“I know all about werewolves and their little problems.”
When a high school football player (Adam Arkin) travels to Transylvania with his father (Ed McMahon), he’s turned into a werewolf. Twenty years later, he returns to his high school and attempts to get help from a pretty vegetarian (Joanne Nail) in filming his transformation so he can get caught.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Alan Arkin Films
- High School
- Larry Cohen Films
This “no budget werewolf comedy” by cult director Larry Cohen — best known for helming It’s Alive (1974), God Told Me To / Demon (1976), and Q: The Winged Serpent (1982) — was originally meant to be a comedic take on I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957), but turned into its own cheesy brand of juvenile satire. Unfortunately, the humor on display here is exceedingly silly, and will only appeal to a certain type of audience member. With that said, I enjoyed all interactions between Arkin and Nail, whose plucky can-do horniness reminded me of Elizabeth Banks’ character in The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005).
Watch for Alan Arkin (Arkin’s real-life dad) in a bit role as an “insults-based” therapist called in to try to help.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Joanne Nail as Ricky
- A few mildly amusing lines: “Someone has broken in, and I may not like him.”
No; you can skip this one unless it sounds like your cup of tea.