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Vintage Durango: Creature feature coming atchya

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Advertisement for”I was a Teenage Werewolf,” in the Jan.7, 1958, Durango Herald.
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Advertisement for”I was a Teenage Werewolf,” in the Jan.7, 1958, Durango Herald.

An a-hole teenager gets an experimental therapy for his anger issues and – Oh no! – he’s turned into a snarling SOB who wants to eat his friends. “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” was the first movie to ever use the word “teenage” in the title. Though pure camp now, at release, it was considered shocking. Never before had a youngster been turned into a monster, in film.

If you caught the movie on its first run, it rolled as a double feature with “Invasion of the Saucer Men.” Plot: A drunk, an alien corpse, a lover’s lane, and the military. It may be that 1957 had better movies than we do.

“I was a Teenage Werewolf” re-entered the pop culture radar via a song of the same name on the 1980 album “Songs the Lord Taught Us,” by The Cramps. Writers of ass-shakin,’ primitive rock ’n’ roll, The Cramps performed songs heavily infused with B-horror, sci-fi, and risqué themes.

Here’s Lux Interior, the Great Garbage Man himself, singing his psycho werewolf song.

Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer

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Advertisement for”I was a Teenage Werewolf,” in the Jan.7, 1958, Durango Herald.