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Howling IV

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2.9 out of 5 stars (73) IMDb 3.4/10

Haunted by a series of unnatural happenings and hounded by her worst nightmares, a young and beautiful writer Marie Adams heads for the sanctuary of a rural hideout in a desperate bid to regain her sanity - only to find a horror farm more deadly than her own deranged imaginings. From the depths of the forest he's calling, waiting for the full moon, to hunt Marie down; to take her on a terrifying journey into the gaping jaws of death. As night descends, the Howling rises again to shatter the stillness of the nigh.

Starring:
Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director John Hough
Starring Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss
Supporting actors Antony Hamilton, Susanne Severeid, Lamya Derval, Norman Anstey, Kate Edwards, Dennis Folbigge, Anthony James, Dale Cutts, Clive Turner, Megan Kruskal, Denis Smith, Greg Latter, Maxine John, Hugh Jobling, Megan Davies, Diana Tilden-Davis, Tullio Moneta, Ralph Draper
Studio Screen Media
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
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Format: DVD
"Howling IV: The original nightmare" is one of those sequels to a revered horror film that is almost universally trashed by people who see it and even people who don't, which is something that can be understood to an extent. The film can't compare to the polished nature of the original film, nor can it compete with that film's revolutionary and downright groundbreaking make-up effects. Add to that that "Howling IV" has been butchered by its producer in post-production to create more of a contemporary and commercial horror film on its original release. But that's not the whole story. The truth is that for all the film's short comings there are some merits to it and they are not as few as many people think. The film is much truer to the atmospheric and suspensful storyline of the original book than any other film in "The Howling" series (much more so than the classic, but tongue-in cheek original film) and is also directed with much style and a good amount of atmosphere and suspense by John Hough (who directed the excellent ghost stoty "The Legend of hell house") whose style still shows and gives the film an unnerving, eerie feel to it even after the producer's tinkering. Add to that that the film has a very good story, effective if not stellar make-up effects and manages to end on an extremely eerie note and you get a very good B-movie that should be viewed with its low-budget in mind. This is a film that will please fans of the original book more than anyone else, but will also please fans who like good, intriguing horror stories that are presented on screen with a minimum of flash. Worth re-appraisal as one of the best "Howling" sequels. As for the DVD, all of the editions available around the world are almost of the same quality, which is fair, but adequate enough for a film as obscure.
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Format: VHS Tape
It is here that we see the initial involvement of Clive Turner in this series (look for my review of Howling: New Moon Rising). Although this is better, by far, then the childish part 3, by no means is it wonderful. Personally, I liked this film. The director has been a genre staple for quite some time (you may be surprised that he also directed Legend of Hell House). It is this choice that lends primarily to the redeeming value of this film... at least I saw what the director was trying to accomplish. It has been well published (in horror mag Fangoria) that it is indeed the fault of Clive Turner for the disasterous handling of this film. He re-edited it, fired the director, and turned it into what we see today. His attempts to destroy the film did not entirely work, however, because I did like it. The werewolves were cool... especialy the grand-daddy at the end and the actors did all they could to heighten the fare. So the film suffers, not because of Mr. Hough (the director) or Romy Winsor or Michael T. Weiss (the stars), but because of the unredeeming Clive Turner. An example of Mr. Turners work can be viewed in the pathetic Howling: New Moon Rising. I for one, say check this one out, Howling 4 is not nearly all that bad. I do hope that, one day (anyone reading?) that a special edition DVD of this film is made and John Hough is brought in to supervise the editing of his original vision.
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Format: DVD
The fourth entry in the werewolf series is also based on the novel "The Howling". According to those who have read it (me excluded) , this is a more faithful adaptation than Dante's 1981 original although the quality is much, much lower and by much lower I mean... think "The Howling - MADTV Version" complete with a horrible, dated period pop piece with incredibly cheesy lyric ("something evil ... something dangerous"...oooh yeah) that opens and closes the film.

The story begins with our pretty protagonist, Marie Adams (Romy Windsor), a successful writer who steps into an elevator on her way to see her agent and good friend, Tom, played by the chiseled Antony Hamilton. During her meeting, Marie begins to experience bizarre visions of a mysterious nut .. I mean, nun, that ultimately leads to an epic breakdown. Upon the insistence of her doctor, Marie's husband, Richard (played by Kenny Loggins. Oh wait... sorry, I think it's Michael T Weiss with a mullet) takes her to an isolated cabin in the woods in the small town of Drago for some much needed quiet time and relaxation. Unfortunately, her serene surroundings do nothing to ease her discomfort as unpleasant visions that hint at violence continue to plague her and the eerie sounds of a wolf's howl keeps her nerves on edge. When a fan and former nun, Janice (Susanne Severeid), who is in Drago investigating the disappearance of her friend, Sister Ruth, meets up with Marie, they soon discover the town has a sinister past and Marie's visions may have been a warning to stay away.

Directed by John Hough, "Howling IV: The Original Nightmare" lacks everything that made the original a classic.
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By kuskoo on October 17, 2014
Format: Amazon Video
Pretty much complete crap from start to finish. Not enough Wolf for a werewolf movie. The melting transformation is well, stupid. It doesn't fit. While the melting transformation is happening you see other wolves in mid-transformation (why are they not melting too?) then you will see a wolf transform from mid to full out wolf in a matter of seconds. Again, no melting.

Despite the horrible effects what sealed the "this movie is utter" crap deal for me was the acting. I didn't like any of the characters because their dialogue was horrid. Especially during the end.

Save your time and money. Avoid The Howling IV

Oh and the movie is not remotely "suspenseful" or "scary" by any stretch.
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