I came to a startling conclusion will watching the 1985 cult classic Teen Wolf on Blu-ray this week. Not that Scott Howard’s friend in the movie is actually named “Boof,” and not “Booth” as I originally thought for over 25 years, but that Teen Wolf stinks. While fans can argue the film’s impact on pop culture all they want, viewing Teen Wolf through the eyes of an adult (mine) is more chore than fun.
Based on a sad script by Joseph Loeb and Matthew Weisman –stuffed with too many eye-rolling moments and flat jokes, Teen Wolf joins the ’80s other “good as a kid, bad as an adult” arch-pantheon of schlock like Knight Rider, Fraggle Rock and M.A.S.K.
But not Snorks. That stuff is golden.
Starring ’80s icon Michael J. Fox, Teen Wolf centers on Scott Howard, a puny 17-year-old with ambitions grander than working in his dad’s hardware store in the little village of Beacon Town. He’s tired of being average and dreams about being a somebody. Young Scott is not only dealing with out of control hormones and anger issues, he’s also coming to grips with hair appearing in new and strange places.
The Howard family has a werewolf curse and Scott, not hiding it like his dad did, embraces it and uses it to skyrocket his popularity in school. Monetized through the help of his friend Stiles (Jerry Levine), Teen Wolf is a huge success, both for Scott, Stiles who is getting a piece of the revenue and the school basketball team, the Beacon Town Beavers.
But all good things must blah blah blah. As Scott makes his way into the school dance as his Teen Wolf persona, he busts out his sweet wolf dance (which is remarkably like Michael Jackson’s Thriller) which causes a ruckus and his anger issues get the best of him and the dance turns violent. Scott rethinks this whole “Teen Wolf” business and whether or not people like him or fuzz-face?
Thanks to Teen Wolf’s mad basketball skills, the Beavers tear up the hardwood setting off a crucial game against the arch-rival Dragons. But Scott is tired of being Teen Wolf and shows up as a pasty white kid instead. Nobody likes the pasty white kid.
MGM gives Teen Wolf the Blu-ray treatment mainly because of MTV’s release of the Teen Wolf television series. As far as extras go, fans will get a sneak peek at the upcoming series along with the original trailer of the film. That’s it. Given the film’s popularity, I was hoping for some commentary or a behind-scenes-look, but Teen Wolf lovers will have to do without.
The Blu-ray for Teen Wolf is now out in stores.