Written by: Mike Davis
Directed by: Mike Davis
Starring (The voices of): Mark Evan Jackson, Paul Alvarez, Ashley Ann, Robert R. Bloomingdale, Amanda Gari, Marcella Haro, Anthony Jenkins , Timothy Johnson, Matt Piedmont, Casey Robinson, Aurelie Sanchez, Nick Shakoour, Chris Smith, Del Stetson, Francis Stokes, Jonathan Yudis.
Runtime: 80 minutes
The President of the United States has been bitten by a werewolf and is loose on the streets of Washington on a killing rampage! This comedy/horror/political satire is also a 'green movie', created entirely out of recycled stock and public domain film footage culled from over one hundred grainy government instructional shorts, classroom education movies, vintage stag reels and features that have fallen out of copyright as well as from the favor of the public. - IMDB
"Good news, Mr. President. You're a fucking werewolf. You've been cleared for discharge."
When I had first heard the title President Wolfman, I knew right off the bat that this was something that I wanted to see. That was before even reading the plot or knowing anything about the movie. I started seeing promotional images for it on social media sites, feeding my desire to check this one out. The fine folks at Wild Eye were kind enough to hook us up with a copy for review!
Upon putting the movie in, you're greeted with the theme song, which is fantastic. It's '70's, and it's cheesy, but in the best way possible. You're then given the typical FBI warning and then a statement telling you that the footage was pulled from public domain and overdubbed. Most of the movie is footage from the 1973 film The Werewolf Of Washington, starring Dean Stockwell, but like the synopsis says, there's footage from numerous sources.
The dialogue is fun, even witty at times. Satirical. I was apprehensive at first because of the whole recycled footage and overdubs, but if you listen, you'll find that it's not only funny but intelligent as well. Satire well placed and pulled off successfully. Without giving much away, there's a bit about the US merging with China. The conversation regarding the countries colors: "We can all cheer for the red, white, and red and blue and red."
The bad? It's recycled footage and overdubbed. Though I hesitate calling it 'bad'. Campy, yes. But it also adds to it's charm. I found myself laughing more often than not and I think if the film was longer than 80 minutes, it would have lost it's effectiveness and treaded into 'bad' territory.
I recommend it if you're in a silly mood. You have to watch it with a light heart and have a sense of humor. If you're looking for a masterpiece out of a movie called President Wolfman, who's the cheesy one?