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|Moon of the Wolf|
Actors: David Janssen, Barbara Rush, Bradford Dillman, John Beradino, Geoffrey Lewis
Director: Daniel Petrie
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense
The body of a young girl is found on the property of a wealthy family in a small cajun town in the Louisiana bayou. Sheriff Whitaker played by David Janssen (The Fugitive) tries to solve the mystery of the brutal murder. ... more »
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Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 6/16/2013...
This movie was pretty good but kind of dated. Was made in 1972, must have been one of David Janssens first movies after his The Fugative series. Movie was good and clean and not too scary. 3 1/2 stars.
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How's it bayou?
Robert S. Clay Jr. | St. Louis, MO., USA | 06/04/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Based on a novel by Leslie Whitten, this made-for-TV thriller blends a murder-mystery with an old-fashioned werewolf story. David Janssen is the southern sheriff with a string of bloody murders on his hands. An incoherent, bed-ridden old man down on the bayou babbles in a Cajun dialect of something that sounds like "luke-a-ruke." As the victims pile up, the sheriff finally learns that the old man is saying "Werewolf!" (loup garou). This movie is a mixed blessing. Most of the script devotes itself to fathoming the mystery, and red herrings abound. Time is also spent on the subplot of a mild flirtation between Janssen and Barbara Rush. She is of the local gentry, and her brother disapproves of Janssen's attentiveness. About 59 minutes into the 73-minute film, the movie shifts gears and the horror elements finally kick in. The local Larry Talbot suffers a peculiar genetic malady that usually can be controlled by drugs. Things get serious one night when the moon is full, and a young girl is brutally murdered. The fright makeup looks as if it came from a shopping mall Halloween shop. Where is Jack Pierce when you need him? Nevertheless, there is some suspense. As the werewolf pounds on the door, Rush barricades herself into the spooky antebellum mansion. There are no silver bullets to report, but there is a handy pistol with sanctified cartridges that have been blessed. Great foresight on someone's part. The '70s cars and clothes add to the modest budget look of the movie. Die-hard fans of horror thrillers should be pleased. Others beware. ;-)"
A CHILLING SOUTHERN GOTHIC
K. Jump | Corbin, KY United States | 12/31/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the novel of the same name by author Les Whitten, MOON OF THE WOLF is a surprisingly well-crafted made-for-TV thirller from the 70s. Now available in a number of video versions, this is a little-known but quite serviceable production of some merit. Set in the isolated Louisiana marshland, the story revolves around the local Sheriff's efforts to uncover the truth behind a young girl's mysterious and grisly death. Was she killed by wild dogs, or by an ex-lover's revenge? Acting is very good all-around, with David Janssen well-cast as the no-nonsense but likeable sheriff and Barbara Rush as the Southern Belle with a few secrets of her own. The script is good, and the suspense methodically rises as the story progresses. The only real weakness, as is often the case with low-budget horror films, is the monster make-up. The eponymous werewolf doesn't look anything like the creature in the DVD art, but at least the director has the sense to keep the monster in the shadows most of the time so that the viewer's imagination can take up the slack. The climax is something of a surprise, even if you've read the novel, as the hero in the end isn't exactly who you think it's going to be. Splatterpunks won't find what they're looking for here, but those who can enjoy a good mystery or a decent little scary movie should be satisfied. Much better than its rather unfortunate reputation, MOON OF THE WOLF is worth a look."
Mint Juleps, a Mystery, and Great Actors
M, Compulsive Reader | Santa Cruz, CA | 05/21/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Mixed emotions -- fine actors doing fine acting in a surprisingly well-done movie I usualy wouldn't hold still for. Janssen at his classic best a competent sheriff, decent man. Barbara Rush charming as self-confessed heiress raised to do nothing. Well worth watching."