Howling (1981) Movie Review

Howling (1981)

1981 Horror

User Score: 82/100


After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

The Howling (1981) is an American horror cult classic movie that was based on Gary Brandner novel of the same name. Director Joe Dante (Gremlins (1984), Small Soldiers (1998), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Innerspace (1987)) did an extraordinary job executing this masterpiece. The Howling had an estimated budget of $1.5 million and grossed over $17.9 million. The movie contains nudity, werewolves, violence, sexual content/references, decapitation, blood, bad language, minor frightening scenes, werewolf transformation, shapeshifting, and regeneration. The thrills, suspense, tension and storyline was done amazingly well.

The Howling revolves around Karen White (Dee Wallace - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Cujo (1983), Critters (1986)) who is a Los Angeles, television newswoman. Serial killer, Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo - Star Trek: Voyager (1995), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Total Recall (1990)) is stalking Karen. Karen decided to do what the police told her to, and that is to trick Eddie by agreeing to meet him in a theater. After a few events, we see Karen and her husband R. William ‘Bill’ Neill (Christopher Stone - Cujo (1983), The Interns (1970), Days of Our Lives (1965)) in a secluded/remote mountain resort in the countryside. Karen and Bill are unaware that there are werewolves in the woods surrounding them.

It did not take long after their arrival at the cabin for a creature resembling a werewolf to bite Bill later resulting in Karen becoming suspicious of her husband after his appetite and menu changes. I was shocked to see what Karen and Chris (Dennis Dugan - Happy Gilmore (1996), Big Daddy (1999), Grown Ups (2010), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)) did to the colony/resort site towards the ending of the movie. It was a great scene that is not seen much in werewolves movies. The werewolves were unique where some resemble part wolf, part man, and part cat which was captured nicely with great camera angles and makeup jobs. The mysterious storyline strays from the novel a little bit, but it was impressive and substantial. All of the actors did a fabulous job with their respective roles. The sound, music and characters (not actors) could have been better. The Howling is a classic cult horror movie that all werewolf fans should see at least once.

About Howling (1981)

Title: Howling
Year: 1981
Starring: Dick Miller, Dee Wallace, Robert Picardo, Robert Hammond, Forrest J Ackerman, Kevin McCarthy, Forrest J. Ackerman, Kenneth Tobey, Belinda Balaski, Roger Corman, Patrick Macnee, James Murtaugh, James MacKrell, Meshach Taylor, John Sayles, Jim McKrell, Sarina C. Grant, Herbie Braha, John Carradine, Wendell Wright, Daniel Núñez, Christopher Stone, Margie Impert, Noble Willingham, Beverly Warren, Bill Warren, Don McLeod, Steve Nevil, Joe Bratcher, Bill Sorrells
Director: Joe Dante
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.1/5 stars from 102 users. Votes: 102.
Genre: Horror

Howling Cover Poster Art

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