October Positivity: Crime of the Age (dir by Dave Christiano)


“Do you like carrots?”

The question gets asked a lot over the course of the 1988 film, Crime of the AgeCrime of the Age deals with the theft of a book.  The director of the local Christian summer camp discovers that someone broke into his office and stole a book called How To Be A Christian.  The only clue is a carrot, which was left behind by the thief.

When the Detective (played by Keith Salter, who has previously played the world’s most obnoxious atheist in The Daylight Zone) shows up, he takes a look at the carrot.  He realizes that the carrot is the only clue that he and the Director have towards solving a very serious crime.  As the Detective explains it, only someone on staff could have stolen the book.  And that means that one of the staff members is …. wait for it …. NOT A CHRISTIAN!

*Cue the Dramatic Music*

No, seriously, I’m not kidding.  There are a lot of dramatic music cues in this film.

The Detective proceeds to interview the rest of the staff.  He asks them all if they saw anything suspicious.  He asks them what they were doing the previous night.  He asks them all if they like carrots.  Every member of the staff says that they saw someone else going into the director’s office.  Every member says that they like carrots.  Every member reveals something that leads the Detective to doubt their faith.

“That’s odd,” the detective says to himself, after one interview, “A Christian who only listens to music.”

“That’s odd,” the detective says after another interview, “A Christian who doesn’t like to go to church.”

After talking to the Groundskeeper, the detective says to himself, “That’s odd.  A Christian who doesn’t care about sin.”

You may be getting the feeling that this is a bit of repetitive movie and indeed, the dialogue is made up of about five or six lines that are continually repeated from scene to scene.  On the one hand, the structure mirrors any number of Biblical parables.  On the other hand, it doesn’t make the conversations sound any less awkward.  Of the suspects, the Groundskeeper is the only one who manages to project any sort of individual personality and that’s because he seems to be so genuinely annoyed with the whole thing.  While everyone else is very polite about being asked if they like carrots, the Groundskeeper replies, “Yeah, I like carrots!” with a tone that suggests that he’s prepared to throw a punch over it.

This is another early Christian film from the Christiano Brothers.  Like almost all of their films, the film is disguised as a genre film but the main message is that everyone is one misstep away from going to Hell.  If you’re not excited about going to Church, you’re going to Hell.  If you don’t talk about your faith with everyone you meet, you’re going to Hell.  If you only listen to music, you’re going to Hell.  And I presume that if you steal a book, you’ll be going there as well.  Despite the film’s attempts at comedy, it’s a bit of a harsh message.  For the most part, the cast looks like they had fun shooting the film and that’s always a plus.  But I have to confess that I’ve never liked carrots.

Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 10/3/22 — 10/9/22


As the first full week of Horrorthon comes to a close, here’s what I watched, read, and listened to over the past 7 days!

Films I Watched:

  1. Black Eagle (1988)
  2. Conquest (1983)
  3. Chopping Mall (1986)
  4. Dr. Orloff’s Monster (1964)
  5. House on Haunted Hill (1958)
  6. Let’s Get Harry (1986)
  7. Massacre at Dinosaur Valley (1985)
  8. Orloff Against The Invisible Man (1970)
  9. Robot Monster (1953)
  10. The Shootist (1976)
  11. Snowbeast (1977)
  12. Studio 666 (2022)
  13. Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman (2021)
  14. Terrifier (2016)
  15. X (2022)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. Atlanta
  4. Bachelor in Paradise
  5. Full House
  6. Ghosts
  7. Hell’s Kitchen
  8. Inspector Lewis
  9. Interview with a Vampire
  10. Law & Order
  11. Law & Order: Organized Crime
  12. Law & Order: SVU
  13. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  14. Night Flight
  15. The Real Love Boat
  16. Survivor
  17. Talking Dead
  18. The Walking Dead

Books I Read:

  1. The Adult Version of Dracula (1970) by Hal Kantor  (and NOT Ed Wood, as some claim)
  2. The Family (2002) by Ed Sanders
  3. Heat 2 (2022) by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner
  4. One Evil Summer (1994) by R.L. Stine
  5. The Secret Bedroom (1991) by R.L. Stine

