BAD MOON REVIEWED
“Bad Moon” is a mess of a movie, but it reminds me of the past. Specifically times where I was still sneaking into R rated movies just for the experience. Seeing a wide array of good, great and awful movies helped me gain a greater appreciation of 90s cinema. Unfortunately, my biggest memory of “Bad Moon” is going to sleep in the theater and almost getting locked in for the night. But, would a director’s cut improve this film and keep me awake?
The answer is not quite. Eric Red is a better writer than director, but his choice of source novel adaptation set the film up to fail. It’s a weird setup to have a dog movie about a werewolf, but it almost pulls it off. Tonally it’s closer to “Silver Bullet” than “The Wolf Man”, but that doesn’t help overcome Pare and Hemingway’s sketchy acting. It’s great to watch the film to get that cult horror feel of the era. But, even the film’s nature makes it seem like something from the late 1980s. So, if you enjoy your werewolf movies always feeling slightly off…this is for you.
- Both cuts of the film
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 7/19/2016
The Plot Thus Far
Full, crescent, quarter…each is a Bad Moon for Ted Harrison. By day, he’s a photojournalist visiting family in the Pacific Northwest. By night, he transfigures into a horrific half-human: a werewolf. Dead men tell no tales, so Ted’s sure he alone knows about his vile double life. The secret, however, may be out. The family dog Thor, devoted to defending the household, has his suspicions.
Writer/director Eric Red (Cohen and Tate, Body Parts) delivers a new infusion of thrills with this red blooded shocker. Michael Pare (Streets of Fire) portrays Ted, hiding his accursed condition from his sister (Mariel Hemmingway, Lipstick, Star 80) and nephew (Mason Gamble). What better way to hide it than to create suspicion that the local killings are the work of another: especially if that other is the family’s all-too-wise German shepherd!