That was my attempt to howl at the moon.
If you somehow haven't guessed why I did that, I'll tell you. First off, it's definitely Thursday. which means it's time for Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves. Click the link to find out how to participate. Second, the topic this week is werewolf movies. I'm pretty I've seen one or two. Since I'm in a bit of a goofy mood, I'm going with films that explore the lighter side of lycanthropy. Here are my picks for this week's installment.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
(1948)Yes, the title says Frankenstein. However, this is a grand sendup of all the famous universal monsters, featuring most of the original actors reprising and making fun of the roles that made them household names. A rather prominent part of the plot, as much as there is one, involves Lon Chaney Jr. back as Lawrence Talbot, aka The Wolf Man. Our titular heroes make sure laughs are had by all.
(1985)Yes, this is the movie that the MTV series that's nothing like it is based. This is a fun-loving affair in which a young man played by Michael J. Fox discovers he's from a long line of werewolves and is, in fact, one himself. Of course, this means he becomes a star on his high school basketball team. Yup. I know yesterday was Back to the Future day, and all, but I feel like this one deserves a little love today. Whatever you do, just skip that abomination known as Teen Wolf Too.
(2005)Yes, the act of transforming into a werewolf with hair sprouting from every pore naturally lends it to being a metaphor for puberty. Therefore, we finish up with another film that looks a werewolves in high school. When famed horror director Wes Craven passed a couple months ago, there were lots of lists ranking his work and retrospectives on his career. Very few of them mentioned this little gem. It reunites Craven with his main collaborator from the Scream franchise, writer Kevin Williamson and includes a perfect tongue-in-cheek. It's not up to the level of those movies (except the third), but still a worthy addition to the filmography of all involved.