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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 »

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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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Half man. Half wolf. Total terror.

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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

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Michael Biehn and Robert Patrick lobbied for the role of Ted, but Red chose Michael Paré "because of the power he has as an actor." The dog trainer shared that Paré's comfort performing with a canine co-star reminded him of Jim Belushi on K-9. "Along with Roy Scheider and Famke Janssen, Michael Paré is the best experience I've had with a star as a director." See more »

Goofs

The revolver fires eight times without reloading. See more »

Quotes

Janet: [Werewolf Ted has Brett by the throat, Janet points the revolver at Ted] Get the fuck off my son!
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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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Okay with what they had
26 August 2003 | by sychonicSee all my reviews

This strikes me as a solid straight to video effort -- though if anyone had any delusions that it would do well in theatres, I think they were sorely mistaken. It seems to have been done on a very low budget -- most of the scenes occur in the home of lawyer Mariel Hemingway, or out in the north California woods, with a few in a trailer owned by brother Michael Pare. What money they had probably went into the animatronic wolf, since they apparently didn't hire a script writer, or maybe they got one for free from a film school. The plot, such as it is, doesn't have much in the way of traditional tension building; we know exactly who the werewolf is, and why he became that way, from the very beginning.

There are a lot of long meaningful stares between Pare and the family dog, german shepherd Thor, who, being a canine cousin, knows exactly what the wolf is upto. There are numerous children's movies with dogs as the lead actor (the Benji series comes to mind), but not that many adult oriented ones and there may be a reason -- they're boring when not being cute.

Pare, not known for being a very good actor, puts in a pretty good performance here -- he communicates a fairly decent sense of desperation and self loathing. Mariel Hemingway, on the other hand, sort of seems like she needed a few more takes to get it right and maybe they didn't have the money to keep the set going. If that's not the case, then she basically just phoned it in, not much there, while the kid is not quite as annoying as other cutesy child actors, his haircut seems weird where the character is mostly bland.

Not a terrible way to waste not quite an hour and a half, maybe on a rainy afternoon, or late at night when nothing else is on, but don't make a trip to the vid store expressly for this -- there are other better horror movies out there.


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