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Full Moon High

  • PG
  • 1981-01-01
  • 01:33:00
4/ 10
17 votes
Categories:

Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

During a family vacation to Transylvania, Tony Walker (Adam Arkin) is bitten by a werewolf. As a result, he'll live forever, but is also cursed with incurable wanderlust -- not to mention a wolfish appearance and the urge to bite other people. He drops out of high school shortly after his transformation, but later Tony regrets never playing in the big football game against a hated local rival, so one day he decides to re-enroll. While he makes new friends, his curse leads to major complications.

Reviews

ignore the critics, this is very funny

Silly movie is really, really funny. Yes, it's got its dead moments, it can be a bit too obvious, it declines a bit in the second half and the story is an incoherent mess, but it's laugh out loud funny all the way. And it's worth seeing just for Ed McMahon as a right wing kook. This movie is in the same class as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, another incredibly funny, underappreciated film.

Relentlessly silly comic horror

Aiming at a blend of Airplane! style wackiness and Mel Brooks-a-like angsty spoof, this is almost good - the occasional inspired moment (Werewolf Annoys Community) keeps you watching through the massive swathes of so-so gags, occasional clunkers and habitual dragging out of jokes way beyond their peak. Part so-bad-it's-good, part nearly quite good, and with a typically intense, shouty performance from ace Alan Arkin, this just about scrapes into the Watchable category. Probably a gem to obscure B-horror fans.

I could've sworn I'd seen every bad, goofy comedy made....

But this morning it was on cable and I was amazed how something this silly got past me. Sure, if you watch it, don't expect any academy award nods... I think the makers of this film were looking to follow in the footsteps of airplane and other goofball flicks. Every paradox for every situation was used in this. And that's not bad... Every once in a while we need these no brainers to make us watch like zombies, just so we can say "Man this movie is so stupid, I can't wait to see what happens next". Remember, the 80's killed at flooding us with bad movies that we've seen 30 times (even if we don't admit it publicly).

Trivial "schlocker".....

Do not expect good, do not expect even average. Go into this schlock-fest with zero expectations and you might find it passable, mostly due to the supporting cast of characters. Ed McMahon is a curiosity. Louis Nye is totally wasted. Kenneth Mars terminally overacts. Demond Wilson drives a bus. Alan Arkin adds substantially to the film as a crazed psychologist, but by that time it is way too late to end the steady downward spiral of "Full Moon High". Adam Arkin is especially unmemorable as the werewolf, which of course is bad news right from the "git go". The cast, other than Adam Arkin, is game but the script is lame, and I cannot recommend seeing this trivial satire

Sloppy but good-natured.

This horror spoof contains enough corny jokes to last you a lifetime, but is generally harmless and even has a certain schlocky charm. Produced on an obviously low budget and sloppily directed by Larry Cohen, it tries to do for werewolf flicks what "Airplane!" had done for disaster epics the previous year, but it's just too "unpolished" to succeed.

BETTER than Teen Wolf!

Okay, I love Teen Wolf - it was one of my favorite movies as a kid and I still think it's pretty cool, but Full Moon High (4 years earlier), is SO MUCH BETTER!

The plot is better and more involved, and, actually in some ways, even makes more sense than Teen Wolf.

There are way more jokes (and better jokes!). The cast is awesome - both Adam and Alan Arkin, Kenneth Mars, and even a bit of a young Bob Sagget. It gets a little jumbled in the middle when a seemingly potential female love interest comes into play, but it sorts back out.

It's been a while since I've laughed out loud as much at a movie.

I don't want to give too much away, but as far as Teenage Werewolf movies go, this may be the best one ever made! An instant favorite! See it!!

Great comedy!!!!!!

It' just funny, watch it!!!

OK they want 10 lines so there: This is a spoof of 50s/70s werewolf movies. Lots of satire, some political. Feels like an early Clouseau movie (probably due to Alan Arkin), but with less slap stick. If you like the Naked Guns movies you'll like this too (once again less slapstick in this one).

Actually, the humor ranges from light sexual innuendo (unavoidable in a teen comedy), to really poignant socio-political satire. The transformation of the Moon High School from 50s to 70s is really funny. The sequence with the changing presidential portraits is brilliant! OK maybe not brilliant but still hilarious. There are tons of (histarical) cracks starting from the 50s cold war paranoia and the late 70s inflation.

Anyway, just watch the movie if you get a chance!

This Is The Funniest Movie I Have Ever Seen!!

I'm not kidding about that summary and vote! The video distributors have packaged this as just another typical '80s werewolf movie, but it is in fact the greatest parody of the horror genre that you can imagine, having done for the horror movie what "Blazing Saddles" did for the western. I have seen plenty of comedies - good, bad, stupid, weird, etc. (usually walking away unimpressed), and I think that comedy must be the most difficult genre for filmmakers and actors to work in - it takes just the right kind of touch to make things successful, and part of that is having good ideas. "Full Moon High" is bulging with good ideas - so many, in fact, that it can easily put the Zucker/Abrams team of "Airplane" and "Naked Gun" to shame. One of the best of these is the very presence of Ed McMahon in a starring role as a John Birch-style right-wing crackpot. The jokes, non-sequiturs, wisecracks and word-play are literally non-stop and everything, including the kitchen sink, has been thrown in. The ironic tone is very similar to that of "Back to the Future."

Some people (i.e. almost every reviewer here) must have been turned off by the spirit of anarchy here, but I almost died of laughter, and this is one of those movies in which you never know what kind of insane situation will transpire next. Since B-movie extraordinaire Larry Cohen had not made a straight comedy before this, one gets the sense that he was making up for lost time by including any joke he or his collaborators could think of. If Mel Brooks had made this, the critics would have labelled it a comic masterpiece, but because it was made by Cohen, it has been dismissed as schlock. Critical reviews have called this movie too "silly." SILLY? What is a comedy supposed to be - serious?! Anyway, I laughed out loud more for this movie than any other I can think of. Cohen makes fun of everyone - himself included, with plenty of references to his usual brand of low-rent film-making; he and the actors must have had a complete blast making this.

The humor is very Mel Brooks-ish, and anyone who loves Jewish humor or watches a lot of B-movies (especially horror) will love this. Trust me: the movie isn't too hard to find, and as long as you accept it for what it is - a roller-coaster of belly laughs with no pretense of social value whatsoever - then you'll truly enjoy it!!

One sidenote: this movie should somehow go down in history as the one thing Bob Saget ever starred in (albeit briefly) that was actually funny.