Teen Wolf is a 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, the protagonist of the movie. Teen Wolf is the original film in which the series is based off, the movie itself had a sequel Teen Wolf Too and a animated series that ran for two seasons Teen Wolf (1986 TV series)
The basic premise of the film is the same as the series in that Scott Howard becomes a werewolf, only in the movie it was passed to him from his father, rather than a bite.
Scott is teenager living in the town of Beacontown and attends Beacontown high, he is a basketball player for his school's team which is very unsuccessful and he is infatuated with Pamela Wells, who is dating one of his rivals. Scott's life takes a twist when he begins exhibiting changes and discovers that he is a werewolf.
- Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard
- Lorie Griffin as Pamela Wells
- James Hampton as Harold Howard
- Susan Ursitti as Lisa "Boof" Marconi
- Jerry Levine as Rupert "Stiles" Stilinski
- Matt Adler as Lewis
- Kidus Henok as Michael (Police Officer)
- Jim McKrell as Vice Principal Rusty Thorne
- Mark Arnold as Mick McAllister
- Jay Tarses as Coach Bobby Finstock
- Mark Holton as Chubby
- Clare Peck as Miss Hoyt
- Gregory Itzin as English Teacher
- Doris Hess as Science Teacher
- Scott Paulin as Kirk Lolley
- Elizabeth Gorcey as Tina
- Melanie Manos as Gina
- Doug Savant as Brad
- Troy Evans as Dragons coach
- Richard Brooks as Lemonade
- Harvey Vernon as Carry-Out Clerk
Differences between the film and the seriesEdit
One of the immediate differences is the circumstances in which Scott acquires his lycanthropy, it being a hereditary strain than a viral bite. Character names also different with the exception of Bobby Finstock. The town is also different in name, which is also contradicted in the animated series as in the movie, its called Beacontown, but in the animated series, its called wolverton.
- Despite it being the original basis for the series, the movie is not canon to the series.
The film gained mixed views with the critics and has only 47% on the rotten tomatoes meter.