Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)

Directed by:
Michael Fischa

A bored, lonely, vegetarian housewife and mother (Susan Blakely) meets a charming, handsome, meat-loving pet shop owner (John Saxon) and they hit it off, until a bite to the toe (?!) turns her into a wolf creature. It's up to her teen daughter (Katrina Caspary - Teen Witch) and her monster movie loving pal (Diana Barrows - Friday the 13th Part VII) to break the curse and return mom back into her old self again. This very silly PG-rated horror comedy basically fits right in with all the other stupid mid/late 80s teen-oriented horror comedies that suddenly seemed to flood the market. It's full of groan-worthy puns and one-liners (the mom wonders if she should go live in a "were-house" at one point... har har har), guest appearances and lousy special effects (the werewolf makeup here is pretty minimal) and yet it will still probably adequately entertain young children and teens. The cast seems to be having a pretty good time, especially Blakely and Saxon. There are a couple of amusing moments (Saxon eating a rat, whipping out plastic silverware in a restaurant, etc.) and there's a pretty fun Halloween party scene at the very end. The cast includes John Schuck as Blakely's neglectful, workaholic husband, Ruth Buzzi as a gypsy fortune teller, singer Marilyn McCoo, Marcia Wallace and an uncredited cameo by Forrest J. Ackerman.

★★

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