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Annie Lennox
  3. Barry Adamson
  4. Britney Spears
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  7. David Bowie
  8. Depeche Mode
  9. Goblin
  10. Hans Zimmer
  11. Jakalope
  12. Jake Bugg
  13. John Carpenter
  14. John Williams
  15. Katy Perry
  16. Kedr Livanskiy
  17. Kid Rock
  18. Lynard Skynard
  19. Muse
  20. Nine Inch Nails
  21. Public Service Broadcasting
  22. Saint Motel
  23. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Live Tweets:

  1. Black Eagle
  2. The Shootist
  3. Let’s Get Harry
  4. Snowbeast

Trailers:

  1. 6 Horrific Trailers For October 9th, 2022
  2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  3. Violent Night

Horror On The Lens:

  1. Robot Monster
  2. A Cold Night’s Death
  3. The Naked Witch
  4. Manos: The Hands of Fate
  5. Night Stalker
  6. Night Strangler
  7. The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer

Horror on TV:

  1. Ghost Story 1.3 “At The Cradle Foot”
  2. Ghost Story 1.4 “Bad Connection”
  3. Ghost Story 1.5 “The Summer House”
  4. Ghost Story 1.6 “Alter Ego”
  5. Ghost Story 1.7 “Half A Death”
  6. Ghost Story 1.8 “House of Evil”
  7. Ghost Story 1.9 “Cry of the Cat”

4 Shots From Horror History

  1. Early 50s
  2. Mid 50s
  3. Late 50s
  4. Early 60s
  5. Mid 60s
  6. Late 60s
  7. Early 70s

Horror Scenes That I Love:

  1. The War of the Worlds
  2. Creature From The Black Lagoon
  3. The House on Haunted Hill
  4. The Awful Dr. Orlof
  5. The Birds
  6. Night of the Living Dead
  7. Dracula A.D. 1972

News From Last Week:

  1. Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Charles Fuller Dead at 83
  2. Feisty First Lady of Country Music Lorretta Lynn Dies At 90
  3. Love Goddess comedian Judy Tenuta dies at 72
  4. Radio host Bernie McGuirk dead at 64
  5. Box Office: ‘Smile’ Outpacing ‘Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile’ for No. 1 as ‘Amsterdam’ Bombs
  6. Late-night comedy flounders in ratings as Colbert, Kimmel, others openly root for Democrats, shred Republicans

Links From Last Week:

  1. In Memoriam: Antonio Inoki (1943-2022)
  2. Do The “Monster Mash” With Vincent Price For “Shocktober 2022” – Here’s The Hilarious Video!
  3. Favorite Campy Horror Films
  4. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 10/8/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Leonard shared trailers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Violent Night!
  2. Case reviewed Thirsty, Missing, Selfie From Hell, Witch Hunt, The Sky, and FWD!
  3. Erin shared Ghosts Are Coming, Frankenstein’s Monster, Trashcan Man, Boogeyman, Kingdom of Spiders, At Night, and Trees In The Night!
  4. Erin took a look at The Spectacular Covers of Startling Stories!
  5. Erin had some thoughts on baseball: Congratulations to the Phillies, Aaron Judge Gets 62, Another Rangers Season Comes To An End, Go Mariners, Congratulations the Seattle Mariners On The Best Comeback of The Postseason, and As The Wild Card Ends The Padres Advance!
  6. Jeff shared music videos from Alice Cooper, Lulabox, Danzig, King Kobra, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Grim Reaper, and Ramones!
  7. Jeff played Under the Bridge, The Pool, Use Your Psychic Powers at Applebee’s, Ghost Town, Ink, Nose Bleed, and Thanatophobia!
  8. Jeff reviewed Attack of the 50 Foot Camgirl, Biohazard, Ed and his Dead Mother, Creepozoids, The Zero Boys, Vampire in Vegas, and Invasion of the Pod People!
  9. Jeff shared a great moment from comic book history and a great moment from television history!
  10. I reviewed some horror films: Night of the Ghouls, Scream of the Wolf, The City of the Dead, Audrey Rose, House of the Dead, Death Ship, The Amityville Horror, Dolls, The Wasp Woman, Food of the Gods, Orloff Against The Invisible Man, The Caller, H.P. Lovecraft’s Monster Portal, Conquest, Children of the Corn, Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman, Dr. Orloff’s Monster, The Four Troublesome Heads, Child’s Play, The Bunker Game, Massacre in Dinosaur Valley, and Dark Was The Night!
  11. I read The Secret Bedroom, Bad Dreams, and The I-5 Killer!
  12. I shared some October Positivity: The Pretender, The Crossing, Nite Song, The Daylight Zone, The Appointment, Early Warning, and End of the Harvest!
  13. I also reviewed Black Eagle and A Jazzman’s Blues!
  14. I took a look at Hang Time, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, City Guys, One World, and California Dreams!
  15. I shared my week in television and an AMV of the Day!

