On this day in horror history, director Christopher Leitch’s Teen Wolf sequel, Teen Wolf Too with The Outsider star Jason Bateman (in his film debut) opened in 1987.
Written by R. Timothy Kring, it centers on an awkward college student played by Bateman. Paying for school with an athletic scholarship, Batemen will lose it if he doesn’t win an upcoming boxing tournament. Luckily for him, he’s inherited the same family curse that once turned his cousin into a werewolf. As he transforms, he finds both his physical agility and his popularity skyrocketing.
In an interesting turn of fate, original star Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future, The Frighteners) was on Family Ties with Bateman’s older sister, Justine.
And speaking of Fox, one of the reasons he didn’t return for this sequel as he didn’t want to go through the process of getting into the werewolf makeup again every day. But he wasn’t alone in sitting out the sequel. In fact, James Hampton and Mark Holton are the only actors to reprise their roles from the original.
Go figure, the film sports a 7% rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. Siskel and Ebert gave the film two thumbs down. Ebert complained they had picked (along with Date with an Angel) the two worst films to ever be released on the same day. Ouch.
Kim Darby co-stars along with John Astin, Paul Sand, James Hampton, and Mark Holton. Estee Chandler joins them along with Stuart Fratkin, Robert Neary, Beth Ann Miller, Rachel Sharp, William H.Burton, David Burton, and Kathleen Freeman.
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