The Howling 3 (1987)
Director: Philippe Mora
Main Stars: Barry Otto, William Yang, Imogen Annesley
Storyline: A strange breed of werewolves appears in the country of Australia and a sociologist is studying them. What he did not expect was to fall in love with one of them.
Review (Spoils): First off we could not stray any farther away from the first of the series then this one. We have a group of werewolves that are found in the far off country of Australia in which brings Professor Harry Beckmeyer (Barry Otto) to study them. This leads to people who do not try to understand the werewolf culture and being and start to hunt them in fear and sport. The professor tries his hardest to protect the pack especially the redheaded woman named Jerboa (Imogen Annesley)who just happens to have a nice furry pouch becomes pregnant and we child bearing part of the werewolf society.
The acting in this film is very painful and it really does ruin the film. The movie tries too hard to become a film where you are suppose to feel for the werewolves as they fight society but instead becomes dumb and somewhat campy. Sure the werewolf nuns was kind of funny but if it wasn’t for Imogen Annesley would of been totally bored out my mind. We have some cheesy transformations and some furry beasts.
Rating: This film should be called The Howling: the love story as that is pretty much what it is. This is more of a fake documentary then a horror film. You will need a pile of beers to be able to go through this whole film from beginning to end.
The Howling 2 (1985)
Director: Philippe Mora
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown, Sybil Danning
Storyline: At Karen Whites funeral her brother gets in involved as the werewolves want to remove her body from hallow ground.
Review (Spoils): This continues where the first movie began. Karen’s brother Ben (Reb Brown) and a reporter friend of her named Jenny Templeton (Annie McEnroe) get caught into a mystery and story that Karen was a werewolf. After being confronted by Stefan Crosscoe (Christopher Lee)he learn quickly that she was a werewolf and the cult is now back and they want to remove Karen’s body and get ready for a tribal ritual under the ruler ship of a female pack leader named Striba (Sybil Danning).
This film is a disaster all around, poor Christopher Lee is be involved in this. This film screams 80s so much it stinks (the punk band parts blows chuncks). We are tormented with cheesy wolf costumes, too fast storyline with stupid plot, the acting is just low grade like a 4 year old and edits between scenes like it’s a porno just does not make sense. The only good thing in this film is the 80s babe Sybil Danning but even then she is garbed like a punk rock terminator in the end it’s just stupid. Sure we have good ol wolf sex and lots of it but the cheesy of the flames, electricity and effects ruin the whole film. There is no saving this.
Rating: The best part was the exploding eyes but that is not enough to make up with the torture of this film of a long series. It’s too bad it went this way as the first film was a gem. Don’t even bother opening a beer for this one as it unless you need to see this, than better drink a ton before.
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.