Most of the films the MST3K crew ripped on were usually made in the 50s - 80s. But here's a movie that was made in 1996, barely 3 years old at the time of the episode's release. It's always fun to see MST3K destory a lot of more recent films - that's why Rifftrax was made!
As for the movie, there's no excuse for it to be made the way it was. Joe Estevaz makes an appearance at the beginning, but after 20 minutes, he disappears from the film completely, obviously trying to save his own dignity. The rest of the film basically involves several archaeologists who get into a random fight and then one of them falls onto a skeleton which is actually that of a werewolf...and a very badly made one at that, with the body of a human and the head of a dog...with ear bones to boot! The archaeologist turns into a werewolf and is eventually killed.
Then the whole plot changes. Now there's a scientist named Yuri (yeah, his name is Yuri) who experiments with the werewolf and turns a security guard into one, who eventually dies after crashing his car off the road. Then another guy named Paul gets into a fight with Yuri and gets scratched, turning into a werewolf as well. Yuri is eventually killed off and Paul settles down with his lover Natalie who has become a werewolf too. TUSK!
This movie is amazingly bad. The acting is terrible. Most of the cast are American but they talk with such exaggerated accents. The girl Natalie is one of the worst actresses I've ever seen. She can't say "Werewolf" to save her life. There's also some recurring gag where the character Yuri keeps changing the color of his hair. First it's brown, then it's black and then in the bar scene, it looks gray. The werewolves themselves look nothing like werewolves. They look more like bears with bat faces being controlled by some puppeteer behind them and Yuri's death looks so stupid. "He's scratching himself with his own **** Crow says. But the best part of the episode has to be the End Credits bit. The music in the movie was overwelming to hear. It deserved to get a good riffing and it got it with Mike and the Bots singing along. TUSK!
Another bad movie given the good old MST3K treatment! Thanks Mike, Kevin and Bill! TUSK!