Monster of the Day #685

Take that, Nixon!

  • Flangepart

    “My fellow Lobo-Americans…”

  • Ericb

    He looks like he could use a bottle of Just For Werewolves hair coloring.

  • Gamera977

    Ick, what a movie. Since I was in diapers at the time I had to read Apostic’s review here to understand most of the ‘humor’ in this movie. Still other than Dean Stockwell’s mugging for the camera there wasn’t much here.

    The whole thing with Michael Dunn really confused me.

  • Ericb

    What is this?

  • Gamera977

    From Ken’s comment I’m assuming it’s ‘Werewolf of Washington’. Apostic’s review is preserved over on the ‘B-Notes’ section of this site. Trust me his review is funnier than the movie. I got it on my ‘One-Hundred and Fifty Krappy Movies for Forty Bucks Collection’ so I paid a little more than a quarter for it… and that’s more than it’s worth…

  • Wait, ‘Werewolf of Washington’ was a COMEDY? I can honestly say that’s one word I would never have used to describe this film.

  • Ericb

    Has there ever been a “comedy” about Washington that was funny?

  • MY FELLOW AMERICANS was pretty funny, although I may be in a minority in thinking that. I recall Ken making a comment about it once that implied I wasn’t on the same track as everyone else.

  • WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON is a great example of how to ruin a decent idea by trying to be funny when it could have worked wonderfully if just played straight. In fact, the film seems rather schizophrenic as it’s not an all-out comedy, but has enough humor to spoil the parts that ARE played straight. As you can see, the monster make-up itself is quite good, and there’s some good atmosphere in the earlier sections of the film. Too bad they just couldn’t restrain themselves from being satirical. That, ultimately, is the problem. They thought they were being clever.

  • bgbear_rogerh

    I think he was bitten by Checkers, not a werewolf.

  • I think a lot of movies could have been saved if only someone involved with making them didn’t convince themselves that they were either a great wit or had some truly deep message to share with a captive audience.

  • I completely agree. I think that’s the main reason many 70’s B pictures tend not to be as good/fun as those of earlier decades, when movies were just served up to entertain (I’m speaking generally here). Unfortunately, the problem has only gotten worse since then.

  • The Rev.

    I caught this on Elvira’s short-lived “Movie Macabre” show a couple of years ago. I’d heard of it, but knew nothing about it. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be [b]The Wolfman[/b] with Dean Stockwell and a couple of absolutely batshit sequences that, while completely breaking the flow of the movie and sticking out like a sore thumb, are also the only truly entertaining and memorable things about it. Stockwell’s “I’m a dog!” routine when he transforms is odd and funny in a “what the hell is going on!?” way. His run-in with the midget scientist, however, is pure goddamn gold as far as I’m concerned.

  • sandra

    It would have been funnier if Nixon had become a werewolf.

  • Ericb

    or Henry Kissinger

  • Ken_Begg

    Why do you think Nixon needed to shave so much?

  • Gamera977

    Hell, I’d pay to see Woodward and Bernstein hunted down by a werewolf G. Gordon Liddy…

  • Ericb

    Didn’t JFK turn into a werewolf when Jackie wasn’t watching?

  • Guest

    Would it be terribly out of line to comment on how this movie showed us that there was a hairy, howling, man beast chasing screaming women through the hallowed streets of our nation’s capital years before Clinton? So sorry.

  • The director also did another Nixon-themed comedy called “A Fine Mess,”
    wherein Nixon and Agnew were portrayed as Laurel and Hardy-type characters.

  • Ericb

    As I said, JFK

  • That one sounds like it’d be as ‘funny’ as the thankfully-never-produced Three Stooges full-length comedy movie MAKE MINE MANILA, in which the boys mix their usual slapstick yucks with such ripe comic material as the Bataan Death March, the Sack of Manila, wartime rape, WW2 Japanese POW camps, the massacre of unarmed civilians, and similarly light hearted topics.

    Yes, the script exists and I’ve seen part of it.