I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) 76min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 19 June 1957 (USA) Summary: A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf.
Countries: USALanguages: English

Go find your own MST3K copy of this. Or, you know, don’t. It’s up to you, but you’ll never know what you’ve missed out on, despite the not-so-cryptic notes to follow!

We watched this movie. Then we discussed this movie. We discussed this movie several times. And genuinely, not until this very minute when I looked at the IMDb writeup, this is the first time that I can be reasonably sure that the sinister doctor did mad science on a teen who didn’t fit into his cultural position to actively cause him to become an actual werewolf. Rather than the doctor doing innocent hypnosis and the regression causing the poor lad to lose control.

So here is a young man, who gets into a lot of fights. He throws a lot of milk, too. He is an angry young man. He does not like to conform and that makes him wrong, of course. His father never remarried after his mother died and in one truly extraordinary scene he waxes softly lyrical about how he should have married again so that his son had a mother to raise him. Wow. So profound.

Anyway, turning him into a werewolf doesn’t really help with the anger issues. He is instantly recognised by his jacket alone. The rest of the movie does not go so well for him.

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