review by Bobby Blakey
Shout Factory continues to bring classic films to the fans with new remastered editions. Now they are taking on the classic Teen Wolf series with the 1985 classic Teen Wolf starring Michael J. Fox.
Teen Wolf follows Scott Howard who is going through some … changes. But unlike the rest of the students at Beacontown High School, Scott’s changes include long hair that covers his entire body, claw-like fingernails, fangs, a heightened sense of smell, superhuman strength and the extraordinary ability to … play basketball? And that’s just the beginning. Naturally, these uncanny new features turn this loveable loser into the most popular kid in school. But by embracing his newly minted popularity, has the Teen Wolf lost sight of what it truly means to be Scott Howard? This is one of those movies that is so ridiculous it is fun. Like a lot of people I have always loved everything about this movie. As a kid outside of the original Wolfman film this was the film that made me obsessed with werewolves. It might sound silly, but the comedy aspect alongside the teen issues all wrapped up in the world of a werewolf of sorts made me realize that there was so much more to them than just blood and horror.
To this day I still love this move and this latest release offers up a great transfer and cool artwork that perfectly captures the coolness that Fox brought to the role. The biggest reason this film ever worked was Fox. He has always had that innocent awkwardness to him, but could still be cool when he needed to be. The rest of the cast are all fun and James Hampton’s role as his father is perfection. He is such a likeable loving guy that you believe he cares about his son and wants what is best despite the unique situation. I know that his werewolf look has always gotten laughs, but I love it as it makes him look more like a dad instead of a cool werewolf, which is what Scott comes off as. Together they are polar opposites in the best way possible.
I always found it interesting how they essentially took a typical 80s teen comedy and injected with this completely unnecessary aspect of a werewolf, but it still works to deliver a great fun movie. This latest release not only includes the film, but numerous bonus features including still gallery, original trailer, featurettes and numerous new interviews and looks into this classic comedy.
Grab your copy of the Teen Wolf Collector’s Edition available now on Blu-ray from Shout Factory Home Entertainment.
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