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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Werewolf of Washington (1973)

Is the Pentagon or the Pentagram behind this heinous attempt at political satire/horror?  Reviews for this one on IMDB are all over the place.  I saw Werewolf of Washintgon as part of Elvira's Movie Macabre show where she adds her pity comments to the film from time to time.  To be honest, Elvira's comments were much more entertaining than the film itself.

I had high hopes for this low budget flick since the star of Werewolf was Dean Stockwell [Quantum Leap].  Alas, he gave it his best but it just didn't work for me.  Werewolf is sometimes unintentionally funny as well as intentionally funny.  I laughed from time to time but the laughs were few and far between.

Secondly, the make up job on Stockwell is simply horrible, especially the transformation scenes.  They did it better in the 40's!  Not to mention he takes off his shoes before his transformation but, inexplicably, his tailored suit fits fine once he's in full wolf mode.  He looks a bit like a furry John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.  Scary?  Hardly.  Funny?  Somewhat.

I'm definitely the kind of guy who can appreciate a "so bad, it's good" kind of movie.  But Werewolf in Washington is just plain bad.  The idea behind this film is good.  It's simply executed too poorly to be enjoyed.

RATING: Bad.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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