Russell Mulcahy Talks Teen Wolf TV Series, Teases Bait 3D Details

Director Russell Mulcahy has enjoyed a successful career in both films and television alike, and he is now combining his love of the horror genre with his love for working in TV with the upcoming MTV series “Teen Wolf”, which is set to debut on June 5th following the MTV Movie Awards (the show will also slide into its regular time slot on June 6th).

Russell Mulcahy Talks Teen Wolf TV Series, Teases Bait 3D DetailsBy way of background, Mulcahy was the pioneering director behind some of MTV’s earliest breakthrough videos (including “TV Killed the Radio Star,” “Hungry Like the Wolf” and one of this writer’s personal favorites, the over-the-top “Total Eclipse of the Heart”); has worked on critically-acclaimed television series including “Queer as Folk,” “The Hunger” and “Tales from the Crypt,” and gave us various ass-kicking genre (or genre-esque) flicks including Highlander and its sequel, Resident Evil: Extinction and Give ‘Em Hell, Malone.

Recently Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with Mulcahy during the “Teen Wolf” press day to find out what attracted him to the project and how the new series will have a lot more horror elements in it than the original film. He also gave us a little tease on what to expect from his upcoming feature film Bait, which looks like it's set to debut in Australia this upcoming September.

Mulcahy, who is no stranger to the horror genre, discussed how he came on board “Teen Wolf” after meeting with writer and executive producer Jeff Davis (read our interview with Jeff here) and hearing how the successful showrunner wanted to switch things up for a new audience.

“I met with Jeff soon after he met with MTV and agreed to come on board this project,” explained Mulcahy. “Jeff told me how he saw this series differently than the original and how he wanted it to be a little darker, edgier and scarier - kind of like the movie The Lost Boys was. I actually hadn’t seen the original Michael J. Fox movie until about halfway through the season when Jeff made me sit down and watch it. and it was definitely very charming. but I don’t think our show is really a remake of that movie. We didn’t set out to do a remake at all so I think the original’s still very much intact.”

“I think the reason Jeff and I hit it off so well was because we both have so much love and respect for the horror genre and the cinema as well. So our plan was to make this series feel as cinematic as possible. And the fact that the series was for MTV was kind of an odd feeling for me at first because I worked on the very first music video that ever played on the network so it definitely felt like my career was coming full-circle by working on ‘Teen Wolf,’” added Mulcahy.



Rob's picture

Having just watched it, gotta say I kinda dug it. It should also be said that Crystal Reed is fine.

As for the werewolf, yeah, it was CGI, but they kept it either in the shadows or in mist to make it not so obvious. I am curious what it'll fully look like and what all KNB did for it exactly. My main beef was MTV's excessive commercial breaks. It's like the CW with Vampire Diaries all over again.

I'll be checking it out weekly, for now anyway.

Submitted by Rob on Mon, 06/06/2011 - 12:16am.

Poor Russel Mulcahy.....is this what you've been reduced to??? Granted, Mulcahy was never a top-tier director, but he's certainly above trash like this! Come back to us Russ!

Submitted by LSD Zombie on Fri, 06/03/2011 - 9:37pm.
Matt Serafini's picture

Agreed. Mulcahy HAD an incredible visual sense when he was coming out of music videos and entering the world of features.

Razorback? Highlander? Those movies are still incredible films to look at. It's a shame to see him slumming with this shit.

Submitted by Matt Serafini on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 10:03pm.
moderator Jeez, guys - assume much?
Debi Moore's picture

Jeez, guys - assume much? How about watching the show before being so sure it's trash and shit? I remember a lot of people talking the same way about Supernatural before giving it a chance. Not that I think Teen Wolf is necessarily of the same caliber, but I'm still willing to check it out with an open mind.

Submitted by Debi Moore on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 10:58pm.
Matt Serafini's picture

Honestly? The trailer did almost nothing for me (looked like a twink fantasy) and Heather's review, while well-written in pointing out the strengths and weaknesses, doesn't instill me with confidence either.

She says the werewolves themselves are the worst part, which was the only reason I was considering a watch.

And why is this called Teen Wolf again? I sincerely doubt any idiot who regularly watches MTV even knows about the Michael J. Fox movie - so I'm not sure what audience they're trying to loop in with this 'brand' recognition.

Submitted by Matt Serafini on Sun, 06/05/2011 - 7:26pm.
Terminal's picture

I honestly don't think it looks THAT bad. I'm willing to give it a try when it comes on air.
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Submitted by Terminal on Sun, 06/05/2011 - 2:35am.
Vanvance1's picture

The description of the show in DC articles suggest as show marinated in estrogen and designed for tweens (another category made by marketers for marketing to the young and stupid).

It's been a long time since Dog Soldiers and I don't think this show will do anything for the werewolf sub genre.

Submitted by Vanvance1 on Sat, 06/04/2011 - 11:16pm.

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