The Howling


The Howling

Overview:

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.

Votes 166 (6.4/10)

Runtime: 91 minutes

Release Date 1981-04-03

Budget: $1,000,000.00

Revenue: $17,985,893.00

Tagline: Imagine your worst fear a reality

Production company:

  • AVCO Embassy Pictures
  • International Film Investors
  • Wescom Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Drama
  • Horror

Trailer

Further Information

Dr. George Waggner
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macnee
Chris
Dennis Dugan
Dennis Dugan
R. William 'Bill' Neill
Christopher Stone
Christopher Stone
Terry Fisher
Belinda Balaski
Belinda Balaski
Fred Francis
Kevin McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy
Erle Kenton
John Carradine
John Carradine
Sam Newfield
Slim Pickens
Slim Pickens
Marsha Quist
Elisabeth Brooks
Elisabeth Brooks
Eddie Quist
Robert Picardo
Robert Picardo
Donna
Margie Impert
Margie Impert
Charlie Barton
Noble Willingham
Noble Willingham
Jerry Warren
James Murtaugh
James Murtaugh
Lew Landers
Jim McKrell
Jim McKrell
Shantz
Meshach Taylor
Meshach Taylor
Bookstore Customer
Forrest J. Ackerman
Forrest J. Ackerman
Porn Store Patron
Robert A. Burns
Robert A. Burns
Gas Station Attendant
Jonathan Kaplan
Jonathan Kaplan
Morgue Attendant
John Sayles
John Sayles
Man in Phone Booth
Roger Corman
Roger Corman
Older Cop
Kenneth Tobey
Kenneth Tobey
Walter Paisley - Bookstore Owner
Dick Miller
Dick Miller
Karen White
Dee Wallace
Dee Wallace
Editor
Mark Goldblatt
Mark Goldblatt
Director
Joe Dante
Joe Dante
Editor
Joe Dante
Joe Dante
Producer
Michael Finnell
Michael Finnell
Director of Photography
John Hora
John Hora
Original Music Composer
Pino Donaggio
Pino Donaggio
Executive Producer
Steven A. Lane
Steven A. Lane
Executive Producer
Daniel H. Blatt
Daniel H. Blatt
Novel
Gary Brandner
Gary Brandner
Screenplay
Terence H. Winkless
Terence H. Winkless
Producer
Jack Conrad
Jack Conrad
Screenplay
John Sayles
John Sayles

John Chard

A secret society exists, and is living among all of us. They are neither people nor animals, but something in-between. In the name of good television, newswoman Karen White (Dee Wallace) forms a bond with serial killer Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo). But when the meeting of the two arrives, it nearly proves fatal and damages Karen psychologically. Her psychologist recommends that she spend some time with her husband out at a remote convalescence resort, but once there it appears all is not as it seems. A truly great Werewolf movie, one of the best in fact, The Howling - in some eyes - has lost some of its bite over the years due to countless sequels and imitators, but its importance never dims. It often gets forgotten that The Howling changed the werewolf DNA for the better, it invented its own hairy beast as it were, refusing to copy past treasures from the olde classic era. But director Joe Dante shows the utmost respect to those who had previously eaten at the Lycan table, naming many of the characters in his film after directors of Werewolf movies. Nice. Another thing forgotten, due in no part to the release of An American Werewolf in London later in the year, is that Dante's movie often has tongue in bloody cheek. It is happy to be a parody of the sub-genre of horror it loves, while some of the comedy visuals are deliciously and knowingly dry. But this is a horror film after all, and it so delivers in spades the frights and nervous tremors, even sexing things up as well. These Werewolves are completely bestial, and in human form enjoy having their secret other halves. This is just a colony at the moment but domination of all humans is most definitely appealing and on the agenda. Horror fans will sometimes stumble across a debate about effects wizards Rob Bottin and Rick Baker, who is best? It really doesn't matter, both are geniuses of their craft. Bottin is in the chair here, while Baker served as a consultant before doing his thing on An American Werewolf in London. The transformation sequences are superb and still hold up today as brilliant craft work, no CGI cheap tactics here. No sir. The Howling is scary, sexy and funny, and knowing Dante - maybe even political. A joyous Werewolf film whose impact on horror should always be respected. 10/10

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