Landon Liboiron stars as high school senior Will Kidman, whose infatuation with a beautiful classmate begins to trigger certain teenage animal instincts. But when a mysterious woman (Ivana Milicevic) with a shocking secret re-enters his life, Will learns that he is heir to a powerful line of werewolves. Now he finds he has a choice to make: succumbing to his primal nature or turning against his own. In order to fight the destiny of his legacy and save the girl of his dreams, he must battle not only his growing blood lust but an army of fearsome beasts hell-bent on killing us all. Tonight, the full moon rises. The horror begins a new.
‘The Howling: Reborn’ is inspired by the 80s camp classic ‘The Howling’ directed by Joe Dante. This time, however, the responsibility to direct a werewolf is on writer-director Joe Nimziki, and even with a supposedly a ‘fresh’ twist on the werewolf coming-of-age story, film fails miserably.
‘The Howling: Reborn’ focuses on a new werewolf named Will Kidman (Landon Liboiron), a high school student with raging teen hormones and angst that can literally transform him into a werewolf. He doesn’t know it, though. We are given bits and pieces of his origins; apparently his mother was attacked by an unknown creature whilst pregnant with him (Yes, it’s very ‘Blade’ werewolf-style). While Will manages a life of bullying and an infatuation with Eliana Wynter (Lindsey Shaw), he is unaware of what he has to become and the dangers lurking about. See, Will is wanted by a pack of werewolves; they want him to join them in their fight against humans. Whether it’s because the werewolves are ostracized or starving is unclear, but they’re decided – they need to attack.
The werewolf transformation involving a teen has been done – hello Michael J. Fox in ‘Teen Wolf’ and even Taylor Lautner as Jacob in the ‘Twilight’ movies. But this film tries desperately to be more ‘Twilight’ than anything and it’s too contrived for its own good. Will narrating the entire movie doesn’t help its cause of wanting to be moody – it only becomes really grating. So you’re turning into a werewolf – big deal! Oz (Seth Green) from TV’s ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ handled it well. Get a grip.
As a werewolf movie, you’d expect werewolf transformations and werewolves themselves, right? No chance here. ‘The Howling: Reborn’ has a budget of a teaspoon and there is only a few werewolves in sight, and a haphazard and blurry sequence of them supposedly ‘fighting’. The actors are no better, even unconvincing to pretend as high school teens. The setting is confusing – are we supposed to believe this is set in America?