The Howling (Special Edition)
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Top Customer Reviews
MGM first released "The Howling" in a no-frills DVD that let the movie down: no extras, a cheap and scratchy transfer, and a very dull mono soundtrack. Thankfully, they realized the popularity of the film and are now giving us a nice edition with revamped sound (5.1 Surround), a sharp picture, and a big bowl full o' extras.
John Sayles's script (co-written with Terence H. Winkless) unapologetically drops the classic werewolf legend into the modern-day -- in this case, the world of television news and the fad of self-help psychology. News anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace-Stone), while on a special assignment to lure out a serial killer (Robert Picardo from "Star Trek: Voyager") in the city, is attacked by something bestial. On the advice of psychiatrist Dr. Waggner (Patrick Macnee), Karen and her husband (Christopher Stone) head to Waggner's clinical retreat in the woods. However, there's something very disturbing about the other patients in the colony, and those weird wolf howls at night won't stop...
The werewolf transformations supervised by Rob Bottin still have an amazing effect on viewers.Read more ›
Both movies are linked. Contemporaries, they represented a new era. There's no point discussing which one's the better. "AWIL" is more modern in a way, having non-sense humor, bloody scenes and unbelievable effects. THE HOWLING, earlier, has a classical movie profile, surprising plot and ending. Its characters were named after classical werewolf and horror movies directors, like George Waggner, Sam Newfield, R. William Neill, Erle Kenton, Lew Landers, Terry Fischer, Charlie Barton, Jerry Warren and Jack Molina. There are lots of ironies, like THE WOLF MAN quotations during the film and after credits, and the wolf cartoon in a tense scene. John Carradine, Roger Corman, John Sayles and Forrest J. Ackerman appear, giving additional charm. It's the first time more complex werewolves characters emerge, like Eddie (Robert Picardo, the scariest werewolf on movie history) and Marsha (Elisabeth Brooks, 1951-1997). Joe Dante made this classic with $1,6 million and used his own garage for the rated movies scene.
Lots of ideas were borrowed later ("the gift" in WOLF). There were sequels non-related to the original, without the "THE" of the title. Most of them have nothing to do with each other. It's depressing to someone expecting a real sequel to watch HOWLING II.Read more ›
Only a few months before the legendary "An American Werewolf In London" was released, Joe Dante gave us the OTHER best werewolf film ever made, the original "The Howling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Granted, I did not see this film until 35 years after it was initially released, so it looks even more terrible and dated than it would have been in 1981 when it was new. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Glenn Gallagher
I grew up with this movie,and still love it.With this blu ray i have seen where the movie was filmed,how they did it,and more.I'm glad that i purchased this. Read morePublished 6 days ago by John Clifford Jr.
I love this movie. The effects are outstanding and Dee Wallace is perfect. It's almost as good as the book, which is also amazing. The Howling TrilogyPublished 9 days ago by JRD
The Howling is definitely one of my favorite films in the horror genre. The Blu-ray presentation is amazing, and kudos to Shout Factory for a beautiful restoration. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Leo M Cloman
This movie was pretty odd and terrible. Humorously campy so it depends on what you are going for. Fiance had picked it for a scary movie party so it was funny, just not as scary as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LauraB
Arrived on time just as should've. Thankyou. Best werewolf movie ever.Published 1 month ago by Shortdog
If you haven't heard of this 1981 horror movie, you are missing out on one of the greatest werewolf movies ever made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike Clor
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I do! I wasn't sure if it was my particular player or not. I cannot play the DVD side on a Samsung Blu-ray, however the special features side plays just fine. Irritating.
I will try playing it today from a computer DVD drive. Not holding my breath, though.
Oct 27, 2010 by Francel Diaz Lenero | See all 6 posts
|Any great werewolf books out there?||
"The Howling" book series. The author, Gary Brandner, only made 3 "The Howling" books though.
Oct 21, 2008 by horror1896 | See all 4 posts