Howling: New Moon Rising (1995) Movie Review


Howling: New Moon Rising (1995)

1995 | R | Horror
90 minutes /

User Score: 54/100

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Howling: New Moon Rising Review


A number of brutal, werewolf-like slayings begin occurring in a small California town after the arrival of an unfamiliar motorcyclist.

Howling: New Moon Rising (1995) is a UK English horror movie that is also known as Howling VII (1995) and Howling VII: Mystery Woman (1995) and is a sequel to The Howling (1981) and the seventh film in Howling franchise. New Moon Rising went in a different direction with a country-western angle but does not do justice to Gary Brandner‘s horror novels although it took footage and characters from the previous three films in the Howling series. Director, editor, producer and writer Clive Turner (Howling V: The Rebirth (1989), Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988), The Lawnmower Man (1992)) also starred in this film as Ted Smith, who has his own personal agenda in a small town. The director could have possibly made this movie into something remotely possible to watch if he did not take on so many roles which are listed above.

Howling: New Moon Rising begins by introducing us to Ted (Clive Turner) who is a mysterious drifter that rode in on his motorcycle into small western town, Pioneertown, California. Ted brought along a load of vicious gruesome murders to the small town, and the deaths appear as though they are not from humans but, werewolves. A detective (John Ramsden) who seems as though he has gone through hell investigates the killings/murders. He gains the help of an occult expert who informs him that there might be werewolves in his town because those are werewolves killings.

I know that New Moon Rising is terrible but come on now, at least the Werewolf scene could have been better. It was possibly the worst werewolf transformation scene that I have ever seen in movie history. The gist of it - the werewolf transformation was done so quickly, and it was evident that someone was wearing a wolf mask for about ten seconds until it crashes through a door. New Moon Rising was a new low for the franchise and was not remotely easy or fun to watch although there were one or two humorous moments. I felt that the movie was an insult to the point where it should be a form of punishment for someone to sit through this painstakingly horrible movie.

Fans who love having a mindless movie experience with werewolf orgies, carnival freaks, blood, nudity with a laugh or two should definitely watch the film because we hear of a werewolf running around but see very little of it. Everything was terrible about the movie, including the acting.

About Howling: New Moon Rising 1995

Title: Howling: New Moon Rising
Year: 1995
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 0.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 28 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 28
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Elizabeth Shé, Clive Turner, Romy Windsor, Jack Holder, Leslee Anderson, Dolores Silver, Jaro Prikopsky, John Ramsden, Brett Owens, Ernest Kester, Gary Ham, John Huff, Michelle Stilles, Jaqueline Armitage, Joel Harkham, Jim Lozano, Carl Gassa, Robert Morwell, Larry Gutierrez, Jim Brock, Sybil Ramsden, Cheryl Allen, Sally Harkham, Claude 'Pappy' Allen, Harriet Allen, Bonnie Lagassa
Writers: Gary Brandner, Clive Turner
Director: Clive Turner

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