1973 trailer for “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.”
The iconic Chicago-based horror film host will be showcasing the 1973 film, “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” this Sat., June 17 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV. The feature was directed by Nathan H. Juran and was produced by Aaron Rosenberg.
This isn’t the first time that Sven has shown “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.” He had previously showcased Juran’s 1973 horror feature on Me-TV in June 2011, Aug. 2012 and Feb. 2016 (Me-TV was unavailable in the Frederick/Washington, D.C. television market until early 2013).
Who was in “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf?”
The actors who appeared in “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” were Kerwin Matthews (as Robert Bridgestone), Elaine Devry (as Sandy Bridgestone), Scott Sealey (as Richie Bridgestone), Robert J. Wilke (as a Sheriff), Susan Foster (as Jenny), Jack Lucas (as Harry), Bob Homel (as Brother Christopher), George Gaynes (as Dr. Marderosian), Loretta Temple (as Monica), Harold Goodwin (as Mr. Duncan, Goodwin was credited as “Herold Goodwin” in the film), Eric Gordon (as a Hippie) and Paul Baxley (as the first “Werewolf”).
According to Turner Classic Movies’ database entry on “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf,” actor Bob Homel also wrote the screenplay for Juran’s feature. Harold (Herold) Goodwin also worked as a dialogue coach for the 1973 film, according to the American Film Institute’s database portal.
This wasn’t Nathan H. Juran’s only film with Kerwin Matthews
15 years before “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf,” Kerwin Matthews was cast in another cult classic production that was directed by Nathan H. Juran. The actor played the title role of Captain Sinbad in the 1958 film “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad,” which was produced by Ray Harryhausen and Charles H. Schneer (featuring stop-motion sequences in Harryhausen’s “Dynamation” process).
Make-Up by Thomas Burman
Make-up artist Thomas Burman (who was credited as “Thomas R. Burman” in the feature) worked on the special make-up effects for Kerwin Matthews and Paul Baxley’s “Werewolf” moments in the film.
Burman would also specialize in make-up artistry and effects in various film and television productions, including “The Island of Dr. Moreau” (1977), Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977, in an uncredited position for the fabrication of the extraterrestrial mask), “The Goonies” (1985), “Scrooged” (1988), “The Tracey Ullman Show” (for two episodes from 1989 and 1990, near the end of the series) and Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993).
One of Universal’s final “double feature” releases in cinemas
Universal Studios released “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” to theaters in November 1973. According to IMDB’s trivia portal, the film was released as a “double feature” presentation with another thriller that was filmed that same year , “Sssssss”*. This was one of Universal’s final “double feature” releases.
Be sure to tune in to Svengoolie’s showcase of “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (1973) this Sat. on Me-TV! Whether you have seen this film before on Sven’s showcase or if this will be your first time seeing “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf,” you will not be disappointed in Sven’s presentation (with his fun facts about the feature, skits, Doug Graves’ song intermission and the “mail call” segment with Kerwyn)!
*Vintage Universal horror features that Sven has showcased before!
Sidebar: Not connected to the 2010 Nickelodeon made-for-cable telefilm of the same name.
Sat., June 17 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3 (over-the-air)/Comcast 196
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV sub-channel)