TEDDY on Shudder is a werewolf horror-comedy from France. However, don’t expect to laugh much in the final half. Overall, the humor is very dark, so be ready for that. The werewolf scenes are elegantly executed and work surprisingly well. Read our full Teddy movie review here!
TEDDY is a new Shudder horror movie in the werewolf subgenre. Also, it’s quite the horror-comedy, to begin with, but does turn very dark. I’ve seen people compare it to Stephen King‘s Carrie since Teddy is also an outsider. That would be taking it way too far since he does actually have a loving home and people who care for him.
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This movie is from France, but the werewolf story (as well as the outsider or “loser” element) is very universally recognizable.
Continue reading our Teddy movie review below and watch it on Shudder.
A different kind of horror-comedy
At first, you won’t actually see Teddy turn into a werewolf. You’ll see him as a person doing strange things. It does, however, happen after he’s been bitten or scratched by what he assumes is a dog. The title character is a quirky young man which becomes very obvious with the opening scene.
If the opening scene of Teddy doesn’t make you at least giggle, then this movie probably isn’t for you.
The humor is dark and you shouldn’t expect to laugh out loud much. It’s not that kind of horror-comedy. Instead, the situation is strange because his life is very different from the norm in many ways.
Werewolf effects done right!
He does appear to be very loving and caring, but also grossly unrealistic about the future. And he certainly has a temper. Just not one that turns violent until he’s had a close encounter with a werewolf. Speaking of the werewolf, the scenes are surprisingly well-executed.
You won’t see the actual transformation and what we do see works in a very believable way. In other words, seeing the werewolf is not (in any way!) part of the comedy element of this movie.
However, don’t expect to laugh much in the final half at all. Overall, the humor is very dark, so be ready for that.
Watch Teddy on Shudder!
This French werewolf movie was written and directed by the filmmaker duo consisting of Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma. Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma have made several short films together and had their feature film debut as writers and directors with Willy 1er in 2016.
What works really well (apart from the werewolf scenes themselves) are the performances by the actors.
Especially Anthony Bajon as Teddy. He perfectly portrays this loving and caring young man, who is often misguided but seems to only want good things. Anthony Bajon has already been in quite a few movies. He even won the Best Actor Silver Bear in Berlin in 2018 for The Prayer. I can’t wait to see him act again soon and he’s in many productions right now.
Up next for Zoran and Ludovic Boukherma is a shark horror movie that they are currently filming. Based on Teddy, we will definitely be watching what they come up with next. If we gave half stars here at Heaven of Horror, it would be at 3½ out of 5 and we definitely recommend checking out this movie on Shudder!
Teddy is out on Shudder from August 5, 2021.
Directors: Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma
Writers: Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma
Stars: Anthony Bajon, Christine Gautier, Ludovic Torrent, Guillaume Mattera
After a man is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that local angry farmers have been hunting for months…animal compulsions soon start to overcome him.
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