April 11, 2014: Teen Wolf (1985)


Cast and Crew: Rod Daniel (Director); Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Lorie Griffin, Susan Ursitti

What It’s About: Teen Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) comes to terms with the fact that he has a genetic condition making him a werewolf, then uses his condition to achieve popularity and basketball success.  While the movie is not terribly good (the wolf makeup/costume looks too similar to Planet of the Apes, for one thing), it has inspired numerous sequels, from the cartoon I remember in 1986 to Teen Wolf Too, Teen Witch, and the recent Teen Wolf MTV series (which picked up on Twilight-era werewolf frenzy).  In other words, kids, sexy werewolves and sexy vampires and zombies and whatever that weird stuff is you’re watching and reading these days — your parents had it too.  Nihil sub sole novum.

Why Watch it Today?: April 11 is World Parkinson’s Day, dedicated to spreading awareness about Parkinson’s Disease.  Parkinson’s is a condition that Michael J. Fox actually has (unlike lycanthropy), and he has made use of his considerable fame as an actor to raise money for clinical research towards treatments and a cure for the disease.  Chances are you know someone whose family has been affected by Parkinson’s Disease.  Read more at the Fox Foundation website.

If you aren’t in the mood for Fox as Wolf, try one of his other classics, like Back to the Future (which was still making millions in theaters when Teen Wolf was released less than two months later) or Midnight Madness.


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