaction to the Uncle. I loved the way the dog could see the dnager that his owners were in and this aspect of the film brought an original touch to a genre that has had countless movies in it.

The werewolf effects were quite good and I'd consider them old-fashion, which certainly isn't a bad thing. Some of the violence is quite graphic for its time and there's no question that the three leads are a lot of fun and work well together. The real star has to be Primo the dog who plays THor. He is such a great dog actor and you can't help but say he's one of the best in the history of cinema. Yeah, that's high praise but he's really that great and his reactions to things going on around here was just flawless.

BAD MOON isn't going to win any major awards but there's no doubt that it's a very good and highly entertaining film.


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