More From Us:

  1. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared Lucretia My Reflection!
  2. I had many interesting dreams this week: Last Night’s Letter Dream, Last Night’s Golf Dream, Last Night’s Britney Spears Dream, Last Night’s Apartment Dream, Last Night’s Theatrical Dream, Last Night’s Restaurant and Train Station Dream, and Last Night’s Shopping For Candy Dream!
  3. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I wrote about the latest episodes of The Amazing Race and Survivor!
  4. At my music site, I shared songs from Annie Lennox, John Carpenter, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Nine Inch Nails, Goblin, and John Williams!
  5. At her photography site, Erin shared Crying, Sunset, The Burning Sky, Birds, Birds 2, Birds 3, and Birds 4!
  6. At Pop Politics, Jeff wrote about the Berlin Wall, Let’s Go Brandon, the funniest political commercial of the midterms, Ben Sasse, Dwayne Johnson, Armageddon, and Kanye West!
  7. For SyFyDesigns, I shared: Happy Mean Girls Day, Hi Elon, Get Ready To Party, I Am Exhausted, A Little Poetry, That’s What I Get For Being Hopeful, and Tomorrow!
  8. For Horror Critic, I reviewed Chopping Mall, Llamageddon, We Summon the Darkness, Kung Fu Zombie, Kung Fu From Beyond The Grave, Goke Body Snatcher From Hell, and Plague of the Zombies!

Want to check out last week?  Click here!

Horror On TV: Ghost Story 1.9 “Cry of the Cat” (dir by Arnold Laven)


On tonight’s episode of Ghost Story, a rodeo is terrorized by a series of cougar attacks.  Could it have anything to do with the cat-like wife of rodeo star Doug McClure?

This episode originally aired on November 24th, 1972 and it is kind of silly but …. hey, it’s Doug McClure.  It doesn’t get more early 70s than Doug McClure.

Enjoy!

As the Wild Card ends, the Padres Advance


Congratulations to the San Diego Padres who, today, won the final game of MLB Wild Card playoffs when they defeated the Mets, 6-0!  With the Mets now eliminated from the post-season (which means that we won’t be getting a second Yankees/Mets World Series), the Padres are moving on to play the Dodgers in the Divisional Playoffs.

For the record, even though they didn’t advance today, the Mets still have my favorite mascot of all the teams that did make the postseason:

Congratulations to all the advancing teams!

The TSL’s Horror Grindhouse: Night of the Ghouls (dir by Edward D. Wood, Jr.)


Night of the Ghouls (1958, dir by Edward D. Wood, Jr)

From the one and only Edward D. Wood, Jr. …. it’s Night of the Ghouls!

Night of the Ghouls begins with Criswell, the “psychic” who also provided the introduction for Wood’s best known film, Plan 9 From Outer Space, sitting up in a coffin and telling us that we’re about to see a film about the dead and the problems of everyday Americans. This is followed by one of Wood’s trademark stock footage montages. Cars crash. Teenagers fight. Drunken bums stare at the camera. It’s a scary world out there!

And it’s about to get scarier. The police have received reports that a deserted old mansion that was previously destroyed by lightning has been rebuilt! Lt. Dan Bradford (Duke Moore) is assigned to investigate the case with the help of cowardly Patrolman Kelton (Paul Marco). Bradford was called away from the opera so he wanders through the entire film in a tuxedo. Apparently, this case is so important that he couldn’t even change clothes before investigating.

Anyway, it turns out that the house has been rebuilt by Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan), who wears a turban and claims that he can speak to the dead. Acula lives in the house with his silent and scarred assistant, Lobo (Tor Johnson). A typical Dr. Acula seance involves a floating trumpet playing off-key, several skeletons sitting at a table, and a mysterious woman in white. Acula says that the house is full of spirits but it turn out that Acula is juts a guy named Karl and that even the woman in white is just an actress that he hired. ACULA’S A FRUAD!

