The 80s must have been a weird time. And I mean that in the most affectionate of ways. Sure the music and fashions were eccentric (and amazing), but it’s never more plainly clear how distinct the 80s were than through its movies.
Movies like My Mom’s a Werewolf.
This 1989 comedy horror is pretty much a check list of 80s cliche must-haves:
- Eccentric best friend
- Beautiful mother with lazy father
- Party scene with bizarre happenings montage
- Monkey suit werewolf costumes
- Cheap pop songs with bizarre, yet catchy lyrics
- Needless cover of classic song (though this will always be Hollywood’s eternal vice)
- A cute, hairy dog
My Mom’s a Werewolf is essnetially a film that has everything written right on the tin. Leslie Shaber is an underappreciated woman. Her daughter doesn’t bother, and her husband prefers football games with the boys over spending time with her.
One day, while shopping for a flea collar, Leslie meets a mysterious shop owner. He helps her get her stolen bag back and immediately catches her attention. He follows her to the restaurant where she goes for dinner, wooing her despite her generally sensible behaviour.
But while Leslie is falling for a man named “Harry Thropen” (to be fair, played by the ever-gorgeous John Saxon), she’s spotted by her daughter, Jennifer.
Jennifer leaves the restaurant with her friend Stacey. The two follow Leslie as she returns to Harry’s store. They catch them in the bedroom together, but her forced to leave by a policeman.
As Harry and Leslie become aquainted, Harry bites Leslie’s toe. She immediately comes to her senses and leaves. But Jennifer is already suspicious of her mother’s infidenlity. Though she will have a lot more to be concerned about.
After being bitten, Leslie’s sex drive returns, she begins to grow long canines, and she has continuous dreams about Harry.
At Jennifer’s Halloween party, she finally realises that there’s something not quite right with Mom. While she asks Stacey (who’s obsessed with everything monsters) for help, her friend doesn’t offer any. So Jennifer goes to see a local fortune teller.
The fortune teller warns that Leslie can return to her werewolf form at any time. So Stacey and Jennifer begin following Leslie everywhere. Leslie, who know knows she’s destined to be Harry’s hairy wife, becomes a werewolf again and hides out in her house.
Harry arrives to take his bride, but thankfully the girls are there to help Leslie. Stacey manages to take down Harry by poking him with a silver fork. The policemen, who had arrived during the scuffle, see Leslie’s transformation as she turns from a werewolf back into a woman.
The Shabers become famous in their town. And Jennifer’s fortune teller friend begins to rake it in after her talents are revealed.
And that’s seemingly it. That is until Stacey learns more about how a curse can pass on after a werewolf is killed…
My Mom’s a Werewolf is pretty daft. It’s bizzare. It’s also pretty amusing.
This is one of the many films to follow in the wake of the success of Teen Wolf. But it doesn’t really become as iconic. It’s pretty one note, to be honest. Once the mother-is-a-werewolf gag is played, it’s pretty much the only thing that happens throughout.
If anything, this is a nice (if forgettable) piece of 80s schlock. Might be fun for some of the younger ones in the family.