“You don’t look well, Jack.”
After a trip to Hungary, a political aide (Dean Stockwell) to the U.S. president (Biff McGuire) is turned into a werewolf and starts committing vicious murders when the moon is full. Can he convince those around him — including his former girlfriend (Jane House), daughter of the president — to keep him locked up, for everyone’s sake?
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Dean Stockwell Films
- Horror Films
- “No One Believes Me!”
- Political Corruption
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary writes that this “odd blend of horror and political satire” — “concocted during [the] Watergate hysteria” — gives Dean Stockwell “another peculiar role” in “his weird career by playing the title character.” He notes that while “the film is technically erratic”, there “are a couple of inspired bits”, including “the werewolf trapping someone in a fallen telephone booth”, which is “reminiscent of Marilyn Burns sitting inside an immobile locked car while a ghoul tries to shake it open in Night of the Living Dead and Tippi Hedren being trapped in a phone booth in The Birds.” It’s too bad a would-be subplot about Stockwell wandering into a secret government lab run by a concerned midget doctor (Michael Dunn) is dropped completely, since this could have added some interest to the film’s narrative:
Instead, we must rely entirely on our sympathy for poor Stockwell, who clearly knows he’s a danger to those around him but can’t manage to convince Washington to take him seriously.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Dean Stockwell as Jack Whittier
- Some effectively filmed low-budget sequences
No, but it’s recommended for one-time viewing.