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Scott Howard (Michael
J. Fox) thought all he had to worry about was puberty and playing for the
worst team in high school basketball. However, he soon discovered the family
secret: he was a werewolf. But, he quickly came to terms with that fact when he
learned that his wolf form (which he could shift into and out of at will, no
full moon required) made him the best player on the team, and quickly brought
The Beavers to near-victory. Plus, the most popular girl in school, Pamela
Wells (Lorie Griffin),
finally noticed him (much to the chagrin of her boyfriend, Mick McAllister
played by Mark Arnold). After
a confrontation with Mick, Scott decided to curb the wolf and played the championship
game as himself and that the girl he really cared about was his best friend,
Boof (Susan Ursitti).
produced by Atlantic
Releasing Corporation, came about due to the success of their 1983 film Valley Girl. They
wanted to make a comedy that would cost almost nothing (the budget was $1
million) and could be filmed quickly. It was one of the first movies written by
Jeph Loeb, and co-written by Matthew Weisman. The project
came together fully when Fox, who had a filming break from his TV series Family Ties, accepted
the lead role. Directed by Rod
Daniel, the film was released on August 23, 1986 and ended up grossing $80
million in the box office. It debuted in second place behind Fox’s other hit
movie that year, Back to the Future, which he filmed after Teen Wolf. To cash in on Future, international releases of Teen Wolf either had a time element
incorporated into its title (Garato do
Futuro, or Boy from the Future in
Brazil) or by having Scott’s name translated as “Marty,” such as in Italy.
Scott with Boof, Harold, Grandpa and Lupe.
The movie proved popular enough to warrant an
animated spin-off the following year. Like the movie, Scott Howard (Townsend
Coleman) was able to change into a werewolf at will. Unlike the movie, Scott’s
duality was kept a secret from everyone except his family and best friends Boof
(Jeannie Elias) and Stiles (Don Most). The Howard family was expanded
considerably: not only just living with his father, Harold (James Hampton,
reprising his role from the movie), but Scott had gained a sister, Lupe (who didn’t
yet know if she possessed the family trait), and his grandparents from
Transylvania, who stayed in werewolf form most of the time. Grandpa Howard (Stacy
Keach, Sr.) proved an embarrassment to the family as he tended to act like a
large dog, while Grandma Howard (June Foray) dabbled in magic and
fortunetelling. Nosy neighbor, Mrs. Seslick (Foray), knew about the Howard
family’s “condition” but was constantly unable to prove it to anyone else.
Stiles drops by.
Boof’s unrequited crush from the movie was kept
intact while Scott lamented for popular girl (now a cheerleader), Pam, who
still dated Mick (Craig Sheffer).
Mick, who was older due to a prison stint and went to a different school in the
film, was now a senior in the same school and a frequent bully of Scott. Without
having the wolf to profit off of, Stiles was toned down to be more of a wolf
wannabe. Even the town’s name was changed from Beacontown to Wolverton, a town
notable for werewolf sightings.
In 1987, a sequel, Teen Wolf Too, was released. The movie, written by R. Timothy Kring and directed by
Christopher Leitch, essentially
followed the same story as Scott’s cousin, Todd (Jason Batman), discovered his
ability to transform in college. The biggest difference was that the sport in
question was boxing instead of basketball. Only Hampton and Mark Holton as Chubby reprised
their roles from the first film, and the sequel was universally panned. A
second sequel was planned starring Alyssa Milano until
it fell through. Another attempt at the sequel was later recycled into the 1989
movie Teen Witch.
In 2009, Jeff
Davis developed a live-action adaptation of the move for MTV. Teen
Wolf premiered in 2011 as a darker and edgier version of the film. Social
outcast Scott McCall (Tyler Posey)
was bitten by a werewolf and became one, having to balance his night life with
his normal life and keep his friends safe from his other half. The series
contained a lot of gruesome elements intermixed with dark comedy, keeping it
somewhat in line with the original film. Image
Comics released a comic
based on the show its debut year.