Monday, February 28, 2011

Moon of the Wolf

Directed by:  Daniel Petrie
Written by:  Alvin Sapinsley, Leslie H. Whitten (novel)
Starring by:  David Janssen, Barbara Rush and Bradford Dillman

From IMDB:
"After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf."

Here's a clip from the movie.

This 1972 made for TV gem stars the Fugitive David Jansen. 
I heard a rumour that Dan Curtis wrote this but can find no proof to that effect.
David's got a few buttons down on his sheriff shirt - I wonder if the ladies of the early 70s found his hairy, 50 something, chest appealing?
Sure is easy to identify the score as coming from this era of film making.  A better man than me could tell you what it is that identifies it as such.

Trilogy of Terror came out of this period of TV movies.
This is no Trilogy of Terror.
Clint Eastwood's good friend, Geoffrey Lewis is in this.  He's always good.
Interesting history behind Daniel Petrie.  He directed Raisin in the Sun in 1962 - then got stuck doing a lot of forgettable movies and TV for a long time.  He would go on to direct the well remembered Sybil - Fort Apache the Bronx and Cocoon The Return.  He worked till he was 81 and died at the age of 83.
His death scene is actually kind of funny. 
Man there was some bad fashion around back then!
I confess I've got this one playing in the background in my office while working other things.  To be fair though, I've seen this one within the last year anyway.
Sadly there's just nothing to really make this thing remarkable.
I'm going to give it 1.5 Bloody Eyes out of 5.  There's just no real reason to watch this movie.

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