On June 19, 1957, teenage girls across America thronged to the local movie theater for a triple treat – Sugar Babies, Grape Nehi, and 20-year-old heart-throb Michael Landon in the premier of director Gene Fowler, Jr.’s I Was a Teenage Werewolf. Two years before “Little Joe” experienced the wild, wild west on the classic television series Bonanza, he got in touch with his own wild side as violent troublemaker Tony Rivers. Enter an unscrupulous psychiatrist armed with regression hypnotherapy and an experimental serum (antidepressant research was booming in the ’50s!) and Michael undergoes a transformation requiring up to two hours of facial prosthetic work. Will a janitor from the Carpathian Mountains be able to save Tony and the other students at Rockdale High? Who will be the next victim?
I Was a Teenage Werewolf grossed over two million dollars at the box office. Michael Landon was paid $1000. Coming soon from Gene Fowler, Jr. – I Married a Monster From Outer Space.
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