Rent The Howling (1981)

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1h 27min
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Synopsis:
After an intense confrontation with a serial killer, news anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace) is left traumatised and suffering from amnesia. In need of recovery, Karen takes refuge within "The Colony", a country retreat organised by her psychiatrist Dr. Waggner (Patrick Macnee). But things at "The Colony" aren't as idyllic as they originally seemed and as blood curdling screams break the midnight silence, Karen's memories slowly begin to come into focus.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jack Conrad, Michael Finnell
Writers:
Gary Brandner, John Sayles, Terence H. Winkless
Studio:
Momentum
Genres:
Classics, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/10/2004
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • "Welcome to Werewolfland" Documentary Feature
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer & Teaser
Disc 1:

Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- "Welcome to Werewolfland" Documentary Feature
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes
- Photo Gallery
- Trailer & Teaser
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/10/2017
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Howlings Eternal with Producer Steven A. Lane
  • Cut To Shreds with Editor Mark Goldblatt
  • Interviews with Co-Writer Terence Winkless and Stop-Motion Animator David Allen
  • Horror's Hallowed Grounds: A Look At the Film's Locations
  • Audio Commentary with Author Gary Brandner
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/10/2021
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All

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Reviews (1) of The Howling

Tame 80s Horror - The Howling review by GI

Spoiler Alert
21/04/2022

Well there's certainly a lot of actual howling to be experienced along with a very jarring soundtrack to try and give you the odd jolt. Having recently been released in an upgraded 4k UHD edition this horror cult favourite is worth checking out if you've never seen it. It doesn't seem to have aged as well as An American Werewolf In London (1981), which has the comedy to give it some flair. Both were lauded at the time for their special effects by Rob Bottin for The Howling and Rick Baker on the other. So here you get the usual werewolf transformation scene which has interest from a horror film history perspective but it a curiosity today rather than a very scary scene. This is a fairly typical Avco Embassy production, exploitation cinema with dollops of sex and violence, designed to shock but nowadays are pretty tame. The story is a simple one, famous TV show host, Karen (Dee Wallace) is used as bait to trap a serial killer who the police shoot dead. Traumatised Karen and her hubby head off to the recovery retreat of Dr Waggner (Patrick Macnee) which happens to be in the heart of some creepy woods and inhabited by a troop of weirdos. They turn out to be a colony of werewolves (as was the original serial killer who shows back up). This cues lots of howling, paganistic campfire bonking, and werewolves roaming around. The presence of western film icons John Carradine and Slim Pickens is funny and I can't help feel they must've needed the money! Overall it's an average horror film, a bit laughable today but a good example of the sort of film that grew popular in the 80s just as the video rental boom was beginning.

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