Scream of the Wolf
Now one of the main reasons why I've come here today, Byron (Clint Walker), is to ask you for some help with a rather peculiar problem I've been faced with.
Well, as you've most probably heard in the local press, there's been a strange series of murders taken place nearby. However, the culprit of this crime isn't your normal run of the mill serial killer. I'm afraid to say that after the local authorizes called me in to investigate this matter more closely, I've deduced that the killer in question is some sort of werewolf, who is able to rip apart his victims before fading away as soon as they've committed this devilish deed.
So what do you say, old pal? Will you help me track this fiend down? Come on. It'll be like old times. Me and you. Byron and John (Peter Graves). On the hunt again like we used to do all those many years ago!
Huh? What's that you say, my friend? No? You won't help me? Oh well. Fair enough. But then again, that's most probably why what next transpires suddenly kicks off when my girlfriend Sandy (Jo Ann Pflug) gets attacked, prompting me to investigate this case on my own. As Byron begins to act very strange - the National Guard gets called onto the range - an arm-wresting competition settles a score - and as the moon falls over the sky, a werewolf lets out a tremendous roar.
Now in my own honest opinion I'd have to say that 'Scream of the Wolf' is a fairly solid film to sit down and watch. Not only because all of the performances are reasonably unyielding throughout. But in addition to this the story-line is solidly structured in the telling, whilst being complimented by some rather straight forward camerawork and moody visual lighting.
Well, in no uncertain terms Clint was the 'star player' in my eyes. As he literately turned his usual 'man of the people' persona on its head, and just exhibited one of the most menacing characters I've ever seen him play on screen.
Honestly. There were a couple scenes in this flick that I thought he was off his bloody rocker. Spouting rather mannered and stoic phrases that'll make anyone crap their pants as soon as they heard them. Thankfully Peter Graves was able to hold his own against Mister Walker, and he too did a pretty nifty job of playing the main lead that needed some help with a werewolf dilemma he had to contend with.
Oh! And as for this 'werewolf dilemma', well, to be absolutely Frank about it, folks, it was fairly pedestrian I suppose. It wasn't too menacing. Not until the notion came into play that Clint's character might somehow be behind it.
Overall I'd say 'Scream of the Wolf' is a very nice seventies film to watch. Everything about it was fairly solid, including the acting, the story, and the general production values. In fact, I think it's such a solid flick; it would be a pretty good idea if someone decided to remake it in the near future.
Hint-Hint! Nuff said.
THE RATING: B