Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bad Moon (1996)

Janet invites her brother, Ted, to live with her and her son in a camper behind their house, but what Janet doesn't know is that Ted was attacked by a werewolf during his last expedition into Nepal, and that he is now infected with the virus. Eric Red, writer of THE HITCHER and NEAR DARK, directs this bloody werewolf film starring Michael Pare and Mariel Hemingway. BAD MOON is an adaptation of the Wayne Smith novel Thor, named for the family's heroic German Shepherd that protects them from the beast. While it is constantly dragged down by the complete lack of logic and shoddy performances, there are two distinct features that make this a hit amongst fans: Christopher Allen Nelson's gory effects and one of the most convincing costume designs ever conceived. Ted becomes a werewolf in the literal sense of the word, more wolf than man with gaping jowls, gnashing teeth, and bushy tail. The film would be otherwise unremarkable were it not for the terrifying creature effects, but they are impressive enough to make this one of the better werewolf entries out of the 90's.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.

If you liked BAD MOON, check out:
THE HOWLING, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS, WATCHERS REBORN.

7 comments:

  1. i do remember liking this film, but it might have been the score... no it was this film... the one time i saw it!

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  3. Good call, Manes. Story bad, effects surprisingly impressive.

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  4. I can't remember a lot about BAD MOON, but I do know that THE HITCHER is the greatest film ever made.

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  5. All you need to remember about this film can be found on the cover above, just one sweet-ass werewolf and nothing more.

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  6. I probably would have liked this better had they ditched all those dreary morphing effects that T2 made so popular before CGI took over.

    Also, Michael Pare constantly switches from being a good guy struggling with his inner wolfman to being a douchebag between scenes. The movie started off great, but went too far South after that for me.

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  7. I prefer to ignore the transformation sequence so that I feel better for liking the film =D

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