Excerpt: One of the more unlikely teen comedies to come out of the eights, an era packed to the rafters with some of the goofiest and hokiest teen movies you’ve ever seen, 1985’s Teen Wolf hit at just the right time. As Michael J. Fox was at the height of his popularity, out comes this bizarre film seemingly inspired by old horror films like I Was A Teenage Werewolf and which many saw as an allegory for puberty cast with a group of actors far too old to be playing high school...
Excerpt: Our reviews of Teen Wolf: Season 2 (published June 3rd, 2013), Teen Wolf: Season 3, Part 1 (published January 1st, 2014), Teen Wolf: Season 3, Part 2 (published August 23rd, 2014), and Teen Wolf: Season 1 (published June 4th, 2012) are also available. For those of you have sat through the classic Universal horror film Wolf Man but felt it lacked fat guy jokes, cheerleaders and teenagers surfing on the top of windowless 'kid-snatcher' vans, you're in luck!
Conclusion: Following on the heels of 'Back to the Future,' Michael J. Fox starred in another fantasy comedy that saw him transform into a teenage werewolf. With a great supporting cast at his side, Fox is amusing as the shy, average kid who gets more than he bargained for when hoping to be popular in school. The Blu-ray comes with passable lossless audio but a just below average video presentation.
Conclusion: This is a fun look back at one of Michael J. Fox’s earliest roles that has become a fan favorite for a lot of people over the years. The movie can be watched by families since it focuses on comedy and never tries to take it down the horror route. A lot of this movie looks dated now but it still has a lot of charm and it benefits from a lot of goodwill that’s built up for it over time.
Conclusion: Teen Wolf is cheesy, predictable, poorly-acted in places, and fairly preposterous, but I honestly love it just the way it is. I doubt that seeing this for the first time today will be able to give you the kind of appreciation that countless viewings over a quarter-century have given me. Still, I recommend it as one of the 1980s' most entertaining comedies.
Excerpt: A Naked American Man Stole My... Basketball? The Film 1985 was a pretty good year for Michael J. Fox. Back to the Future reigned supreme at the box office making Fox an international superstar, and Family Ties finally found its place with the American television audience. Fox would go on to win 3 Emmy Awards for his fabulous portrayal of Alex P. Keaton, but it was his presence on the big screen that really resonated with audiences.
Conclusion: Teen Wolf might never really get a firm grasp on what, exactly, it's trying to say, but in this case that's not a fatal, or even all that harmful, flaw. It's frustrating at worst, but for the viewer who just wants to watch the movie and take what it has to offer at face value, it's not a bad little endeavor. A cleverly unique story that puts a new spin on an old legend, a great cast, and solid direction make Teen Wolf a feel-good 1980s favorite.