Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Creepy TV: Werewolf (1987)

Werewolf was one of the first original series for Fox when the network launched in 1987. While it was a critical darling, it ended up cancelled after 1 season.

Producers Frank Lupo & John Ashley, two former assistants to Stephen J. Cannell, struck out on their own, and hitched their wagon to Columbia-Tri-Star Television (now Sony Pictures Television), thinking they had a sure fire hit.

A college student, Eric Cord (John J. York) is bitten by his roommate, after discovering said roomie was a werewolf. He kills the roomie, but assumes the curse, which includes being chased by a bounty hunter (Lance LeGault, ex-The A-Team) while trying to find a man he believes started the bloodline, one Janos Skorzeny (Chuck Connors, in his final series).

My late father was into horror movies, and a lot of old movies in general. He was watching Werewolf regularly when it first started, but lost interest. I had no interest. Hence, no rating. Following is the episode, "Wolfhunt":


SaturdayMorningFan said...

I remember liking this show when it aired, but haven't seen it since. It seemed to be a darker version of The Incredible Hulk.

hobbyfan said...

It borrowed elements not so much from Hulk, but The Fugitive, from whence Hulk's main storyline came. While Hulk lasted 5 seasons, Werewolf got 1, perhaps because viewers weren't ready to revisit the same story angle again.

SaturdayMorningFan said...

Maybe it was just the lack of a new twist that kept people from watching. While Hulk borrowed from Fugitive, it added a new element all its own - the hero transforming into a monster. Werewolf didn't really add anything major to Hulk's formula.

hobbyfan said...

And it might've been on the wrong night of the week, too.