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Teen Wolf (August 23, 1985)

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BRIEF PLOT SYNOPSIS
Scott Howard is always complaining about being too average and too normal – these problems disappear when he finds out that he’s a werewolf. Read an extremely detailed synopsis here.

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GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

GENRE: Comedy/Fantasy
TAGLINES: He always wanted to be special…but he never expected this!
SETTING: Beacon Town, Nebraska; USA
FILMING LOCATIONS:

  • Tujunga, CA; USA (Liquor Store)
  • South Pasadena, CA; USA
  • Fremont, NB; USA

U.S. RELEASE DATE: August 23, 1985
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes; 1 hour 32 minutes
RATING: PG
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $6,120,348

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CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Joseph Loeb III, Mathew Weisman
DIRECTOR: Rod Daniel
PRODUCER: Mark Levinson, Scott M. Rosenfelt
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Thomas Coleman, Michael Rosenblatt
EDITOR: Lois Freeman-Fox
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tim Suhrstedt
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Daryl ‘Dazz’ Reynolds, Swing Gang
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Miles Goodman
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS BY: Burman’s Studio
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Wolfkill
DISTRIBUTOR: Atlantic
ASPECT RATIO: 1:85:1

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

Scott Howard…Michael J. Fox
Harold Howard…James Hampton
Lisa “Boof” Marconi…Susan Ursitti
Rupert “Stiles” Stilinsky…Jerry Levine
Lewis…Matt Adler
Pamela Wells…Lorie Griffin
Vice Principal Rusty Thorne…Jim MacKrell
Mick McAllister…Mark Arnold
Coach Finstock…Jay Tarses
Chubby…Mark Holton
Kirk Lolley…Scott Paulin
Tina…Elizabeth Gorcey
Dina…Manos
Brad…Doug Savant
Malcolm…Charles Zucker
Convenience Store Clerk…Harvey Vernon
Miss Mott…Claire Peck
English Teacher…Gergory Itzin
Science Teacher…Doris Hess
Dragon Basket Ball Coach…Troy Evans
Rhonda…Lynda Wiesmeier
Janitor…Rodney Kageyama
Whistle Boy…Carl Steven
Lemonade…Richard Brooks
Linebacker…Rick Domeier
Cadet No. 5…Brian Sheehan
Student #1…Jay Footlik
Referee…Richard Baker
Meechum Basketball Coach…Fred Nelson
School Mascot Cheerleader…Tann Herr
Fan #2…Kris Hagerty
Dragon Bowler…Mark L. Flowers
Basketball Player…Larry B. Daughterty
Student…Tamara Carrera
Stunt Crew…Steven Antin, Jerry Brutsche, Michael Cassidy, David M. Graves, William Tl Lane, Anderson Martin, Bernie Pock

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SOUNDTRACK :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Flesh on Fire…Miles Goodman/Douglas Brayfield…James House
Big Bad Wolf…Miles Goodman/Douglas Brayfield…The Wolf Sisters
Win in the End…Miles Goodman/Douglas Brayfield…Mark Safan
Shootin’ for the Moon…Miles Goodman/Douglas Brayfield…Amy Holland
Silhouette…Miles Goodman/Douglas Brayfield…David Palmer
Way to Go…Miles Goodman/Douglas Brayfield…Mark Vieha
Good News…Miles Goodman/Douglas Brayfield…David Morgan
Transformation…Miles Goodman…Instrumental
Boof Miles…Goodman…Instrumental
Surfin’ U.S.A….The Beach Boys…The Beach Boys
Stayin’ Alive…Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb…The Bee Gees

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EXTRAS

Sequels and Spin-Offs

Teen Wolf Too (1987)
Teen Wolf ” (1986) – Animated TV Series

Different Versions
The following is a list of changes made for American television, unless noted otherwise.

Deletions:
On network television, the entire scene in which Scott confides his lycanthropy to Stiles is completely removed. This is probably because of the fact that Stiles is looking for marijuana to smoke and the word ‘fag’ is used.

On network television, the entire Pamela seducing Scott scene is completely removed. This is probably cut because the majority of American viewers are prudish and afraid of sensuality.

On cable television, both the confession and seduction scenes are included. However, the confession scene is edited so that it is unclear what Stiles is looking for (marijuana) and the word ‘fag’ is removed.

In some instances, the word ‘suck’ is either muffled out altogether or replaced with other dialogue. Despite the fact that most Americans are prudes, most of them also have dirty minds, thus the word ‘suck’ becomes ‘obscene.’

In the United Kingdom version of the film, the confession/marijuana scene is still in, but five seconds are cut, mainly when the stash is shown.

Additions:
After Boof runs away from Scott when he is walking her home and refuses to confide in her, a pack of dogs chases Scott home until his own dog (Daisy) comes to his rescue.

In the “Way to Go” montage, some extra scenes are added of Scott taking a picture with the cheer-leading squad and Mr. Lolley seeing this picture in the school paper.

After the Spring Dance, Scott and his father have a heart to heart talk on the front porch of their house

Trivia

Michael J. Fox worked on Teen Wolf during a 5 week hiatus from ‘Family Ties’ while his co-star Meredith Baxter-Birney gave birth to twins.

SIX DEGREES OF MICHAEL J. FOX: David Naughton, star of Midnight Madness, is most famous for his role of a young werewolf in the film An American Werewolf in London – Michael J. Fox starred in Teen Wolf as a young werewolf, which pays homage to Naughton’s film during the transformation sequence.

Goofs: Crew or Equipment Visible

The camera’s dolly tracks are visible in the shop windows as Boof and Scott walk down the street.

Goofs: Audio/Visual Not in Sync or Does Not Match

The line ‘on top of everything else, there was a full moon last night’ by Scott is clearly dubbed in and this is not what Scott is saying. (I have been unable to decipher what it is that he did say originally.)

Goofs: Geographical Errors

The film is set in Nebraska, but there are no palm trees in Nebraska which are clearly visible in the film.

Quotes

Stiles’ Shirts:
-Life Sucks Then You Die
-Obnoxious
-What Are You Looking At Dicknose (Purchase this t-shirt here)
-Wolf Buddy

I said MAUVE, not turquoise!

–Mr. Lolley

Nice shirt, Stiles.

–Harold Howard

Hey baby, ten-hut. Nice hair cut over there. Be all that you can be. How was Granada, man? Hey Louie, Louie. What’s goin’ on here? Is the President here today or something?

–Stiles

There are three rules I live by: never get less than 12 hours sleep, never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city, and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now, you stick to that and everything else is cream cheese.

–Coach Finstock

It doesn’t matter how you play the game, it’s whether you win or lose. And even that doesn’t make all that much difference.

–Coast Finstock

Entertainment References (Link to IMDB)

Summer of Tears Teen Wolf Parody
WARNING: This video includes adult language and themes and is not safe for work

Picture Gallery (Film Stills only – to see other Teen Wolf images, visit the Picture Gallery)