I have always thought that this movie was exceptionally good for the genre, especially considering the budget of the film and that it was a straight-to-video release.
I always love a werewolf movie that does not rely heavily upon the use of CGI. Plus, the little bit that is used in this film is done well. The werewolf design in this movie is great! I personally prefer quadraped werewolves, but the biped in "Bad Moon" ranks right up there with those from "The Howling" and "Dog Soldiers".
The plot of the movie is good. It's nothing that just blows you away, but it's good. The acting is the same as the plot ... good, but nothing special. Which really, when you think about it, is better than most movies of the genre. There are the exceptions to the rule, but for the most part the plots and/or acting in werewolf movies are either repetitive of other (better) werewolf movies, or so off-the-wall crazy that they just don't make any sense (Howling 2 through 7). I'm just being honest (and if you are a TRUE fan of the genre, you wil agree). No matter ... those rules don't really apply to this movie. As far as the stereotypical werewolf movie goes, "Bad Moon" is above par on all levels.
What it all boils down to ... watch this movie. You WILL enjoy it.
Young-adult werewolf horror novel of a boy who realizes that he's changing when the moon is full and fears that he's responsible for the savage death of a local girl.
I haven't read this book since probably 1993 (I would have been 13), but I remember it being being fantastic! It's geared towards a teenage audience, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a great werewolf read. I'm going to try to find it again myself just so I can re-read it.
Overall, this movie was pretty good. I don't know that it would make anyone's top 10 list of werewolf movies, but it's good nonetheless. If you are expecting a traditional werewolf flick, you may be let down. But if you are looking for a slight twist on the genre, then you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
We start off with some pretty rowdy-looking characters in the woods apparently looking for something. It turns out what they are looking for is a (soon-to-be) 13-year-old boy named Tim who is camped out in a little, po-dunk, midwest town. We come to find out that the boy is actually the key to stopping a curse...the curse of the "skinwalkers." The boy has been protected from birth by his immediate family (we'll call them the "Partridge Family" werewolves) but at the same time, he is being hunted by an evil group (these are the "Harley-Davidson" werewolves) led by an eagle (???).
The movie is basically a long chase sequence where the "Harley-Davidson" werewolves (named so because their preferred choices of transportation are motorcyles, plus these lycanthropes LOVE leather) are in hot pusuit of the "Partridge Family" werewolves (named so because they travel around in this kick-ass werewolf RV loaded down with an arsenal of weapons - of course - and restraint devices for when they transform. Unfortunately they do not sing songs like the beloved TV Partridge Family - damn it!). The curse will be broken upon the stroke of midnight on Tim's 13th birthday (this is kind of confusing after seeing the ending...you'll see what I mean). Once the movie gets going, it goes pretty quickly. The two best scenes in the movie are the final scene with the big werewolf fight and the old west gunfight-in-the-street scene. I won't give away anything about the final scene, but I must praise the gunfight. There were 2 aspects about this scene that really stood out to me: werewolves are really bad shots, and elderly werewolves can take a f**kin' bullet! Tim's grandmother (Nana) takes body shots from Uzis and .357s and still has it in her to wield two .44 Magnums! That's my kind of grandma!
There are no transformation scenes to speak of in this movie. The camera simply cuts away to something else and then cuts back to reveal the werewolf, or the werewolf simply appears already transformed. And these are not your typical werewolves. They remain fully clothed, and actually just get a little harier, grow fangs and long ears, and get really strong. I think the makers of the movie wanted the viewer to still recognize each werewolf as an individual, so they kept the make-up to a minimum. The creature effects were done by Stan Winston, so even though they were not done in excess, they were done well.
I believe the version that I have seen is the R-rated version because the language and sexuality were a little harsh for PG-13. But the violence wasn't over-the-top, so either version will probably yield the same overall results. The movie is definitely worth checking out.