Well, fraud or not, it turns out that Acula is right about one thing. There are actual ghosts in the house and it turns out that they’re not happy about the house’s new inhabitant!

Night of the Ghouls (1960, dir by Ed Wood)

Night of the Ghouls was filmed in 1959 but it went largely unreleased, largely because Wood didn’t have the money to pay off the lab fees. The film was erroneously thought to be lost until 1984, seven years after Wood’s passing. That was when a fan named Wade Williams discovered that a copy of the film was still being held by the post-production house. Williams paid the overdue lab fees and the film was finally released.

Night of the Ghouls is a typical Ed Wood film, which is to say that it’s in black-and-white, it’s extremely low budget, and it’s a lot of fun even though it’s not very good. The film’s plot has a make-it-up-as-you-go feel to it and, with a running time of only 70 minutes, it’s over before you can get too bored. While the cast may be largely inept, they’re also rather enthusiastic and it’s hard not to enjoy watching them try their best to sell Wood’s uniquely overbaked dialogue. The film also features not one but two appearances from Ed Wood himself! Not only is his picture hanging on the wall of the police station but Wood himself appears as a female ghoul.

Finally, fans of Ed Wood will also be happy to know that Night of the Ghouls contains references to both Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 From Outer Space, establishing that the Ed Wood cinematic universe existed long before Marvel made their first movie.

Great Moments In Television History #24: Siskel and Ebert Recommend Horror Films


Film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were not usually thought of as being fans of the horror genre, with Gene going so far as to tell his viewers to write to Betsy Palmer to tell her how upset they were over her appearing in Friday the 13th.

Despite this, in 1988, Siskel and Ebert devoted an entire episode of their show to recommending horror films that they felt were overlooked when first released.  And I have to say, they actually mentioned some good ones.

From 1988, Siskel and Ebert discuss “hidden horrors:”

Previous Moments In Television History:

  1. Planet of the Apes The TV Series
  2. Lonely Water
  3. Ghostwatch Traumatizes The UK
  4. Frasier Meets The Candidate
  5. The Autons Terrify The UK
  6. Freedom’s Last Stand
  7. Bing Crosby and David Bowie Share A Duet
  8. Apaches Traumatizes the UK
  9. Doctor Who Begins Its 100th Serial
  10. First Night 2013 With Jamie Kennedy
  11. Elvis Sings With Sinatra
  12. NBC Airs Their First Football Game
  13. The A-Team Premieres
  14. The Birth of Dr. Johnny Fever
  15. The Second NFL Pro Bowl Is Broadcast
  16. Maude Flanders Gets Hit By A T-Shirt Cannon
  17. Charles Rocket Nearly Ends SNL
  18. Frank Sinatra Wins An Oscar
  19. CHiPs Skates With The Stars
  20. Eisenhower In Color
  21. The Origin of Spider-Man
  22. Steve Martin’s Saturday Night Live Holiday Wish List
  23. Barnabas Collins Is Freed From His Coffin

Great Moments In Comic Book History #28: Iron Man Meets Thanos and Drax The Destroyer


50 years ago, in Iron Man #55, both Drax the Destroyer and Thanos made their first appearances.

Iron Man #55 opens with Drax the Destroyer being held prisoner on Thanos’s mobile prison planet.  This Drax is far different from the Drax who became famous as a result of being a part of the MCU.  This Drax is a former Earthling who was killed by Thanos but then resurrected and given one mission, to kill Thanos.  There’s nothing funny, not even unintentionally, about his Drax.  Knowing that Drax will not stop until he has destroyed him, Thanos has chained Drax up and spends his spare time taunting him.  Just because Thanos is evil, that doesn’t make him smart.

Drax sends out a mental message to Iron Man, despite the fact that he and Iron Man have never met.  Tony Stark agrees to help Drax because Drax’s messages are so powerful that Tony can’t even attend a business meeting.  After suiting up as Iron Man, Stark flies out to Thanos’s prison planet.  Along the way, Drax tells him the abbreviated details of Thanos’s origin and Thanos’s love of death.

Iron Man’s fist meeting with Thanos is not particularly auspicious.

