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     Teen Wolf Too

Collector's Edition         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 follow up 1987 sequel Teen Wolf Too starring Jason Bateman.

Teen Wolf Too follows Todd Howard, a Hamilton University freshman with a full athletic scholarship — only Todd has no idea why, since he’s far more interested in veterinary medicine than sports. But his boxing coach, Bobby Finstock, is very familiar with the Howard family secret and he’s hoping he can use it to his advantage. When the whole school — including Todd — finds out that he’s a werewolf with superhuman abilities, Todd’s popularity skyrockets and he becomes the big wolf on campus. But is his fame a gift? Or a curse? And can he keep it from getting in the way of the relationships he has with his best friends and girlfriend? Perhaps a little guidance from his professor who has a secret of her own, may help Todd learn the biggest lesson of all. While it has never been able to capture the magic of the original this second entry into the franchise always felt fun to me, but mostly due to Bateman himself.

When Fox opted to not return for the sequel they retooled the story to deal with his cousin which would have been fine, but the forced attempt to bring in other familiar characters from the original film felt to contrived. This is essentially the exact same film as the first one as opposed to them trying to do something new with the character. The only changes outside of the lead is that it took it to college and focused on boxing. There is no mention to why Scott is not going to college despite every other person he knew being there including his best friend Styles who has also been recast. Between the two films the Styles character is played almost completely different by each actor and there is an interesting discussion in one of the bonus features if they are in fact the same Styles character or not.  

Most people hated this entry and while it isn’t that great there is still something fun here that works for me. It will never be the original despite trying its hardest to recapture that magic, but Bateman is so good in general that he brings his own thing to the role that makes it stand out with a small bit of originality. IF you hated this film when it came out you will likely not change your mind now, but this latest release offers up a great transfer and bonus features including still gallery and new interviews that offer insight to bringing this film to life.

Grab your copy of the Teen Wolf Collector’s Edition available now on Blu-ray from Shout Factory Home Entertainment.


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