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ハウリング -HDリマスター版- [DVD]
This 1981 Comedy Horror film has a highly distinguished team behind it. Director Joe Dante was later to direct such hits as ‘Gremlins’ and ‘Small Soldiers’. The screenplay was by John Sayles, doyen of Indie films, with ‘Lone Star’, ‘Passion Fish’ and ‘Matewan’ amongst his superb works. The special effects were by Rob Bottin, whose later creations feature in ‘The Thing’, ‘The Fog’ , ‘RoboCop’ and ‘Total Recall’.
The film, one of three major 1981 Werewolf films, was based on a genuine horror book of the same name, by Gary Brandner. It follows an LA television news anchor woman, who has been investigating a brutal serial killer in the city. She then goes out of town to a rural retreat, following a terrifyingly close call with the killer. The book’s approach to events was totally re-moulded by Sayles in his screenplay, and what emerged was far more knowing and wry, and famously semi-humorous.
However, even nearly 40 years on, none of this prevents the film having some genuinely scary moments, and certainly some gruesome ones. It is also quite surprisingly sexually explicit. The special effects, made of course many years before CGI made it so easy, are variable, but the transformation scenes of humans to Werewolves, are very clever, and totally repellant! The location filming is excellent. Night-time LA has rarely seemed so sleazy or threatening, and the backwoods settings, highly evocative of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, are superb.
There are several well-known faces amongst the cast. Patrick Macnee, the well-known British character actor, is nicely oily as the TV station’s tame psychiatrist, the distinguished American character actor (and Dante film regular) Kevin McCarthy, is reassuring as the TV station’s MD. Film actors John Carradine and Slim Pickens feature in colourful minor roles. Robert Picardo, who has gone on to major success on TV, made his film debut here as Eddie Quist, the killer. Much of the look of the film, especially the dress and hair styles, shows the film’s age, but the female roles are more pro-active and meaty (no pun intended!) than in many other films of the era.
Well-received at the time of its release, ‘The Howling’ remains an enjoyably entertaining film, perhaps best described as ‘Horror Lite’. It won’t stop you sleeping, but it will make you jump, and, probably, giggle.
The cast is good and stars Dee Wallace, Christoper Stone, Patrick Macnee and the timeless Dick Miller, who cites his very small cameo as the best part he's ever played in his film career.
Whilst The Howling is not as nearly as good as I remembered as a kid, the film is still very enjoyable. Sure there are a few moments that don't fit too well, but overall it's classic 80s horror. Also it's just refreshing to see a good werewolf movie. In all honesty I don't think I could name 10 good ones.
Point of note the woman werewolf was my first ever crush- she still looks hot looking back.
You'll have a good time with this movie and it's climax. Try and avoid the dreadful sequels though.
So, theme of my X-mas 2018 was "werewolves". Nice!
I enjoyed this a lot. Visual side was very tempting, extras were pleasureable and story was addictive.
I didn't even realize that I'd be so interested about werewolves and myths around them.
This movie was a good gateway into their world.
After seeing more than my fair share of Werewolf Movies, new and old, I can safely say The Howling has impressed me the most! It was made in the early 80's, but that doesn't compromise on the absolutely amazing Werewolf effects (the close-up "change" scene is the best and scariest I've ever seen!) And the Werewolf howls are nothing short of terrifying. It has a great storyline which is creepy and believable. The Howling is an absolute classic!
I got the 2 disk Special Edition of this, which comes with Special Features such as a Documentary Feature, some Deleted Scenes and Outtakes, and a Trailer, as well as a few more extras. The picture and sound quality is stellar, however I didn't get a Cardboard Slip Case which I've seen the film in a few times, but that doesn't really matter! It would have been nice just to get one.
Overall, The Howling is a must for any Werewolf fans, and is definitely one of my new favourites! Beware This Moon...!
This has an interesting cast, including Patrick Macnee and John Carradine. The special effects by Rob Bottin are very good for the time, although they are overplayed a bit towards the end of the film, especially considering this is a short movie (under 90mins). Bottin would go on to do the effects for The Thing a year or so later.
There are occasional humourous moments, noteably near the end and whilst it certainly has plenty of flaws its quirky charms make it a worthwhile purchase at the right price (i.e. cheap).