There’s a considerable drop off in quality with “Teen Wolf Too” with what is essentially the same movie with a premise that was cut and pasted. Michael J. Fox opted out of this follow up, setting the stage for the film debut of Jason Bateman, who took the first and last sequel of this oddly popular series. I remember watching this movie as a kid quite often, since the channel I always watched never had the original. Years later, “Teen Wolf Too” isn’t a very good movie, and as a follow up should be watched by fans that are either Jason Bateman fanatics, or absolutely have to watch every sequel of a movie series. Hey, it’s not as bad as any of “The Howling” sequels. That’s about as big an endorsement I’m wiling to give it.
Rather than bring Scott back and replace Fox altogether, the movie makes a feign attempt at widening the mythos by making Bateman’s character the cousin of Scott. He’s named Todd and he’s decided to go to college on a scholarship. Arriving with his uncle, Scott’s father (James Hampton in a walk on role), Todd is well aware of his family’s legacy of werewolves, and much of the first five minutes is the audience getting an expository run down. Mainly, we learn: Where the hell is Michael J. Fox? So Todd goes to college, and he’s a science geek who is hell bent on ignoring his animal urges. Meanwhile, he’s given two roommates, both of whom are characters Styles, and Chubby, Scott’s former classmates who coincidentally end up in college with Todd. Again, “Teen Wolf Too” is a cut and paste sequel, except not as novel or entertaining. Much of the movie just goes through the motions with Todd forming a bond with a girl next door type, gaining a crush on sexy classmate from an upper crest family like the original film.
Once Todd accepts his wolf form, he becomes a popular college man and world class wrestler. See? It’s wrestling, not basketball. It’s different, kids! Among the basic frame work, Todd becomes a major douche bag, and he even gets an awful musical number singing “Do You Love Me?” during a party. It’s fun to see where Bateman started, as he is well known for being an excellent comedic and dramatic actor, today. He’s just sadly brought down by a really bad sequel that does nothing new with the premise, and is more of a waste of time than anything else. At best, it’s good background noise while you’re doing laundry, or working on your computer, but it’s another case of a studio rushing out a sequel to bank on the momentum of the first movie. Fox was wise to move on.
The extras for this edition from Scream Factory feature new interviews with the cast and crew, sans Jason Bateman, of course. There’s “Working with the Wolf,” a sixteen minute interview with director Christopher Leitch, who discusses the sequel, casting, story, and themes, et al. “A Man of Great Stiles” is a seventeen minute interview with actor Stuart Fratkin who discusses what he did with the character, and what it was like working on the set. “Nerdy Girl Saves the Day” is a seven minute interview with Estee Chandler who discusses her role, acting, and other experiences. “Otherworldly” is a seven minute interview with veteran actress Kim Darby, who talks about her career, working with other actors, and her experiences on set. “A Wolf in 80’s Clothing” is a ten minute interview with costume designer Heidi Kaczenski, who discusses the totally rad wardrobe from the decade. Finally there’s a still gallery featuring poster art, and scenes from the film.