The Howling (1981)
Director: Joe Dante
Main Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Belinda Balaski, Robert Picardo, Elizabeth Brooks
Storyline: A newswoman is trying to track down a serial killer story and she gets more than she bargains for as she and her boyfriend end up in a colony of werewolves.
Review: Karen White (Dee Wallace) is trying to track down the greatest serial killer story of her career, the story of Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo). After following trails of smiley face stickers and porn shops she tracks him down and gets attacked and her career and her life was never the same again. Through some mental health her doctor Dr. Waggner recommends her and her boyfriend (Patrick Macnee) take a holiday to his colony, not mentioning it was a werewolf colony!
This movie is one of the first horror movies that I remember watching and I did enjoy this film. The movie has great special effects such as some of the werewolf transformations and decent gore (the axed off hand or the ripping of the brain from Eddie’s head are memorable). The storyline does have holes and there are some cheesy effects like when Marsha Quist (Elizabeth Brooks) is transforming into a she-wolf or her mad love fest or the cute little werewolf at the end of the film but it is not so bad as there are way worse out there for werewolf films (please see the rest of The Howling series for some examples).
Rating: “I’m gonna give you a piece of my mind” This movie bit me and I enjoyed it. Maybe it is because it was one of the first I have ever seen but even after seeing it over and over I still enjoy this film. It’s not the greatest werewolf movie but like said before there is a hell of lot worse out there.