|Directed by||Eric Red|
|Produced by||James G. Robinson|
|Screenplay by||Eric Red|
|Based on||Thor by
|Music by||Daniel Licht|
|Editing by||Carroll Timothy O'Meara|
|Studio||Morgan Creek Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release dates||November 1, 1996 (USA)|
|Running time||80 minutes|
|Budget||$7,000,000 (estimated)|
|Box office||$1,055,525 (USA)|
Bad Moon is a 1996 American horror film written and directed by Eric Red and produced by James G. Robinson. The plot involves a family man who struggles to overcome his curse. The film stars Michael Paré, Mariel Hemingway and Mason Gamble.
The film is based on the novel Thor by Wayne Smith, which mainly tells the story from the dog's viewpoint. Thor was published in the United States (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press hardback, Ballantine paperback), and in the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway, in German, Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian.
The movie made many significant changes from the novel, particularly in the make-up of the family, which in the novel consisted of two parents and three children, as well as the dog, who sees the family as his pack, which must be defended at all costs. The dog's perceptions of events are treated in great detail, as is the relationship between him and his human family, and his confusion as to whether the werewolf is a threat to his family that must be eliminated, or a pack member who must be respected. These subtleties mainly did not make it into the film.
Bad Moon received poor reviews and was a box office bomb.
While making love in their tent during their expedition in Nepal photo-journalists Ted (Michael Paré) and his girlfriend Marjorie are attacked by a werewolf. The werewolf snatches Marjorie and Ted attempts to rescue her but gets bitten in his shoulder and thrown to the ground. Hurt but determined he crawls to his shotgun and manages to shoot the werewolf's head off but not before the beast kills Marjorie. With the intent of living in isolation Ted moves back home into a trailer in the woods hours away from his lawyer sister Janet Harrison (Mariel Hemingway). One day in an effort to reach out to her and his young nephew Brett (Mason Gamble) Ted calls them up and invites them for a meal at his home by the lake. Upon seeing him again the family dog Thor, begins to sense something wrong with "Uncle Ted" and goes into the woods tracking a smell which leads him to human remains hanging on a tree branch. Meanwhile having heard of Marjorie's death and in attempt at comforting her brother Janet invites him to stay with them. Shaken and fearful of hurting them Ted declines and Janet Brett and Thor leave before the sun starts to set, at Ted's insistence. The next day there is an investigation going on in the woods near Ted's trailer where the mangled bodies of several missing hikers and a Forest Ranger were found, Ted under fear of being found guilty, calls Janet and tells her he's changed his mind. He parks his trailer in her yard in the hopes that being near his family he'll be able to control himself. Thor however, aware of Ted's nature and suspicious of him becomes hostile towards him. Noticing that he goes out to "jog" at night with handcuffs Thor becomes frenzied until Janet lets him out of the house. tracking his scent Thor follows Ted into the woods and finds him turned into a werewolf and tied to a tree growling, clawing and trying to escape, meanwhile Janet looking for Thor and goes into the woods. Aware of her danger Thor manages to find her and distracts her back to her house before she finds Ted. The next day while making breakfast Janet sees on TV the news coverage on the killings and confronts her brother about not telling her his reasons for visiting her and invites him to stay permanently. While Brett is watching Werewolf of London (mistakenly confused for The Wolfman) Brett and Ted discuss werewolves and their existence with Ted stating that it doesn't take a full moon to start the transformation and saying that he has "been acquainted with a few in his time" and Brett stating that werewolves don't exist. while Brett throws out the trash Ted tries to warn his sister and advices her to start listening to Thor and his sudden change in behavior and drops hints that the murders had been done by a wolf. she ignores his pleas and he retreats into his trailer where Thor follows him waiting for him until the sun starts to set. Ted scared hides from the dog at first but eventually leaves the trailer with the hopes of chaining himself again. With the