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Imagine your worst fear a reality
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…
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…
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…
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!
"We should have stuck with the old ways. Raising cattle for our feed. Where's the life in that?"
The years go by and The Howling is still my favorite Werewolves film. It has stayed with me since the first time I watched it.
The score by Pino Donaggio is reason enough to give it a watch , I got sucked into the world that director Joe Dante wanted me to go, The theme song is iconic, I can't shake it out of my head, a clear case of visuals and music merging perfectly.
The special effects are bad-ass, I can't find another word to describe it, the transformations are…
If 1981 werewolf movies (this and American Werewolf in London) taught us anything its that practical effects and makeup beat CGI hands down.
A very enjoyable movie from Joe Dante. Great fx and solid story and cast.
I'd actually seen the ending of the movie before, but without all the movie that comes before it, it doesn't make a lot of sense.
Pretty decent flick with spectacular looking werewolves. The serial killer aspect of it was pretty creepy and Dee Wallace did a good job showing some real discomfort at the beginning of the movie. Could do without the casual 80s domestic violence where everyone always seemed to hit their woman, though.
One of the best werewolf films.
The first time I saw this film I was not a fan. I had no idea what to expect and was for whatever reason disappointed.
Now that I have seen it once again, I enjoy it for what it is and has always been. Weird and wild, playful and genuinely chilling.
Great monsters and great sight gags
"I'm gonna give you a piece of my mind."
A good mix of horror, dark comedy and just a bit of camp. Joe Dante's movie is better than you might think. Pino Donaggio's musical score is a definite plus! There are no synths in this musical score. It's a fun watch!
A little underwhelming really. It's almost a shame for this film that it came out in the same year as An American Werewolf in London, which is better in just about every way.
The Howling flirts with going in many potentially interesting directions, but it instead remains in a dull orbit rather than pursuing any of them with real depth. There are some occasional stylistic flourishes of what Joe Dante would become, but the film still feels rather lifeless. Aside from the occasional good line, camera move, special effect or cut and the gonzo ending, the highlight is probably Dick Miller's occult bookstore. Unfortunately, no amount of visual puns (or Dick Miller) could salvage a film this muddled.
The first 20 minutes of The Howling is relentless, bewildering and quite brilliant, a whirling montage of neon light and darkness, pornographic images, fragmented scenes, tension and shock. Quite the most unsettling image of all is the lens of the camera, twitching and leering at Dee Wallace's newswoman as she struggles to cope with the studio lights after her deathly experience with a serial killer. It's as if the killer and the city, filtered through the flickering images and broken sound of television is just too much to bear, somehow tapping into the more primal beats of the dark side of humanity below.
And then we're off up coastal roads to the remaining two thirds of the film, which plod…
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…