Moon of the Wolf - Book of the Wolf
Thank you very much for having a cup of coffee with me, today, Louise (Barbara Rush). After the long day I've had, I defiantly need to sit down and talk to someone who I don't think is a murderer.
Well, I'm sure your brother Andrew (Bradford Dillman) has told you how I'm currently investigating the brutal slaying of Ella, over by the lake. And how I'm trying to piece together the circumstance's surrounding her mysterious demise.
Now at first I thought it might have been her strange looking brother, Lawrence (Geoffrey Lewis). Yet I'm happy to say it couldn't have been him.
is a left handed individual whereas her killer uses their right.
I then suspected my old friend, Doctor Druten (John Beradino). Especially when I eventually found out that he got Ella pregnant and tried to hide this fact away from me. But again -- no -- it couldn't have been him. I couldn't have been him despite my own personal reservations.
Still. I suppose that's why what next transpires all goes rather berserk, when I hear someone call out to me 'Sheriff Whitaker (David Janssen)!
Lawrence has just been
killed by a werewolf!'. As an investigation is lent a helping hand - can anyone
hear that mariachi band - a revelation is fearlessly no joke - and at the end
of the day, everything goes up in a wail of smoke.
I'm sure some of you out there are wondering to yourselves why I keep on reviewing these seventies television movies. Surmising that it might be a lot better for me -- plus my site -- if I spend my time reviewing much more modern flicks, instead of these antiquated slices' of cinema.
Now the way I see it 'Moon of the Wolf' justifies' my stance in more ways than one. Not only because it's a good-sold film which tells' a very intriguing murder-mystery. But in addition to this, you can also tell that the cast, the story, and the setting for this piece --
-- has made it into what it actually is.
And what might that be? Well, if you take the conceptual essence of such ongoing television series like 'Columbo' or 'Maverick', and then amalgamate this component into something like 'The X-Files', what you get in turn is this film in a can. Yeah. Straight up, dear reader! In my eyes this adventure has that intriguing manner of setting up the premise, allowing the characters to then unfold the plot, before relaying a fairly modest whodunit you can't help but want to follow. This adventure is just like any other cop drama made during this period, except its setting is more rural and timelier, plus it involves a werewolf.
Oh! And while I'm on the topic of the noted... ahem... werewolf. Yes. This character does look crap on screen. As I'm sure the makers of this movie purchased it from the then seventies version of ebay. Also, something else I wasn't too keen on either, is that although the cast did a brilliant job of conveying the overall narrative, there were a few instances where needless back-story held up the nuptials. Particularly those two 'wolf hunt' scenes, plus that sub-plot where Barbara's character told David's character about her recent history.
Overall I'd say 'Moon of The Wolf' is a very solid and interesting movie to sit down and watch. All of the actors in it were great. The story-line it ultimately put across was an evolving one. And as push comes to shove, the only thing that let this movie down was the fur off of the wolf's back.
THE RATING: B