In a small Cajun town on the Louisiana bayou, a pack of wild dogs howla in the night. The body of a young girl is found viciously murdered on the property of a wealthy family. The townspeople belive the feral dogs are to b... more »lame, but as the killing increase, it becomes evident this is a mystery that holds long buried secrets. Andrew Rodanthe(Bradford Dillman) and his wife Louise(Barbara Rush)are the owners of the back woods home of the murder girl.« less
Cheesy but fun early 70s made-for-TV horror/mystery about a rural Louisiana sheriff (played by David Janssen of "The Fugitive" fame) whose small town is plagued by werewolf trouble. Not bad, but nothing I'll ever watch again. (Yes, this was another Dollar Store DVD.)
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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."
"Tonight on the A.B.C. Monday night movie"
John D. Page | usa | 04/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yeap,found another of the movies I loved as a kid. Well in truth I've had this one for years(and many times over, I have it in at least four different mega movie packs),bit this is the best copy I have of this corny but effective "Werewolf" chiller from the 70's. David Janssen(the Original "Fugitive" and a long time favorite of mine) leads the cast as a southern sheriff looking into a rash of killings in his town. There is a level of carnage about the killings that points more toward an animal than a man. Nothing great here to be sure,but it does have a very sinister feel about the investigation as the leads start pointing to something supernatural, and the attacks step up. As for the cheese factor, sure it's a 70's T.V. movie, it's going to look fake. If you don't want to pay this much buy one of those mega movie packs and get 49 other movies for about $20.00. "
Great Time Passer
twalsh9097 | Roswell, Georgia USA | 11/18/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I originally owned a two-pack VHS of both Moon of the Wolf & Scream of the Wolf, and I recently got both of them on DVD. Moon of the Wolf is a great film to pass the time with, even if the monster looks very similar to Lon Chaney in the "Wolfman". I recomend this movie to anyone who is a fan of early horror movies like myself."