Thanos thinks so little of Iron Man that he assigns the moronic aliens known as the Blood Brothers to battle Iron Man.  Iron Man is able to free Drax, the Blood Brothers are easily defeated, and Thanos makes a hasty retreat.  Drax thanks Iron Man, shakes his hand, and then heads after Thanos.  And I suppose Iron Man gets back to Earth somehow.

Thanos and Drax were created by Jim Starlin, who wasn’t even Iron Man’s regular writer.  When the planned story for Iron Man #55 ended up running behind schedule, Starlin was assigned to create a filler story.  Thanos and Drax were both characters that Starlin had invented for a planned-but-never-written sci-fi epic in college.  Starlin reused them and their origins in Iron Man #55.

Though thrown together at the last minute, Iron Man #55 predicted the future of Marvel in a way that, even at the time, few realized.  When Starlin took over Captain Marvel, he reused both Drax and Thanos and crafted an epic space opera that was later reused during phase one of the MCU.  For all the credit that was given to Kevin Feige, the Russo brothers, Stan Lee, and countless others, the MCU owes much of its success to Jim Starlin.

And it all began with Iron Man #55 running behind schedule.

IRON MAN #55 (October, 1972)
Writer: Jim Starlin/Mike Friedrich
Penciler: Jim Starlin
Inker: Mike Esposito
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Roy Thomas

Previous Great Moments In Comic Book History:

  1. Winchester Before Winchester: Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #45 “Ghost Dance” 
  2. The Avengers Appear on David Letterman
  3. Crisis on Campus
  4. “Even in Death”
  5. The Debut of Man-Wolf in Amazing Spider-Man
  6. Spider-Man Meets The Monster Maker
  7. Conan The Barbarian Visits Times Square
  8. Dracula Joins The Marvel Universe
  9. The Death of Dr. Druid
  10. To All A Good Night
  11. Zombie!
  12. The First Appearance of Ghost Rider
  13. The First Appearance of Werewolf By Night
  14. Captain America Punches Hitler
  15. Spider-Man No More!
  16. Alex Ross Captures Galactus
  17. Spider-Man And The Dallas Cowboys Battle The Circus of Crime
  18. Goliath Towers Over New York
  19. NFL SuperPro is Here!
  20. Kickers Inc. Comes To The World Outside Your Window
  21. Captain America For President
  22. Alex Ross Captures Spider-Man
  23. J. Jonah Jameson Is Elected Mayor of New York City
  24. Captain America Quits
  25. Spider-Man Meets The Fantastic Four
  26. Spider-Man Teams Up With Batman For The Last Time
  27. The Skrulls Are Here

Ed and His Dead Mother (1993, directed by Jonathan Wacks)


After the death of his mother (Miriam Margoyles), shy Ed (Steve Buscemi) inherits the family hardware store.  Even though Ed now has his own business and maybe even a chance at having a relationship with Storm Reynolds (Sam Jenkins), Ed simply cannot leave the memory of his mother behind.  One day, he is approached by a salesman named A.J. Peddle (John Glover).  Peddle explains that he can bring Ed’s mother back to life for a thousand dollars.  Ed agrees and soon, Ed’s mother is once again living with Ed and Ed’s Uncle Benny (Ned Beatty).  Benny is upset because he doesn’t think that it’s proper to tamper in matters of morality and he never liked his sister to begin but, at first, Ed is happy to have her back.  However, Ed soon discovers that his mother has changed now that she’s come back to life.  She now has a craving for blood and soon, she’s chasing the neighborhood dogs while holding a knife.  Ed’s mom has returned as a zombie!  Can Ed finally move on and commit to sending his mother back to the grave?

This quirky comedy came out in 1993, a few years too early to take advantage of either the zombie boom or the horror comedy boom.  The movie never really find the right balance between scares and laughs.  The script is full of funny lines and Steve Buscemi and Ned Beatty are a good comedic team but the direction is as flat and as lifeless as Ed’s mom before she was resurrected.  Today, the movie is mostly interesting as a precursor for later trends in horror.  It’s also a chance to see Steve Buscemi is rare starring role.  Buscemi is ideally cast as the gentle Ed, who eventually learns the importance of letting go, accepting death, and moving on.  Buscemi is good, even in a misfire like this one.

