Moon of the Wolf (1972) was a made for TV movie that tried really hard, and I don’t know, maybe, if I’d seen it when I was two, I would’ve been terrified. It amazes me what, compared today, what was shown on TV; some of today’s TV shows are much more violent and gruesome than this even dared to approach.
I like the tone that is set from the beginning, though there could’ve been more chaotic fright from the townspeople than the vigilante hillbillies going to hunt down the wild dog. Little is shown when the beast kills, which is cool, giving it a Psycho feel with the idea that less is more. A lot of the movie felt like a long episode of the Andy Griffith Show.
When the werewolf is finally shown, I was impressed, and then as the camera came in closer, I could see that it was a plastic Halloween mask that was probably popular in 1971. It really wanted to be like a Lon Chaney, Jr. werewolf but didn’t even make it that far.
I wish I could give Moon of the Wolf more than 2.5 out of 5 Stars.