An unfortunate trip to Hungary is cut short after the American Press Secretary is bitten by a wolf. A gypsy woman warns him that he has inherited the Mark of the Wolf, and soon after returning to Washington, he begins transforming in the light of the moon and stalking the streets of The Capitol. The government agencies choose to ignore his new found curse, and instead attempt a cover-up to save face for The Administration. THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON is an immensely entertaining B-movie take on the classic werewolf lore laid out in THE WOLF MAN. It is cleverly written ("The pentagram is responsible, not the Pentagon!") and filled with both sharp wit and biting commentary reflecting the racism and political controversies plaguing the nation in the early seventies. Bob O'Bradovich's make-up designs and lapse-dissolve sequences recall the work of Jack Pierce, while the ironic image of a werewolf in a suit and tie is strangely amusing. Dean Stockwell plays the role of the reluctant werewolf on a sympathetic and sincere note, only taking his performance over the top in a few moments of insanity as government officials intentionally overlook his condition. While THE WEREWOLF is by all standards a cheesy under grade Horror film, it proves to be a great deal of fun and well worth a view for the average genre fan.
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