Teen Wolf (1985)

Teen Wolf (1985)

Taglines: He always wanted to be special… but he never expected this!

Meet Scott Howard, a struggling high school student with problems. He is on a lackluster basketball team with a lame duck coach, he is having problems getting noticed by the prettiest girl in his school, Pamela Wells (who already has a boyfriend who wants to ruin Scott’s life named Mick McAllister). But in the middle of it all, he feels an effects of a dog whistle and he itches everywhere and even discovers that his nails are longer and sharp.

When he came home from a party, he discovers his new problem. He is a half human-wolf hybrid. He tries to keep this a secret, but during a basketball game the secret comes out and it helped Scott to turn his life around, the basketball team starts to become a contender for the state championships. He became very popular, and he was discovered by Pamela, and begin to go out with each other (despite that Pamela is still going out with Mick). However, Scott’s father warns him about turning into the wolf out of anger.

Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Rod Daniel and written by Jeph Loeb and Matthew Weisman. The film stars Michael J. Fox as a high school student who discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself transforming into a werewolf.

Teen Wolf (1985)

About the Story

Scott Howard is a seventeen-year-old high school student who is sick of being average. Living in a small town, his only claim to popularity is playing on the Beavers; his school’s basketball team (which is very unsuccessful) and fawning after his crush Pamela Wells, who is dating his rival Mick. Mick plays for the Dragons, an opposing team who tends to bully Scott on the court. Completely oblivious to his best friend Boof’s affections, he constantly rebuffs her advances due to their history together.

After a series of startling changes such as long hair suddenly sprouting, hands suddenly getting hairy, he decides to quit the team, but his coach changes his mind. Scoring a keg with his friend Stiles for a party, Scott and Boof end up alone in a closet and Scott gets rough when they begin making out, accidentally clawing Boof’s back. When he returns home, he undergoes a strange transformation and discovers he is a werewolf. His father Harold confronts him and reveals he too is a werewolf, and that he’d hoped Scott wouldn’t inherit the curse because “sometimes it skips a generation”.

Scott reveals his secret to Stiles, who agrees to keep it a secret, but when Scott becomes stressed on the court at the next basketball game, he becomes the wolf and helps win their first game in three years. This has an unexpected result of fame and popularity as the high school is overwhelmed with “Wolf Fever”, which quickly alienates Scott from Boof and from his teammates as he begins to hog the ball during games.

Stiles merchandises “Teen Wolf” paraphernalia and Pamela finally begins paying attention to Scott. After he gets a role as a ‘werewolf cavalryman’ in the school play alongside her, she comes onto him in the dressing room and the two have sex. Later, after a date set up to intentionally make Mick jealous, Pamela tells Scott that she’s still seeing him and is not interested in Scott as a boyfriend, much to his disappointment. Harold tells Scott he is responsible for vice principal Rusty Thorne breathing down his neck, due to a scare he’d given him when he was in high school, and advises him to be himself and not the wolf.

Teen Wolf Movie Poster (1985)

Teen Wolf (1985)

Directed by: Rod Daniel
Starring: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine, Matt Adler, Lorie Griffin, Mark Arnold, Melanie Manos
Screenplay by: Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman
Production Design by: Chester Kaczenski
Cinematography by: Tim Suhrstedt
Film Editing by: Lois Freeman-Fox
Costume Design by: Nancy G. Fox
Art Direction by: Rosemary Brandenburg
Music by: Miles Goodman
Distributed by: Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Release Date: August 23, 1985