Saturday night on MeTV- no matter what the weather, one lady will definitely be wearing fur ( back off, PETA- not THAT kind)- when she becomes a supernatural creature, out to protect her family’s secrets in the 1944 chiller “Cry of the Werewolf”!
We join a tour of a museum of the supernatural, located in an old New Orleans mansion- specializing in exhibits about vampirism, voodoo, and lycanthropy. The last is especially relevant- the museum building was previously the home of Marie La Tour- a woman reputed to be a werewolf- who supposedly killed her husband in the mansion, then fled- never to be seen again! Dr. Charles Morris runs the museum, and his latest research has uncovered amazing facts about the house and the La Tour family, which he plans to reveal shortly to the world in a formal manuscript. It has such importance to him that he has called his son Bob to come home from Europe, so he can reveal what he has discovered to him before he informs the rest of the world. He assigns his lovely assistant Ilsa to meet Bob’s plane (perhaps due to their previous relationship?)- leaving him alone to fine-tune the results of his investigation.
Unfortunately, there is already someone who knows too much about the doctor’s plans-the museum‘s janitor, Jahn, who heads out to meet with the leader of his gypsy clan to sound the alarm. The beautiful head of the family- Princess Celeste- decides she must take matters into her own hands (or, maybe paws)- and pays a visit to the museum – resulting in tragic consequences!
Bob returns home, only to discover his father’s fate- and find the doctor’s revelatory manuscript severely charred in the fireplace! He and Ilsa know the doctor wouldn’t have burned it- and go about the unenviable task of trying to restore the document from its current ashen state. They are aided- or perhaps plagued- by local police who seem to think they have superior minds, and jump to the conclusion that Ilsa is their main suspect! Their own lab specialist says they should be looking for some kind of animal- but these expert lawmen scoff at the supernatural, and refuse to even consider werewolves as culprits. Bob finds connections to the old country, including the fact that both his Ilsa and janitor Jahn hail from there, and, in his pursuit of the truth, attracts the attention of Princess Celeste- whose history includes connection to Marie La Tour- as she hatches an evil scheme to keep gypsy family secrets from the world!
This film was originally going to be a sequel to Bela Lugosi’s “Return of the Vampire”- but was retooled into the werewolf idea instead, most likely influenced by the success of the movie “The Cat People”. In this film, the form of the werewolf is an actual wolf, not the more humanoid two-legged type like the Larry Talbot or Henry Hull version. We’ll introduce you to the cast, including the alluring Nina Foch, while we promote a way to trace your werewolf ancestry, bring you a song, and play our beloved drawing game –“Too Drawn Out”! Plus- as an added bonus- we’ll bring you highlights of our trip to the New York Comic Con to promote our comic book “Svengoolie Meets the DC Universe”! This features former DC publisher Dan DiDio before his recent departure from the company.
"Cry of the Werewolf” will be heard (and seen!) on Me-TV tonight at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central- and please feel free to check your local listings or www.metv.com for channel and time in your area. You can join the many Sven fans who live-Tweet on Twitter during the show, using the hashtag #svengoolie - which results in us trending among the most-tweeted-about topics most weeks. For Chicago area viewers, once again our encore on the U will be on earlier due to sports programming- the show featuring “The Monolith Monsters” airs once again this morning at 9.
Have you ordered the Svengoolie Studio Set yet? Sven fans are raving about finally having a Sven figure with his own coffin and to-scale rubber chicken (to scale? It isn’t a fish- or even the Chicken of the Sea)! We still have them in stock, so make sure to get yours before they are gone!
Check out the upcoming Sven appearances while you’re here on the website, too- there will be more coming up soon. We had a great time at the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention last weekend, and we will have highlights in future shows. We even got a nice mention in a Forbes article about the convention- just go to https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimryan1/2020/03/04/william-shatner-steals-c2e2plus-mark-ruffalo-adam-savage-the-boys-and-morefull-recap-and-photo-gallery/#55ad792efe5a
Join us tonight- when big girls don’t cry- but girl werewolves do!