Don’t look now- but there’s a full moon tonight- and , appropriately, there’s also a very 70s werewolf on the prowl tonight- though we’ve often said “There’s no crying in werewolfery!”- we’ve still got “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” for you on Me-TV!
In this 1973 flick, a divorced dad takes his son on a fishing trip to a remote cabin in the woods. While taking an evening stroll, a werewolf attacks them, and the dad fights him off- getting bitten in the process (as opposed to bitten in the arm?). As they view the attacker, who was thrown over a cliff- he appears to be an ordinary man, impaled on part of a wooden fence! The local cops surmise that it was some deranged drifter- but the young son Richie insists that the attacker was an actual werewolf! Needless to say, everybody else scoffs at this.
When the dad returns Richie home to his mom, the boy is still sticking to his story- and soon, a psychiatrist surmises that the poor boy is imagining the monster in order to justify that his father has killed a man. He suggests that father and son return to the cabin for a nice quite visit (when in the history of horror flicks has THAT ever been a good idea?), where the boy will see that everything there is fine, and this will dispel his werewolf fears.
So- back they go- except- remember how dad got bitten in that scrap with the attacker? Well, it’s full moon time again- and, while his son goes down to the stream for some fishing, Dad suddenly starts to transform-and goes on the prowl for his first victim- his own son! The kid manages to escape- while Were-Dad begins a rampage, with innocent people meeting a gruesome end. As the nights of the full moon progress and the victim count increases, Richie not only hides to escape the monstrous creature-but also finally realizes that the werewolf is none other than his own father! Upon his return home, he tries to convince his mother of the fact- which brings about, eventually, another brilliant idea- how about if all THREE of them go to the cabin? Hmm… and it’s about a month later- full moon, anyone?
This is quite a werewolf tale with one of the most unusual looking wolfmen ever,(make-up by Thomas Burman, who also designed some of the “beast man” make-up for the 1977 “Island of Dr. Moreau”)-and the werewolf and his alter ego are played by Kerwin (not Berwyn) Mathews, whom we’ve seen on our show in past years as Sinbad! Young Richie, Scott Sealey, never made another movie after this- I wonder why?-while his hot mom, Elaine Devry, appeared in lots of television shows from the 1950s to the 90s!
Attention “Svensurround” fans- we originally did this show back when we always did one full segment of the movie in that amazing process- so be prepared for that! It’s a bit of hairy hilarity – amidst the dead –serious tale of “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf”- tonight on your Me-TV network at 10 pm eastern / 9 pm central/ 1am KOFY/ or, check local listings!
Earlier in the day, in Chicago’s viewing area, you can catch “House of Dracula”-with John Carradine and Lon Chaney Jr.- on the U- WCIU- at 11 am –and, on U Too at 3 pm – since I mentioned the make-up artist from tonight’s “werewolf” flick also worked on THIS one- it’s “Island of Dr. Moreau”!
Come back here to the blog tomorrow for some information about my next public appearance!