Bad Moon
By: Devon B. on February 6, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Warner Home Video (USA). Region 1, NTSC. 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1. English, French Subtitles. 79 minutes
The Movie
Director: Eric Red
Starring: Mariel Hemingway, Michael Pare, Mason Gamble
Screenplay: Eric Red
Music: Daniel Licht
Tagline: Half man. Half wolf. Total terror.
Country: USA
Year: 1996
'By day, he's a photojournalist visiting his family. By night, he's a werewolf. The family dog, devoted to defending the household, has his suspicions.' Yeah, that handy Netflix synopsis pretty much sums it up. In fact, I don't think I can expound on that at all.

I wanted to see Bad Moon ever since it was released, but it seemed to be in theatres for roughly half a second. I don't even recall it getting released near me. On top of that, because it was such a flop, none of the video stores near me carried it. Anyway, I finally saw it.

Bad Moon starts with a messy werewolf attack featuring a werewolf that looks kinda stiff in the facial expression department biting Eddie sans his Cruisers (Michael Pare). Shortly thereafter, we're introduced to the star of the film, a rather nice looking German Shepard. Shepard's generally don't survive in horror movies, so to have one focusing around a dog seemed a bit risky. Anyway, now wolfy Eddie stays with his sister, her son, and the family dog, who does indeed have his suspicions. The dog gets LOTS of screen time, which is actually a plus 'cause it's a nice looking dog.

The film is lacking in a few areas. The editing can be very shoddy, especially in the scene with the dog 'attacking' a con man. The performances are bad, including Mariel Hemingway's and Eddie's. The dialog is so bad I began to speculate that the dog wrote the script as a vehicle for himself. The scripting is really too bad to have even been produced by a canine. For God's sakes, it's SERIOUSLY put forth that the dog is tetanus laden and has a growing taste for human blood!

The werewolf isn't bad, but it looks silly when attempts are made to change its facial expression. The werewolf would've been just fine, but shots of it are held for too long, giving way too much time for the viewer to see its silly tail and Quasimodo hunch. Even though the end product is okay, the transformation scenes are just ridiculous, with first on side of Eddie's body morphing, then the other half. A symmetrical lycanthrope, I guess.
The film is presented at 2.35:1, and looks excellent. The print is very, sharp, clean and clear.
The audio is a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, and again there's no real flaws. The sound is clear, and the dynamics of the mix are well done.
Extra Features
The DVD comes with the trailer, trailers for a few other movies, and some cast and crew info. Only Michael Pare and Mariel Hemingway have any real detail put into their section, though.
The Verdict
It's bad, alright. But I laughed. Lots. Bad Moon probably doesn't warrant purchase, but it is a movie that is often overlooked, and will give cheesy monster movie fans something entertaining. Not necessarily entertaining in the ways the filmmakers may have intended, but entertaining none the less.
Movie Score
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