Teen Wolf follows the adventures of Scott Howard, a normal, shy teenage basketball player (played by Michael J Fox on top charismatic form) who has always dreamed of being special. So when he finds out that he is actually a werewolf, all his dreams come true.
When all the kids in school find out, instead of getting very scared (which would be ALOT more probable if this were true story) they seem to look at Scott's new-found werewolfism as a good thing and welcome his new hairy self with open arms. Suddenly, he's the most popular kid in school. He gets respect, the best looking girl in school and due to his, ahem, 'accelerated werewolf strength and speed', he can now play basketball better than any pro.
Totally bizarre and ridiculous, I know, but that's half the fun of watching this movie.
The acting is actually quite good, considering the movie's obvious low budget and overall silliness. As I already mentioned, Michael J. Fox really does shine in this movie and is supported brillianty by a very welcoming cast.
The werewolf "FX" (ie-makeup) is a little crude but it is done well enough to just about suspend disbelief.
As a whole, Teen Wolf has got all the ingredients that make teen comedies work and then some (wolf). It's got laughs, nudity, a valuble life lesson (in this case- "Just be yourself") and an all-round simplicity that many of today's writers/directors should take note of.
Unfortunately though, the less said about the powerfully bad and rushed sequel, the better. Never before have I seen a more perfect example for the dreaded "Exactly-the-same-as-the-first-movie-only-not-as-good" syndrome. Michael J. Fox made the wise decision of not returning to be in this messy, messy state of affairs. Instead, we get Jason (Who?) Bateman who trys so very hard to hold the torch that Fox passed to him but falls ever so flat on his face.
Oh, and on top of all that, the whole movie happens to be boring as hell.
So when you buy this DVD, don't think you're getting any kind outstanding value because there's two movies on it. You're not. You're only buying one movie. Trust me.
Michael J Fox is superb in this High School Comedy from 1985. He plays the character (Scott Howard) who is a Basketball Player in his local school team. Read more
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