After watching the film “I Was a Teenage Werewolf,” the biggest theme that stood out was be careful who you trust. Tony the main character, has serious anger issues that lead him to get into numerous amounts of fights. He really wants to go to college and a police officer and his dad both suggest he visit a psychologist to help him control his issues so that they do not hinder his chances of going to college. After some time, Tony succumbs to the idea of getting help from the doctor and visits his office. Unfortunately for Tony, Dr. Brandon wants to test a serum on him that will bring him back to his most primal state, a werewolf. As their sessions continue on, Dr. Brandon finally succeeds in turning Tony into a werewolf. Tony now has even more anger issues and in his werewolf state, kills some of his classmates. He gets shot and killed by the police and was never given the chance to change his behavior even though he wanted to so badly. His future was taken away from him because of the cruel Dr. Brandon who had his own agenda. Tony trusted the advice of the police and his father to visit Dr. Brandon so that he could better himself and change his harmful ways. He trusted Dr. Brandon to help him make those changes, and instead was turned into a murderous animal that ended up being killed.
This theme of being warry of who to trust also appears in the folktales of “Little Red Hat” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” In “Little Red Hat,” the little girl named Little Red Hat is very naïve and doesn’t know that talking to strangers is a bad idea. She comes across an ogre and says “I am going to my grandmother’s to take her some soup” (Schneller). In the end, the ogre beats her to her grandmother’s house and eats her. She was trusting of this ogre because she did not realize she shouldn’t be. The story is similar for “Little Red Riding Hood” where Little Red Riding Hood meets a wolf in the woods and tells him that she is going to her grandmother’s house to bring her cake. When the wolf asks where her grandmother lives, she says “…it is beyond that mill you see there, at the first house in the village” (Perrault). The wolf uses this information and makes his way to her grandmother’s house only to kill her grandmother and her once she arrives. In both stories, the little girls were young, naïve, and unaware of the dangers that could come from trusting strangers.
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Perrault, Charles. Histoires ou contes du temps passé, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l'Oye (Paris, 1697).
Schneller, Christian. "Das Rothhütchen," Märchen und Sagen aus Wälschtirol: Ein Beitrag zur deutschen Sagenkunde (Innsbruck: Verlag der Wagner'schen Universitäts-Buchhandlung, 1867), no. 6, pp. 9-10. Translated by D. L. Ashliman. © 2007.