Sunday, March 18, 2012
SCREAM OF THE WOLF (1974)
Peter Graves, best known to me as that guy from MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and the voice of the BIOGRAPHY series, stars here as a hunter investigating a series of strange murders that the public think is a werewolf. This is a TV movie so most of the kill scenes take place off-screen and there's no blood to be seen, also no nudity. What they try to do instead of that stuff is fill the movie with some interesting plot devices. Like what if, unlike just about every other werewolf movie, a guy was really happy to be a wolfman and had no remorse about it? Or what if there were actual motives for our monster attacks?
The film was directed by Dan Curtis who was responsible for tons of famous TV stuff like DARK SHADOWS and TRILOGY OF TERROR and has the feel of your standard 70's TV stuff with a twist ending that wraps things up in a familiar style. The main problem with the ending is that it takes away most of the horror movie elements and leaves things with more of a thriller conclusion. Not terrible for a TV movie but not something I'd recommend unless you're a big fan of 70's style kitschiness.