Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) is a UK horror movie that is a sequel to The Howling (1981) and was filmed in South Africa, Los Angeles, California, USA and Fresno, California, USA. Director John Hough (The Legend of Hell House (1973), The Watcher in the Woods (1980), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), The Lady and the Highwayman (1989)) did not succeed in directing this movie to an exceptional standard. Howling: IV had an entertaining trailer that made me anticipate seeing the movie that was a failure in my opinion.
Author, Marie Adams (Romy Windsor - Face/Off (1997), Camp Nowhere (1994), My Brother the Pig (1999)) has visions. She had one of her visions while she was with her Tom Billings (Antony Hamilton - Mission: Impossible (1988), Fatal Instinct (1992), Jumping’Jack Flash (1986)) and started to scream frantically as she saw a creature that resembles a wolf in her vision. Marie’s husband, Richard (Michael T. Weiss - The Pretender (1996), Tarzan & Jane (2002), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Bones (2001)) believes that his wife has an overactive imagination. Marie’s doctor told Richard that it might be best for Marie to be away from her usual average daily activities for a while until her imagination/vision subsides. Richard decides that he will take her to a small cottage in the woods, but that turned out to be a bad idea as things become slowly dangerous. After a few events, Marie’s visions became reality as she learns that Janice Hatch (Susanne Severeid - Hollywood High (1976), Don’t Answer the Phone! (1980), Van Nuys Blvd. (1979)) was once a nun. Janice told her how her closest friend, Sister Ruth (Megan Kruskal - Shot Down (1988), City of Blood (1987), The Tattoo Chase (1988)) disappeared about a year ago. They later found her friend, but she was kind of insane and only speaking of howling sounds, a bell, and the devil. Janice is still trying to find out what had happened to her friend although she died without saying anything much about what happened to her when she disappeared.
The movie had a nice premise, but it was too slow and had too many plot holes. The movie was not good, just average and it is a movie that every moviegoer will have a different opinion about. I enjoyed it to a point and admired the screenplay but dread the slow pace moments. The ending was predictable as many other things in the movie. The special effects needed more effort as it appears as though that department was struggling to try to put everything together. The makeup department did a good job but were not perfect. Overall, I do recommend this movie to werewolf fans but beware that this film is far from perfect.
About Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)
Starring: Clive Turner, Dennis Smith, Greg Latter, Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Norman Anstey, Dennis Folbigge, Anthony James, Dale Cutts, Megan Kruskal, Maxine John, Hugh Jobling, Megan Davies, Diana Tilden-Davis, Tullio Moneta, Antony Hamilton, Ralph Draper, Susanne Severeid, Beryl Gresak, Lamya Derval, Bill Forsche, Peter Ware, Kate Edwards
Director: John Hough
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