Teen Wolf Too Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Christopher Leitch
Screenwriter: Tim Kring
Cast: Jason Bateman, Kim Darby, John Astin, Paul Sand, James Hampton, Mark Holton, Estee Chandler, Stuart Fratkin
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG | 94 Minutes
Release Date: August 8, 2017
1987 brought with it some of my favorite films, including Predator, RoboCop, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Hellraiser, Evil Dead II, and The Monster Squad, just to name a few. ’87 also gave us some of the worst sequels ever, like Jaws: The Revenge, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, and Teen Wolf Too, now available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, known for delivering definitive releases of cult classics and forgotten genre films.
Directed by Christopher Leitch (writer of Universal Solider, director of She Fought Alone), Teen Wolf Too is a carbon-copy of Rod Daniel’s 1985 film, minus the charm. I have to assume that this movie was conceived as a direct sequel to the original, with Scott becoming a certified “party animal,” livin’ it up at college on a basketball scholarship. After Fox, who had become a big star after Back to the Future, dropped out, rewrites created a new character that could serve as a stand-in for Scott. Enter Jason Bateman (Zootopia, Horrible Bosses), brother of Fox’s Family Ties co-star, Justine Bateman, who stars as Todd Howard, Scott’s cousin.
An incoming college freshman, Todd has been accepted into Hamilton University on an athletic scholarship, despite the fact that he’s never played a single sport in his entire life. How did this happen? Well, as it turns out, Hamilton’s boxing coach is none other than Coach Bobby Finstock (Paul Sand, replacing Jay Tarses), Scott’s high school basketball coach from the first film. Finstock recruited Todd in the hopes that he’s a werewolf too, and can use his superhuman abilities to turn the university’s struggling boxing team around.
Screenwriter Tim Kring (Heroes, Crossing Jordan), recreates the original film beat by beat, making small changes while keeping a few legacy characters around to make it feel like a continuation instead of a retread. That’s why Finstock goes from coaching high school basketball to college boxing, and he apparently got reconstructive surgery and a bad wig in the process.
In addition to Finstock, Rupert “Stiles” Stilinski, Scott’s best friend, returns as Todd’s dorm mate. Memorably played by Jerry Levine in the original, Stiles is portrayed by a mulleted Stuart Fratkin, best known for playing Fitz in Ski School. The inclusion of Finstock and Stiles add absolutely nothing to this movie, as they bear little resemblance to their original versions. It’s as if Teen Wolf Too takes place in some sort of alternate dimension where no one’s as funny, charming, or even likable as anyone from the first movie.
The only returning actors are James Hampton, who plays Scott’s father, and Chubby (Mark Holton, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure). Also joining the cast is John Astin (The Addams Family) as Dean Dunn and Kim Darby as a professor who also happens to be a werewolf.
As you might imagine, Todd’s popularity skyrockets when he unleashes the animal within. Who would’ve thought that being a werewolf makes you amazing at sports? And who could fathom that a collegiate sports organization would officially sanction a boxing match between a lycanthrope and a human? Movies are magical, am I right? I can only recommend Teen Wolf Too to the most grizzled, battle-hardened bad movie veterans. It bypasses “so bad it’s good” territory and dives head-first into the “so bad it’s painful” abyss. Bad writing, bad performances, bad direction, bad effects, this movie has it all! Unfortunately, unlike equally bad flicks like Troll 2 or Birdemic, Teen Wolf Too isn’t entertaining in the slightest.
As for the disc, this Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray offers a 1080p high-definition transfer (1.85:1 aspect ratio) with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. No information is provided as to if this was a new 2K scan, but it’s certainly the best this movie has ever looked, with sharp detail and vibrant colors. Special features on the Teen Wolf Too Collector’s Edition include “Working with the Wolf” – an interview with director Christopher Leitch; “Otherworldly” – an interview with Kim Darby; “A Man of Great ‘Stiles’” – an interview with Stuart Fratkin; “Nerdy Girl Saves the Day” – an interview with co-star Estee Chandler; “A Wolf in ‘80s Clothing” – a look at the wardrobe of Teen Wolf Too with costume designer Heidi Kaczenski, and a still gallery.
If you’re a completist, Teen Wolf Too will look great on your shelf next to Teen Wolf (read my review here), thanks to the matching illustration cover art by Paul Shipper. Is it worth owning? Well, I guess that all depends on if you enjoy films about werewolves who excel at the sweet science of fisticuffs. If the answer to that question is yes, then, by all means, pick up this new Scream Factory release – it’s likely the most love and attention anyone’s ever given to this film, including the people who made it.
Teen Wolf Too (Collector’s Edition) is now available on Blu-ray at Amazon.