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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…
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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…
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!
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!
1981 was a good year for werewolves between this film and An American Werewolf in London. This is a fun and creepy creature feature from the master Joe Dante that has some fantastic practical effects that still hold up today.
Dee Wallace plays Karen, a news anchor who stays at a mountain resort after suffering a traumatic experience. Of course, the people at the resort are not exactly as they first seem. It's the kind of setup that has been done a million times before, so that part is nothing special. I do like seeing mysterious and weird cultish groups in horror films though, and the people in this film fit that bill.
Crude genre-mix but kinda fun. Was pretty tired when I watched this so this could get bumped up a notch on a possible rewatch.
6/13 #Horrorctober 2016
Nice slow build, great effects and atmosphere out at the retreat. Man becoming beast is always a biting metaphor but nice spin having a woman leading the pack.
"We should never try to deny the beast - the animal within us"
The Howling would've been an exceptionally great werewolf film if it weren't for its awful pacing. I enjoyed this film a lot but it takes way too long to get going.
The special effects are still fantastic! The transformation is creepy and looks amazing!
I couldn't really connect with the characters but I didn't hate them.
Overall, it's a good movie but it's very slow at times
***OctHorror Fest 2016: Horror's Haunting Hits*** Day 19
If you look up the list of great vampire movies, you get a whole host of classics: both the Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee Dracula films, The Lost Boys, Nosferatu, Let the Right One In. Same with zombie movies, haunted house flicks, hell even a good chunk of alien invasion movies. But one of the horror genres with the least amount of good entries (aside from shark movies, which shall never be beaten) is werewolf movies. There's An American Werewolf in London, Wolf with Jack Nicholson, The Wolf Man, Werewolf of London, Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps and The Howling. That's it. Which isn't bad, but you'd think a popular horror genre which…
"The Howling" is uneven throughout but ultimately is redeemed by outstanding creature design and some unique practical effects along with a creative take on the mythology. The opening starts the movie off with a big bang, building a filthy world for werewolves to populate realistically. The story elements behind a traditional werewolf tale are fundamentally bland but this movie at least tries to be bold (and sexy). Whether it all works, I'm not 100% sold on it but the effort goes a long way.
One of my all-time favorite werewolf movies.
A surprisingly interesting mix of werewolves and new age nonsense as a tribe of lycanthropes try to move into the modern era. Kudos for (and I somehow was not spoiled on this) a great sad ending.
Sadly suffers the same fate as every other werewolf films I've seen. It's good but it's just not An American Werewolf in London.
The Howling obviously came first but John Landis set the benchmark and ripped up the blueprints. There was no need to make any after '81. These are the best two in the werewolf genre.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…