Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) Movie Review

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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

1988 | R | Horror
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare Plot Synopsis:

A successful author was sent to the small town Drago because of a nervous breakdown, and gets wound up in a mysterious mystery about demons and werewolves. She starts seeing ghosts and dismisses them as her own imagination, but when they turn out to be real, she starts to get suspicious of the small town and of its past. But at the heart of this scenic, serene village is much darker than its benign appearance; and while she hopes her vacation will dispel her visions, a sinister presence has drawn her there. Soon she will discover that the ghosts that have haunted her are real and that her horrific visions are a mysterious message.

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) Review

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.

  • Howling IV: The Original Nightmare Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 3.68
  • IMDB: 3.5

About Howling IV: The Original Nightmare 1988

Title: Howling IV: The Original Nightmare
Year: 1988
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Reviewer: Score: 2 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 1.84/5 stars from 2,215 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 2,215 MPAA Rating: R
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare Cast Starring: Clive Turner, Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Dennis Smith, Megan Davies, Diana Tilden-Davis, Tullio Moneta, Antony Hamilton, Ralph Draper, Susanne Severeid, Beryl Gresak, Lamya Derval, Bill Forsche, Norman Anstey, Peter Ware, Kate Edwards, Denis Smith, Dennis Folbigge, Anthony James, Dale Cutts, Megan Kruskal, Greg Latter, Maxine John, Hugh Jobling
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare Writers: Gary Brandner, Clive Turner
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare Director: Clive Turner, John Hough
Production: Allied Entertainment
Language: English
Country: UK