Sorry for the delay, everyone! Mitch Mittens had an emergency but now he is ready and leaves typing! This past week, you CInsomniacs provided me with many interesting choices. When it came down to it I chose to review I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957) and THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF (1973) provided by CInsomniacs Matthew Fox and Michael O’Manion.
I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957) stars a familiar face that some of you may know. Put your hands and leaves together for MICHAEL LANDON aka Little Joe from Bananza aka Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. Only this time around Landon isn’t the youngest cowboy in the Cartwright family or a father struggling to raise his family. No, this time, before those, he was a TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
Michael plays 50’s “troubled teenager” Tony Rivers. Rivers is known for his temper and recommended by the town’s detective that Tony see’s a psychologist for his anger issues and his girlfriend Arlene agrees. However, It’s not until he beats the tar out of his best friend at a Halloween Party as a result of surprising him, that he gives into their suggestions and goes see the doctor. (Inserts creepy warning music of something wicked coming this way)
Dr. Brandon-psychologist, hypnotist, and overall bad guy, proceeds to hypnotize Tony and comes to the conclusion that he is perfect to use an experimental drug which regresses a person to their primal instincts. Despite his assistant Dr. Wagner’s protests, Dr. Brandon goes ahead with his experiments, turning Tony into a wild Werewolf.
We witness a few “killings,” Tony catching onto the fact something is terribly wrong and going back to Dr. Brandon for help (why, why why,) and him getting caught in Werewolf form. I won’t spoil the ending but it doesn’t end well for Little Joe…I mean Tony.
The next film I saw was THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF (1973). For those of you who have seen this movie, you’ll understand my next statement. For those who haven’t, still read. I was tempted to count amount of times the kid Richie whines and claims his father is a werewolf. It seemed as if every 5-10 minutes after his dad was bitten, that’s all he would say to anyone. Hmmm….maybe I should, but time is of the essense!
The story is about a recently divorced father Robert Bridgestone, played by KERWIN MATHEWS, takes his son up to the mountains to their family cabin, not realizing a werewolf lurks in the woods around the area. After they unpack, they decide to take a walk outside after dark (bad idea). The werewolf attacks Robert and there is a huge scuffle, leaving Robert with a huge bite on his arm and the dead werewolf. We then witness countless minutes of the boy trying to get the adults to believe the perpetrator was a werewolf and the adults of course not believing him, blames it on his “wild imagination.” Yeah, wild does not even cover it.
Question though: If you were attacked by a guy covered in massive hair with the slight resemblance of a wolf, wouldn’t you put two and two together and admit you were attacked by a werewolf? Another question: After you were attacked by said beast and all of a sudden you had missing pieces in your memory, waking up in strange places, and all of these happening under a full moon-wouldn’t you think something is wrong? Apparently Robert did not think this through.
I won’t say what else happens except it involves hippies, a hippie exorcism, more Richie talking about his father being a werewolf, and people getting their heads chopped off and bodies ripped apart. The ending, much like I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF, does not end well.
My final standings (drum roll please): I give I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF 6 out of 10 Hypnotic Eyes. It’s Little Joe and I understood the way the film was and how it was carried out. For THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF I gave it the same rate because sometimes you have to look past the kid and Robet not realizing something was wrong in the first place, in order to see a pretty good film. Have any more Cinsomniacs or Sleepless Knights tuned into these films? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Do you agree with the rating? Would you like Mitch Mittens to do another review in the middle of the week? Leave your comments or private massage and let us know! If you have a suggestion of another film for MITCH MITTENS to review, leave it in the comments. Thank you for “tuning in” and come back next week for another MITCH MITTENS REVIEWS!