The Eighties was a glorious time for horror. But it was also one of the best times for horror comedies. There was a great variety of horror comedy from PG rated family fare like Once Bitten and High Spirits to gore fests like Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn and everything in between, like the vastly underappreciated House with William Katt. On the mainstream Hollywood side, even heavy hitters at the time like Michael J. Fox were getting into films with a horror edge. Teen Wolf was released in 1985 and was a hit, becoming something of a bigger cult film once it hit videocassette. It was followed two years later by a sequel, Teen Wolf Too, this time starring TV favorite Jason Bateman. Both films are now getting the Collector’s Edition treatment from Shout! Factory.
Teen Wolf is the story of Scott Howard (Fox), a typical high schooler who is going through all the usual changes every teen at Beacontown High is going through. And then some. Scott discovers his family actually has a history of being different. And hairier. Scott can turn into a werewolf. And when the town finds out Scott actually becomes somewhat of a celebrity and finally finds the popularity he has always wanted in the halls and on the basketball court. But at what price?
Teen Wolf Too stars Jason Bateman as Todd Howard, a Hamilton University freshman with a full athletic scholarship, which is strange considering Todd has no interest in sports. But his boxing coach Mr. Finstock (Paul Sand) knows about Todd’s family secret and wants to use it to his advantage. And once everyone finds out Todd is a werewolf, his popularity skyrockets but Todd must find the right balance of happiness and popularity if he is to find his way through University.
The Teen Wolf movies are about as silly as you can get but they are also a hell of a lot of fun. Teen Wolf has the edge for featuring Michael J. Fox at the peak of his popularity and really giving the role his all. The writing is witty and fast paces, the makeup cool and the whole movie leaves you with a good Karate Kid-ish feeling. Teen Wolf Too is a slightly different story, it is essentially a clone of the first film in most respects only substituting the main actor and the setting from high school to university. But you do still have the charisma of Jason Bateman before his film career really took off and still some solid humor. All in all, these are both fun horror related comedies for the whole family to enjoy.
The Teen Wolf Collector’s Edition features a new high definition transfer and a fantastic 143 minute exhaustive documentary called Never. Say. Die. The Story of Teen Wolf. This doc is worth the price of the disc alone and is one of the best movie docs in recent memory. Teen Wolf Too features 4 great interview featurettes with the director and co-stars of the film as well as a look at the wardrobe with the costume designer. Both Blu-rays are welcome additions to any 80’s film collection and wholeheartedly recommended.