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Eric Cord (John J. York) was a graduate student in college whose life took a bizarre twist when his best friend Ted asked Eric to kill him with a pistol loaded with a silver bullet – because Ted was a werewolf!
Eric thought his friend was off his rocker but was forced to oblige when Ted turned into a werewolf and attacked him. Unfortunately, Eric was bitten in the attack and found that he was now afflicted with the deadly curse.
The only way to rid himself of it was to find and kill “the source of the bloodline”, the mysterious one-eyed Captain Janos Skorzeny (Chuck Connors, pictured below).
Eric embarked on a cross-country hunt for the swaggering Skorzeny while he, in turn, was being tracked by bounty hunter Alamo Joe (Lance LeGault) for the shooting murder of dear old Ted.
Although Eric was now prone to turn into a werewolf under the full moon, fortunately for the honest citizenry he only seemed to attack criminals, evil folk, and other werewolves.
Eric finally found and killed Skorzeny, but another complication arose – it turned out the source of the bloodline was actually Nicholas Remy (Brian Thompson), a remarkably well-preserved, powerful, and diabolical 2,000-year-old werewolf. Eric’s quest to rid himself of his curse continued.
Viewers never found out if he succeeded, however, since the series was cancelled soon after Remy’s arrival.
Werewolf was a very atmospheric series with vivid, even terrifying, special effects (the producers hired Rick Baker, the Oscar-winning makeup artist who created the animal image in An American Werewolf in London).
The Fox network promoted the show heavily during 1987 and straight-faced announcements were aired giving viewers a toll-free number to call if they had sighted a werewolf. More than 400,000 calls were received.
Later announcements featured Dr Stephen Kaplan, an instructor of parapsychology, providing information about werewolves.
John J. York
Alamo Joe Rogan
Captain Janos Skorzeny