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Deathmoon (1978)
Movie Review by The Gravedigger

Deathmoon (1978) An omniscient narrator, talking over a shot of the Earth from the perspective of the moon, tells that werewolves exist even in the Pacific Isles. Then there's a native Hawaiian dance with animal masks, interrupted by a guy who looks like C. Everett Coop. All of this turns out to be the nightmare of a business guy, Jason Palmer (Robert Foxworth), who resembles that bearded guy in the dream. After talking to a psychiatrist about these continued nightmares what does he decide to do? He goes on a vacation to Hawaii.

At the hotel resort he meets a few characters, one of them being a blonde woman who he starts dating. She's the vice-president of a company and is there on business. But one night after they are drinking at the hotel bar he walks off and has little recollection of that night. Maybe he's dazed by the really bad Hawaiian singer in the lounge? This blackout concerns him so he makes an appointment with a local doctor, who tells him it's probably stress. Afterwards he goes sightseeing with the woman and in an old church they see a photograph of his great-grandfather, who was a missionary on the islands in the 1800's. This is the same guy we saw at the beginning of the movie, who attacked the natives.

Jason has another blackout, though this time a stewardess staying in the motel is slaughtered. The hotel's head of security (Joe Penny) gets a glimpse of him in his wolf man form and at first dismisses it as some guy in a costume. He soon starts thinking otherwise, especially when canine hair is found at the next murder scene. It turns out that Jason has a birthmark on his neck exactly like a scar that was on his great-grandfather's neck, which suggests that he's the reincarnation of that guy--and also cursed by this witch who put the werewolf curse on him.

This is an old-fashioned werewolf tale, with the tortured guy who can't control his curse, complete with a time-lapse makeup transformation like Lon Chaney from THE WOLFMAN. It's how a wolf man is supposed to look, dammit, not like a CGI cartoon.


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