With the rousing success of the award-winning "Teen Wolf" television show, I'm glad Scream Factory decided to release the original two movies and allow folks to see where it all began. "Teen Wolf Too" is not as good or endearing as its predecessor. It does stand on its own as a serviceable follow-up to the cult classic, though.
All the ingredients for a cheese-filled 1980s viewing party are touched on. The lovable loser who has a lesson to learn about life and love; The trouble-making opportunistic best buds who look to somehow score off their friend's stardom; and an incredible dance number where party-goers suddenly begin to groove in unison together surrounding an incredibly choreographed Teen Wolf.
In "Teen Wolf Too," Todd Howard (Jason Bateman) is a Hamilton University freshman with a full athletic scholarship — only Todd has no idea why, since he's far more interested in veterinary medicine than sports. But his boxing coach, Bobby Finstock (Paul Sand), is very familiar with the Howard family secret and he's hoping he can use it to his advantage. When the whole school — including Todd — finds out that he's a werewolf with superhuman abilities, Todd's popularity skyrockets and he becomes the big wolf on campus.
Jason Bateman does a great job playing Todd Howard and Teen Wolf, switching between insecure and overly confident in his journey from science nerd to hairy boxing champ. James Hampton returns in the role of Uncle Harold to impart his life wisdom and boxing skills when Todd needs some reassurance and direction. The real bummer was the replacement of Stuart Fratkin for Jerry Levine in the role of Stiles. While Fratkin isn't a bad actor, he just can't top the ridiculous charisma of Levine in the original film.
I've heard a lot of people complain about the werewolf makeup for "Teen Wolf Too." However, I find it to be a perfect amount of wolf and humanity. We're also introduced to a female werewolf, which has a little something extra to wave around at folks. Uncle Harold still looks like a harmless cross between a wolf and a chipmunk. Overall, I think the makeup accomplishes what it needs to and doesn't distract from the comedy elements of the film.
"Teen Wolf Too" is rated PG for language, adult situations, crude humor, and nudity. A girl is seen topless in one scene as she opens the door to Todd's dorm room. It's a college comedy geared towards teens, so go figure.
All sorts of great new bonus material are found in the "Teen Wolf Too" Collector's Edition. New interview featurettes include Director Christopher Leitch, Costume Designer Heidi Kaczenski, and actors Kim Darby, Stuart Fratkin, and Estee Chandler. It also includes a still gallery.
"Teen Wolf Too" is directed by Christopher Leitch. It stars Jason Bateman, James Hampton, John Astin, Kim Darby, Stuart Fratkin, Estee Chandler, and Mark Holton. The movie is approximately 95 minutes long.
"Teen Wolf Too" Collector's Edition is available now on Blu-ray.