We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
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…
A giallo opening, a monster movie middle, and a wtf ending that borders on the truly disturbing.
The giallo vibe comes in the peepshow scene. You have a mysterious serial killer meeting an amateur sleuth (in this case female) in an environment saturated with images of perverse sexuality. In addition, you have the nightmare quality of the meeting itself, with Dee Wallace unable to make out the killer's face because of the lighting in the peepshow booth, the projected film—but unable to make it out to an almost irrational degree (not unlike the moment in DEEP RED when David Hemmings *should* be able to see the face of the killer standing in the doorway of his apartment but can't, for…
"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…
At the time The Howling came out, it featured the definitive werewolf transformation work, courtesy of makeup special effects wizard Rob Bottin. & it pushed Rick Baker to kick it up an even cooler level in the far more superior An American Werewolf in London. Dee Wallace really deserves credit for shooting for the moon with this role as the lead. Wallace's end monologue is my 2nd favorite actor newscast next to Peter Finch's in Network. Slim Pickens plays the backwoods sheriff who spits tobacco & eats beans from a can. John Carradine is a suicidal local old timer. Dick Miller shows up as an occult shop owner & serves as Mr. Exposition & explains the rules of lycanthropy. It's always fun to watch…
Feels very much at times like two different movies mushed together, to the slight detriment of both. One is a goofy parody of werewolf movies with sight gags like a copy of Howl on somebody's desk and plenty of wolf-related cartoons blaring in the background, and the other is a darker and more serious examination of evil in an "I'm OK, you're OK"-oriented society, more loosely connected to the werewolf subgenre.
Even though the two halves don't flow together as smoothly as in, say, An American Werewolf in London, this is still a really good riff on werewolves with some of the scariest (and funniest) transformation sequences I've ever seen. Add in a cast full of ringers like John Carradine and Dick Miller and this is pretty much impossible not to like. I just wish we could somehow cut those two movies apart and let them each regenerate, we might have a pair of masterpieces to deal with.
Great werewolf EFX. While I don't think the story and acting is great, I truly enjoy the EFX. There are also a ton of genre stars in this flick. Dee Wallace, Chris Stone, Patrick Macnee, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Slim Pickens and Robert Picardo to name a few.
I really like Joe Dante. In The Howling he restraints the general Joe Dante insanity a bit and delivers a very solid werewolf movie with some really outstanding creature effects.
Ese Robert Picardo transformándose gracias al joven Rob Bottin... Rick Baker abadonó el proyecto en su momento porque estaba trabajando al tiempo en Un hombre lobo americano en Londres.
great special effects,engaging story, and an all around good movie! Not my favorite werewolf movie, but it is a most see for any horror fan. Plus as the girl from Scream says "Its the one with ETs mom"
Cool mix of werewolf- and cult-themed horror, with decidedly gross transformations and a little bit of sexual kink thrown in. I also enjoyed all the wolf-related puns, and this might be my favorite Dick Miller role that I've seen. Well maybe second to BUCKET OF BLOOD.
I'm trying to just like get INTO Joe Dante and so far it's going great.
Per déu, que l'escena de crédits finals d'una pel·lícula d'homes llop sigui un primer pla d'una hamburguesa fent-se a la brasa no és que mereixi el meu respecte sinó TOTA la meva admiració. Els últims tres minuts de The Howling és el més Dantenià de la pel·lícula i l'escena final al plató és l'únic que li falta a 'Sálvame Deluxe' per convertir-se en l'obra de ficció definitiva.
How is it, 30 years later, Hollywood still can't match the werewolves in this film? Joe Dante's classic is a classic for a reason and tonight's screening reminded me just how much I love this film - it really is a toss up whether I prefer this or AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. There's just so much at work in this movie - amazing effects, great humor, an impressive cast (most supporting equally impressive mustaches) and just a general gung-ho attitude towards the whole proceeding. I dig this movie something fierce and I'm glad I was finally able to watch it with an audience tonight.
After a tense nerve wracking on the scene incident with a serial killer, an investigative TV reporter tries to find solace with her boyfriend at a New Age California Self-Help resort. She finds out that things can get even worse.
Dante's werewolf movie (written by PIRANHA screenwriter and novelist/director John Sayles) has some good scares and lots of inside visual jokes in reference to wolves and their presence in past pop culture. Keep your eyes peeled to the objects in the visual frame. Cameo by Dante mentor Roger Corman in a William Castle-like moment from Rosemary's Baby.
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