Full Moon High
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From Larry Cohen: director of Its Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent and God Told Me To!
The problems of a typical high-school teenager take on monstrous proportions in this comical send up of horror movies!
The most important thing to quarterback Tony Walker (Adam Arkin, Halloween H20) is to win the big game against archrival Simpson High. But this plan soon changes when Tony is bitten by a werewolf: and thats when things really start to get hairy! Now, whenever theres a full moon, he transforms into a growling beast that hungrily chases down beautiful girls. Cursed to live forever as a teenager with uncontrollable urges, Tony realizes he must find a way to end this cycle of animalistic excess.
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In Romania Arkin is being stalked by a werewolf and tries to get help by knocking on farmhouse doors shouting, " I am an American and I need some help." After someone throws a pan of water in his direction, Arkin continues to knock on doors asking for help saying, "I am a Canadian and I need some help."
This is a 5 star cult classic.
Full Moon High is an attempt to make a zany horror comedy in the Mel Brooks vein. Hell, it even has Kenneth Mars. Does it work? yes and no, but mostly no. I'd be lying if I said there weren't any laugh out loud moments, coz there certainly is. But many jokes fall flat, and there seems to be too many gay jokes. Cohen just seems to be trying way too hard to get laughs. It's like he felt for his first actual comedy, he had to throw in everything but the kitchen sink, but didn't bother to put the reins on himself.
In the film, Adam Arkin(Alan's son. Alan himself makes an appearance and is one of the few funny things in the film) is a high school kid in the 50s. He's a star on the football team and has a horny, gun toting, bomb shelter building father played by Ed McMahon. On a trip to Romania, Arkin is bitten by a werewolf and is now under the curse. Upon returning home he quits school right before the big game, and disappears to just wander around and stuff. Not before he starts going around at night and biting(he doesn't kill anyone, he just bites them, usually on the butt. Hardy Har Har. And why do none of these people that he bites become werewolves themselves?) the townspeople and sending the community into a panic. Twenty years later he's sick of his immortality and werewolf existence, so he returns to his hometown, goes back to high school and decides to win that big football game against the rival school that he missed out on back in the day. He feels that this is his destiny and will somehow relieve him of the curse.
That's pretty much it. Like I said, it's really not a terrible movie by any means, but considering the cleverness and wit Cohen has put into other projects, it just seemed like a bit of a letdown is all.
You can guess what biting experiences the son has to go through. Later requiring him to roam the world until he gets tired of packing. Then he must fulfill his destiny. There is a reference to ALPO. And a teenage sweetheart and his old friends haunt him. Will the little nipper complete his task? Get out the flea powder and watch.
Student Bodies ~ Kristen Riter