Watch My Mom's a Werewolf
- 1 hr 27 min
My Mom's a Werewolf, a comedy-horror film released in 1989, revolves around Leslie (Susan Blakely), a bored housewife who is tired of the mundane life she leads. Her husband, Howard (John Saxon), is a dentist and is obsessed with teeth, which bothers Leslie. Leslie's daughter Jennifer (Tina Caspary) is at an age where she is infatuated with boys and considering the fact that her father is not keeping her very engaged, Leslie decides to go out for a night of drinks with her best friend Stacey (Ruth Buzzi) while Jennifer goes to a party.
Leslie finds herself attracted to a charming stranger, Harry Thropen (John Schuck), who ultimately bites her and turns her into a werewolf. Leslie notices changes in herself after the night; she is more powerful than usual and starts growing hair and craving meat. At first, Leslie thinks she is going through menopause, but when her husbandâs dentist friend (Marcia Wallace) comes over to examine her he discovers that her physical changes are indeed caused by a werewolf virus infection. Leslie tries to resist the changes and goes to visit Harry to find out more information about her condition.
As the full moon approaches, Leslie starts to feel the changes even stronger, and so they come to visit her in her house. Insane things happen during the night, including a brawl between Harry and Leslieâs neighbor (Mindy Sterling), who is desperate to have Howard for herself. Howard comes to his wifeâs rescue by fending off the neighbor and Harry with his trusty dental tools. This impresses Leslie and makes her appreciate Howard in a way she had not before. In the end, with the help of her family, Leslie learns to embrace and control her werewolf nature.
My Mom's a Werewolf is a fun little horror-comedy that has its clichÃ©s but entertains nonetheless. The movie takes a lighthearted approach to the horror genre, and the cast is game for the occasion. Susan Blakely is charming and convincing as Leslie; John Saxon, as always, brings a certain level of class to the proceedings, while Tina Caspary gets some of the best lines in the movie. Ruth Buzzi as Leslieâs best friend is also enjoyable to watch.
My Mom's a Werewolf was directed by Michael Fischa and written by Mark Levinson and Michael Fischa. It was produced by lightning Pictures, a company that has since been dissolved, and was distributed by Crown International Pictures. The cinematography by David Bridges is nothing extraordinary, but it gets the job done. The special effects, which range from Leslie's transformation, the prosthetic makeup, and even the fight scenes are nothing spectacular, but they are all completely serviceable to the story.
My Mom's a Werewolf is a film that knows its target audience and goes out of its way to entertain it. It's not high art and doesn't pretend to be; it's a fun, silly movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. The movie has its flaws, but it's ultimately successful in its goals: to be entertaining and to make people laugh. This isn't a film that will scare anyone, but it's not meant to be, so that's not a negative aspect but rather, a fact.
In conclusion, My Mom's Werewolf is a film that may not be for everyone, but it is a movie that knows what it wants to be and does it well. It entertains, it engages, and it makes one laugh. With a solid cast, a competent crew, and an entertaining story, My Mom's Werewolf is a horror-comedy that will delight fans of the genre.
My Mom's a Werewolf is a 1989 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.5.