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.
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…
"crazy fuck" and "oh boy" as recited by Dick Miller, or as Gene Shalit might say: "I'm lycan it!"
If 1981 werewolf movies (this and American Werewolf in London) taught us anything its that practical effects and makeup beat CGI hands down.
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…
muito bom esse filme. cumpre a que foi proposto.
One of those horror classics that for some reason I'd never got round to watching. Yes it's a little dated and creaky in places but there's still a lot of pleasure to be had it. There's a sly sense of humour running all the way through it and the transformation effects have a certain old school charm. It's not particularly scary but then I've never found werewolves particularly frightening, for me, that's not what they are about. The ending is fantastic.
Just search "the howling transformation scene" on YouTube. There, I just saved you 85 minutes.
(Unrelated: Would anyone like to buy a copy of The Howling on Blu-ray? Like new condition.)
Fun little werewolf flick from Joe Dante, full of in jokes, references to old horror movies and old horror movie makers, and a standout turn from John Carradine lamenting for the good old days of werewolfry.
Enjoyable, even though that final werewolf looks way too much like a Yorkshire terrier.
Some impressive practical effects can't save a movie that has no idea what tone to pitch itself at. The opening makes it feel like Taxi Driver with werewolves, as neon lighting highlights urban decay and rows of endless porno stores. It literalizes the notion of werewolves as sexual predators, but then has no idea where to go from there. Instead it quickly transitions into a pseudo-satire of psychoanalysis and posh wooded retreats for rich people who can no longer handle the strain of the city. But the film can't decide if it wants to be an actual scary movie, or a ridiculous parody of genre tropes. It ends up not being much of either, and is surprising that only three years later Joe Dante would work this particular mish-mash into a glorious frenzy with Gremlins.
"The Howling" and "The American Werewolf in London" are two lycanthropy classics. While John Landis film blends perfectly horror and humor, The Howling is pure horror. Both are technically excellent for the time, with a slight advantage for the makeup of the "American Werewolf in London", which won the Oscar. However, Howling is more violent and terrifying. Spawned numerous sequels, all of them much lower and with no connection to the original film.
Possibly the best werewolf movie I've seen.
It is between this and American Werewolf in London as the best werewolf movie. Pre Gremlins Dante kills it with an awesome cast, and some awesome effects. The transformation scenes are better then anthing modern by a long shot.
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