sun setting Ted screams for Janet to take Thor away and when she does he rushes into the woods. Thor afraid of Ted hurting his family begins to bark until Brett lets him out of the house. he makes his way to the woods to find that Ted was too late and wasn't able to handcuff himself and has made his way into the backyard. Werewolf Ted attacks Thor but the dog fights back which wakes up Janet and Ted is scared away when she turns on the bright deck lights. Janet sees Thor's injuries and fearful of Ted's advice calls The Sheriff and goes into Ted's trailer to notify him thinking he's there. She does not find Ted but instead finds his werewolf book, gruesome pictures of Marjorie's body and some of Ted's victims and a journal in which Ted details his pain and his turmoil with not finding a cure for his "disease" and his hopes of finding peace by his family's side. werewolf Ted seems to lurk outside the trailer but Janet leaves safely, shaken but adamant about straightening things out with her brother. Later that night a flopsy who had previously tried to frame Thor for a false bite, goes into the Harrison's yard with intent of killing Thor but is instead attacked and killed by werewolf Ted. The next day the sheriff shows up and questions Janet about Thor and informs her of the flopsy's attack by a wild animal having found his mutilated body 100 yards away from her property. Remembering Thor's injuries Janet asks if the culprit could have been a wolf but the sheriff says no and advices her to turn Thor into the pound. Not believing Thor could be the killer she confronts Ted who initiates Thor to attack him with his glare and Thor is taken to the pound. Now more confident and apparentely more accepting of his bloodlust Ted "marks his territory" by urinating in Thor's doghouse (as Thor had done to his trailer earlier) and shows hostility towards Brett who is angry at Ted for being the reason Thor was turned in. Brett pretends to go to sleep but packs his backpack and sneaks out of the house to free his dog while Janet confronts Ted in the woods with a hand gun and 8 rounds. In the woods Ted accuses his sister of not listening to his warnings and knowing the truth all along and begins to transform. Janet flees in panic to her home with werewolf Ted on her trail crashing into the house until they reach Brett's room. meanwhile Brett reaches the pound on his bicycle, breaks in and frees Thor who takes off running and gets to the house just as Ted is about to attack Janet. A vicious fight ensues between them with Thor savagely biting and injuring Ted several times and Ted throwing Thor across the ceiling light and seemingly killing him. Brett having followed Thor and worried about his mom goes into his room and is held up by the throat by werewolf Ted. Seeing her opportunity and defending Brett, Janet gun in hand screams at Ted to get the fuck off her son and unloads all 8 rounds on her brother who releases Brett and spins from the shots. Hurt but still alive he growls at the now defenseless Janet but Thor awakens gets up, gets between them and throws himself on Ted knocking them both out the window and into the yard. Ted severely injured but still alive gets up but limps into the woods to retreat. Though Thor is just as wounded he once again gets up follows him and tracks him down until sunrise where human Ted emerges from behind a tree bruised, beaten and bloody. Standing his ground and ready to attack Thor whimpers in reluctance but Ted tells him to "do it" and with no more hesitation Thor lunges at him and finishes him off. Some time later Janet's house is being repaired and she and Brett are seen petting Thor who is bandaged and recovering from the fight and Janet apologizes for blaming him and putting him in the pound. suddenly Thor (as a werewolf) savagely growls at her. Janet wakes up alarmed and quickly realizes it was just a nightmare as she, Brett and Thor are fine and at peace.
- Michael Paré — Uncle Ted
- Mason Gamble — Brett
- Mariel Hemingway — Janet
- Ken Pogue — Sheriff Jenson
- Hrothgar Mathews — Flopsy
- Johanna Lebovitz — Marjorie
- Gavin Buhr — Forest Ranger
- Julia Montgomery Brown — Reporter
- Primo — Thor
The MPAA rated this film an R for "horror violence and gore, brief language, and a scene of sexuality". Originally, the film was issued an NC-17 rating, so a few seconds of graphic sex and violence were cut from the pre-title sequence.
- Bad Moon at the Internet Movie Database
- Bad Moon at allmovie
- Bad Moon at Box Office Mojo
- Bad Moon at Rotten Tomatoes
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