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After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.
"You can't tame what's meant to be wild, doc, it just ain't natural."
1981 saw the release of two of my favorite werewolf films, while I may enjoy An American Werewolf in London more, it's honestly only slightly better than The Howling. The colony nestled away in the pacific northwest promised the only thing I could ever ask for, MORE werewolves! While the transformation scenes may have been a little too bubbly for some (and they don't quite compare to the masterclass transformation by Rick Baker), the scenes were quite enjoyable with a really great end result--werewolves that walk upright and have really cute bunny ears, I'm easy to please!
Joe Dante regulars are accounted for with: Dick Miller as…
I misremembered this film. I thought it was a lot more humourous and pretty plotless. So glad I was wrong on both counts. I thought it was just great how if somebody flicked over the TV and watched the first 10 mins or so they'd be thinking it was something entirely different than what it was. As always I was super excited when Dick popped up! My fave character actor. And I was really rooting for Dee Wallace's character. I loved how she waited through what seemed like an eternally long transformation before attacking haha. I was also beyond happy that I had forgotten the ending as it was magnificent!
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The Howling is one of my most-beloved films. The werewolf transitions are a little static and the New Age Back-To-Your-Inner-Beast stuff doesn't really work in the context of the film, but what does work is golden: Dee Wallace's intrepid traumatized reporter, Belinda Balaski's TV Producer Terry Fisher, equally as intrepid but with my favorite style of maybe anyone in 1981 in the movies. Her business suit at the start of the film is what I would wear every day if I had an office to go to and I could pull it off. Dick Miller may not be convincing as an occult book store owner as he is in it for the cash which honestly makes no sense, but is…
Joe Dante's "The Howling" has a lot of good things going for it. Rob Bottin's werewolf designs are gruesome and monstrous, the story is compelling, and horror movie inside jokes abound. At the same time, the film plays like a showcase for half-effective makeup effects, the plot lacks urgency, and its characters are bereft of logic. It is a definite mixed bag, but it is a watchable and partially effect experience.
Focusing on a TV reporter who recently investigated a serial killer, the film revolves around her subsequent time-off at a resort/commune on the California coast. Of course, the commune is not what it seems, its residents consisting mostly of werewolves. The story itself is layered and interesting, but it…
We should never try to deny the beast - the animal within us.
-Dr. George Waggner
Werewolves turn to new age psychology for help as Joe Dante and Dee Wallace were just starting out their legendary genre careers. Classic horror plotting with Dante's unique humor in full force with the help of his Piranha screenwriter John Sayles with nods to numerous horror films, werewolves and just wolves in general.
Some tributes are obvious like having characters watch The Wolf Man on television while others are very subtle as having numerous characters use the last names of directors who had made werewolf films. The best however has to be some props from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre finding their way into Walter…
This movie took its sweet time to get where it was going with no great reason to, but when it got there it was definitely worth it. Also lots of transformation scenes done well which I appreciate!
Stop-motion werewolves? Yes please.
Love it. Too bad the sequels all suck shit.
Werewolves will always be my favorite monsters.
Trouble recalling your stalker's (werewolf) attack? There's a special "Colony" retreat for that.... Trust me, I'm a doctor....
Classic werewolf movie with a healthy dose of humor, peppered with sly tributes to the subject matter. The practical effect transformations are pretty amazing, if a little "bubbly", and I found them equal parts scary and hilarious. The final product is a bipedal vicious wolf with bunny ears that often behaves in a muppet-like manner. I cackled like a moron every time.
What I like best about the story is the ending. A good ending is hard to find and I thought this one was beautiful. I am of course talking about the ACTUAL ending, not the tacked on crap that sets up the multitude of sequels. That's just lame, bro.
The intro is great. Everything before they go to the colony is really great. Once they get to the colony, the storytelling gets so disjointed, and everything becomes idiotic, and it remains idiotic, but it tries to convince you that it's exploring the serious theme of the push and pull between human being's animal instincts and their human, civilized tendencies, and then ends on a ridiculously moronic joke that was insulting. Joe Dante is a good filmmaker, and that's clear in the cinematography of the film, but besides that, this is pretty much a big old mess, with bad writing, bad acting, and only one moment which lands, which is the climax of the first ten or fifteen minutes.
Werewolf sex scene was pretty funny though.
Film #1: ⅕ Decades (1980s)
Film 88- #46: Joe Dante
The Howling didn’t have all that much going for it. It’s a below-average 80s horror flick. I didn’t find it interesting, the characters were quite flat, and it rarely immersed me into the film. I will give it credit to the transformation sequences though. Other than that, I just didn’t care for it.
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First saw this film as my older brother had rented it out on VHS back in the day. God that makes me sound old. And I am old. I was born in 1879.
This is an amazing film that achieves the almost impossible in the horror genre- making a film thats scary as hell, has lots of laugh out loud funny moments and lots of in-joke references (for example, a copy of 'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg is seen in one scene as is a can of Wolf chili. Thankfully this is a werewolf film. If it wasn't these references wouldn't make any sense at all). This movie manages all three whilst not losing out in any way for doing this.…
Either werewolf movies aren't my thing, or *this* werewolf movie isn't my thing. I'll have to see how I feel about the sequel.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…