Written by / 1/18/2018 / No comments / , , , , ,

LATE ACTOR BRADFORD DILLMAN HOWLS IN 'MOON OF THE WOLF'

Bradford Dillman armed though not yet dangerous YEAR: 1972
TV Movies of the Week were perfect, but far from overall perfection. One of the best examples of "pretty good fare" is MOON OF THE WOLF starring David Janseen from THE FUGITIVE series — then, throughout the 70's he was a reining king of the M.O.W. universe, and while this particular werewolf tale never broke any ground in the sub-genre, it's Gothic and semi-spooky just the same...

Bradford Dillman has always been a favorite. His based-on-real-life character from COMPULSION downright steals the show from heavyhitter Orson Welles and the more sympathetic of two killers based on Leopold and Loeb, Dean Stockwell, making Dillman's Artie Strauss the alpha male bully who takes charge. Soon enough that particular Richard Fleischer classic will be covered but for this tribute, MOON will do just fine...

RIP Bradford Dillman  Jan, 2018
There's a quote out there about how Bradford Dillman liked that his name sounded dignified and pretentious, which he obviously wasn't, having not missed the irony of his debonair moniker...

But we will say that it is a name that should have been more well-known...

The Wolf Itself
That wouldn't have occurred in result of this particular turn as a classy town's founder's son who, we learn far before the supposedly revealing climax...

That he is a werewolf, the werewolf that, from the very beginning, has been terrorizing a small French-American town where Janssen's the tried-and-true sheriff, courting Dillman's pretty sister played by Barbara Rush — alas, their soapy input takes too much of the screen time, leaving little for the buried lead... the one with fangs...

MoonWolfScore: ***1/2
Fangs and the face of a werewolf that you'd see in most of yesteryear's pop culture imagery until around the 1980's when the werewolf became more formidably animalistic than man. It was during the classic and classic-modern canon that an otherwise skinny looking fella could have only the face of a wolf with proper clothes intact (the Michael J. Fox 1980's cult comedy TEEN WOLF brought the look back as satirical homage). Not much of the story's left with that old school nightmarish presence, and the melodrama plays out like something televised as opposed being presented in any kind of fascinating, big budget or even independent theatrical platform...

Which does, in its own right, make MOON OF THE WOLF worth viewing as the performances are topnotch and natural (Geoffrey Lewis, Royal Dano also appear) and the story gives an audience just what the title implies — although "Loocaroo," a mispronounced and herein repeated French name for Werewolf, would have been far cooler — perhaps making it an instant cult fixture (by name only) instead of a forgotten little television monster movie within a sea of howling madman tales. Yet it's still nice to have the late Bradford Dillman's mark upon that legendary "curse."
Gives an idea of what the grain looks like even on the DVD
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

ROD STEIGER COMMANDS 'THE SERGEANT' WITH JOHN PHILLIP LAW

Rod Steiger & John Phillip Law in THE SERGEANT Year: 1968 Rating: ****1/2 It's not just what THE SERGEANT is about, or even who i...

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "Madam, just because I drive a truck does not make me a truck driver." Stacy Keach, Road Games

FILM NOIR & NEO NOIR CRIME

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)HELL IS A CITY 3)ROBBERY 4)VIOLENT SATURDAY 5)THE FEARMAKERS 6)CANYON PASSAGE 7)HOT CARS 8)JUNGLE STREET 9)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 10)THE CROWDED SKY 11))THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 15)HARDCORE 16)THE SYSTEM 17)WHITE HEAT 18)AL CAPONE 19)THE SERGEANT 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)NIGHT CREATURES 22)CURSE OF THE DEMON 23)ASH WEDNESDAY 24)KILLER FISH 25)AIR PATROL 26)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 27)EASY LIVING 28)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 29)FRENZY 30)THE ROARING TWENTIES 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)JACK NICHOLSON 4)MARLON BRANDO 5)STANLEY BAKER 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN LANDIS 7)JOHN GUILLERMAN 8)VAL GUEST 9)JOHN CARPENTER 10)MICHAEL WINNER

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES AND EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & THRILLER

Popular This Month

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

PEAKING INTO THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

FOR HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS


Reviews for the British series The Sweeney

Most Popular Last Year

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE