The Werewolf of Washington

May 9, 2016 at 12:42 am (6 Heads, Werewolf of Washington) (, , , , )

The Werewolf of Washington – 1973 – United States

An American reporter is bitten by a werewolf while traveling in Hungary. Back in the U.S., he is hired to be the press secretary for the President of the United States. As a werewolf, the reporter commits gruesome murders around Washington, D.C. He tries to confess, but none of his coworkers believe him. Instead, clueless, dishonest, and racist politicians accuse communists, hippies, and African American revolutionaries. The reporter also has an affair with the president’s daughter. For protection, he gives her a gun with a silver bullet which she eventually uses to kill him. The film ends with the president becoming a werewolf. As the credits roll, he reads a presidential address which ends with him howling.

The Werewolf of Washington is probably a comedy. There are not any jokes per se, but it is full of weird and farcical situations and characters. The reporter transforms into a werewolf while bowling and his fingers get stuck in the ball. In a secret laboratory under the Pentagon, a crazy dwarf scientist named Dr. Kiss makes a Frankenstein monster. The reporter (played by Dean Stockwell) is a nervous weirdo who freaks out and yells a lot. The werewolf himself is memorable too. He has white fur and wears a suit and tie. Images of him riding on top of a car and tipping over an occupied phone booth are unforgettable.

Werewolf of Washington also features some unusual shooting and editing. These experimental techniques are often sloppy and pointless, but their inclusion is interesting. The film is also poorly lit. Certain scenes are so shadowy it is hard to tell what is happening.

Rating: 6/10 Shrunken Heads. At one point, Werewolf of Washington makes fun of Vice President Spirow Agnew’s verbose speeches. This joke is lost to time.

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