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I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 19 June 1957 (USA)
A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf.

Director:

Gene Fowler Jr.

Writers:

Herman Cohen (original story) (as Ralph Thornton), Aben Kandel (original story) (as Ralph Thornton) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Tony Rivers
Yvonne Lime ... Arlene Logan
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Alfred Brandon
Charles Willcox Charles Willcox ... Jimmy (as Tony Marshall)
Dawn Richard Dawn Richard ... Theresa
Barney Phillips ... Detective Donovan
Ken Miller Ken Miller ... Vic
Cynthia Chenault ... Pearl (as Cindy Robbins)
Michael Rougas Michael Rougas ... Frank
Robert Griffin ... Police Chief P.F. Baker
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Dr. Hugo Wagner
Malcolm Atterbury ... Charles Rivers
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Doyle
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Pepe the Janitor
Louise Lewis ... Principal Ferguson
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Storyline

A troubled teenager seeks help through hypnotherapy, but his evil doctor uses him for regression experiments that transform him into a rampaging werewolf. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood of the Werewolf See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Bear Lake, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$82,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to producer Herman Cohen, Jack Nicholson was turned down for the lead role, because he was "the wrong type". Nicholson later played a werewolf in Wolf (1994). See more »

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The night-time stalking scenes obviously were shot during daylight, like when the teenager leaves the party at night and walks in the forest. This is often done in film and television - it's a technique known as "Day-for-night". However, it is often done better in some films than in others. When it's obvious that the "night" scene was filmed in the daytime, you KNOW it was not one of the better "day-for-night" efforts. See more »

Quotes

Dr Alfred Brandon: I'm going to TRANSFORM him, and unleash the savage instincts that lie hidden within... and then I'll be judged the benefactor. Mankind is on the verge of destroying itself. The only hope for the human race is to hurl it back into its primitive norm, to start all over again. What's one life compared to such a triumph?
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Soundtracks

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Blaine
Sung by Ken Miller (uncredited)
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Teenage Angst at it's best
3 January 2007 | by lejendmiSee all my reviews

I first saw this when I was about 14 and I immediately felt it was one of the best horror movies I had ever seen! Forget that- I thought it was one of the best MOVIES I had ever seen. I saw it again at around 50 and couldn't believe I felt that way! But I do recall that I totally related to the "angst" and mental torment Michael Landon's character expressed- the alienation from everyone, especially parents and older people, the intensity, loneliness and longing for...something. Landon's moodiness and range in something other than "Little Joe" or "Little House on the Prarie" romanticized optimism roles showed he had more to offer than we typically saw. It definitely was one of the best of the "I was a teenage..." genre.


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