Just two years after starring in this movie, Buscemi would appear on Homicide: Life on the Streets, playing a white supremacist murderer named Gordon Pratt.  Among the detectives assigned to arrest Pratt was Stanley Bolander, played by Ned Beatty.  As far as I know, that’s the only other pairing of Buscemi and Beatty and there wasn’t much to laugh about in that episode of Homicide.  It’s too bad because, judging from their interactions in this movie, Ned Beatty and Steve Buscemi could have been one of the great comedy teams.

Thanatophobia (2022, Robert Goodwin)


Maddie is a 20 year-old girl who suffers from Thanatophobia, a morbid fear of death.  You are the hypnotherapist who, after a chance meeting, helps her come to terms with her fears.  After you have put her under hypnosis, Maddie tells you that she is standing in a hallway and there is a hooded figure behind her.  No matter where she goes, the hooded figure is always there.  She needs you to figure out who the hooded figure represents and also how Maddie can get away from it.

Maddie is a chatbot.  You type in questions and she answers.  It’s like that old Eliza game except that some of the questions will lead to Maddue discussing her past and revealing her secrets.  It’s a challenging game but it does come with just enough hints that most players should eventually be able to figure out how to help Maddie.  The biggest hint that I can gives is that, just like with a real person, Maddie sometimes has to be asked the same question multiple times before she’ll open up.

Chatbot games are always hit-and-miss for me but Thantophobia does a pretty good job of simulating a real conversation and Maddie comes across as being a real person instead of a bot with several pre-programmed responses.  The game is challenging but the mystery can be solved and Maddie can be helped.  In fact, Maddie’s answers are so well-written that I actually felt really proud of myself when I finally helped her get out of the hallway.

Play Thanatophobia.

Retro Television Review: Scream of the Wolf (dir by Dan Curtis)


Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Sundays, I will be reviewing the made-for-television movies that used to be a primetime mainstay.  Today’s film is 1974’s Scream of the Wolf.  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

A small town in California is shocked when a series of brutal murders occur within the city limits.  Someone or something is killing people whenever the moon is full.  The only clue are the footprints that the killer leaves behind at every scene.  Strangely, there are time when the kill seems to walking on all fours, suggesting that it’s a wild animal.  But then, suddenly, there are only two footprints, indicating that the killer is a man.  Is the killer a beast or a human?

Maybe it’s both.

That’s the question that John Weatherby (Peter Graves) attempts to answer in Scream of the Wolf.  John is a former hunter who is now working on a book about his life.  He looks at the footprints and the savagery of the attacks and he says that the killer is obviously a wolf because no human could be capable of doing such a thing.  However, many people in town are convinced that the killer is a werewolf.  That includes John’s girlfriend, Sandy (Jo Ann Pflug).

In fact, Sandy thinks that she knows exactly who the werewolf is.  She thinks that Bryon Douglas (Clint Walker) is responsible for the murders.  Byron is an old friend of John’s.  They used to hunt together.  John eventually turned his back on hunting but Byron continues to insist that people are never more alive than when they are hunting another creature.  In fact, Byron claims that the murders are actually a good thing.  According to Byron, the murders have woken up the survival instinct in the spoiled inhabitants of the town.  And indeed, the citizens of the town do appear to be getting progressively more and more paranoid.

Okay, so Byron obviously has some issues.  But does that make him a werewolf?  John insists that there are no werewolves and that Byron is just a somewhat eccentric blowhard.  John better hope that he’s right because Byron has announced that he’s going to hunt down the werewolf and he’s invited John to join him on the hunt.

Running a brisk 78 minutes and not wasting a single one of them, Scream of the Wolf is an enjoyable and atmospheric werewolf film.  I don’t think I actually heard a wolf scream over the course of the film but I did hear plenty of people scream.  For a made for TV movie, Scream of the Wolf doesn’t shy away from showing the horror of being stalked by an unseen creature in the middle of the night.  Needless to say, any film featuring Peter Graves as a former big game hunter is going to have a bit of camp appeal but, in the end, Graves’s somewhat stolid acting style works well for the character that he is playing.  Clint Walker, who towers over everyone else in the film, gives an intimidating and creepy performance as Byron.  The film’s central mystery isn’t particularly complex but the story is told well.  Scream of the Wolf is a simple but entertaining film, one that’s ideal for October viewing.