Full Moon High

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Full Moon High
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLarry Cohen
Written byLarry Cohen
Produced byLarry Cohen
StarringAdam Arkin
Ed McMahon
Roz Kelly
CinematographyDaniel Pearl
Edited byArmond Lebowitz
Music byGary William Friedman
Larco Productions
Distributed byFilmways Pictures
Release date
  • October 9, 1981 (1981-10-09)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States

Full Moon High is a 1981 American comedy horror film written and directed by Larry Cohen.


The film is about a teenager who goes on a trip to Transylvania with his father and gets bitten by a werewolf. Made ageless, he attempts to put his life back together a couple of decades later by enrolling in high school. He initially tries to keep his secret from the school and the three women who show interest in him — a sexually active high school student, his own former girlfriend (now a married mother of one), and one of his teachers. He ignores sexual advances because it is his "time of the month." He later encourages the female high school student to film his transformation. She, and the students who later watch the film, mistake the footage at first for a stag film, but after people watch the whole film he is arrested for the crimes he committed while in wolf form. He, as the wolf, escapes prison in time to participate in his high school's homecoming football game. There he is gunned down by a psychiatrist (played by Alan Arkin) but survives because inflation has rendered a single silver bullet insufficient to kill a werewolf.



The film was filmed partially at John Burroughs Senior High School in the city of Burbank, California, in the summer of 1979. A portion of this movie was also filmed on location in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, on the football field in Bergen County Park at the foot of Valley Brook Avenue and River Road. The stands were filled with everyone from the town, and the varsity football team of that year were featured.

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