Howling/the Howling Ii

The Howling/the Howling Ii

Director: Joe Dante, Philippe Mora

Cast: Christopher Lee, Dee Wallace

     
 
This groundbreaking, darkly comic horror film from director Joe Dante changed the look and feel of werewolf movies in ways light-years distant from Universal's horror classic The Wolf Man. The story begins with television reporter/anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace) taking part in a dangerous police operation intended to trap psychopath Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo

Overview

This groundbreaking, darkly comic horror film from director Joe Dante changed the look and feel of werewolf movies in ways light-years distant from Universal's horror classic The Wolf Man. The story begins with television reporter/anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace) taking part in a dangerous police operation intended to trap psychopath Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo). When confronted by Eddie face to face, she witnesses something horrifying enough to trigger selective amnesia. Plagued by a series of violent nightmares, Karen decides to admit herself to a posh recovery resort known only as "The Colony," run by her eccentric New Age therapist, Dr. Waggner (Patrick MacNee), and brings along her husband, Bill (Christopher Stone), for support. The night after they arrive, Karen and Bill are unnerved by eerie howling in the woods. Back in the city, Karen's co-workers Chris (Dennis Dugan) and Terry (Belinda Balaski) have been investigating Eddie's background after discovering that his body has disappeared from the morgue. Sifting through Eddie's possessions, they find a strange collection of artwork depicting wolf-like creatures, and decide to consult with Walter Paisley (Dick Miller, of course), the owner of an occult bookshop, on werewolf lore. Though he claims not to believe in the stuff he's selling, Paisley nevertheless convinces Chris to purchase a handful of silver bullets...just in case. Back at the colony, Dr. Waggner has organized a hunting party after hearing Karen's account of the nocturnal howling, but the men find nothing but a rabbit, which Bill is told to bring to the cabin of the sultry Marsha (Elisabeth Brooks) to prepare for dinner. After resisting Marsha's less-than-subtle sexual overtures, Bill is attacked by a wolf while returning to his cabin. The following moonlit night, the sleepless Bill wanders outside to find Marsha waiting and the two make love by the campfire, their bodies undergoing a frightening transformation. Just as Karen is beginning to suspect that her husband is hiding a secret far more threatening than marital infidelity, Chris and Terry have come to realize -- too late, in Terry's case -- that Eddie Quist is not only still alive, but not quite human...and he knows he's being followed. Chris arrives at the colony too late to save Terry, but manages to find Karen just as the colony's residents -- all of whom are werewolves, including Dr. Waggner -- are assembling to decide her fate. Dante fills his film with heartfelt homages to The Wolf Man and other classic horror movies, as well as a few clever visual puns and in-jokes from his tenure with Roger Corman, but never strays from the path to genuine horror, particularly when Rob Bottin's chilling monsters are onscreen.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
With this witty update of the age-old werewolf genre, Roger Corman alumnus Joe Dante (Gremlins) helped breathe new life into a dormant myth -- An American Werewolf in London would soon follow. Dee Wallace-Stone (E.T.) portrays a TV news anchor whose harrowing brush with a supposed serial killer has left her deeply shaken. Recovering at the country retreat of a new age guru (Patrick Macnee), Stone's character ultimately learns that the hills are alive with far more than the sound of music.... Dante fleshes out this modern tale of terror with plenty of throwaway humor -- copies of Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again and Allen Ginsberg's Howl are seen lying around, and nearly all the main characters are named after directors of other werewolf movies. But Dante doesn't for a moment shortchange the central horror elements, which are enhanced immeasurably by his own brisk editing and Rob Bottin's state-of-the art makeup effects in the transformation scenes. John Sayles (Lone Star), who'd previously collaborated with Dante on the Corman-produced Piranha, cowrote the playful script -- most trenchant in its satirical swipes at consciousness-raising groups like est -- and contributes a funny performance in a bit part as a morgue attendant. Fans of classic horror will enjoy seeing the great John Carradine and Kevin McCarthy in small roles, as well as veteran character actors Dick Miller and Slim Pickens (playing -- who else? -- the local sheriff). And if you pay extra-close attention, you'll even notice Corman himself in a brief cameo, waiting outside a phone booth.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
UPC:
0883904226260
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
3:02:00
Sales rank:
20,865

Special Features

Closed Caption; Unleashing the Beast: Making The Howling Multi-Part Documentary; Deleted Scenes; Outtakes; Making a Monster Movie: Inside the Howling Documentary; Audio Commentary; With Director Joe Dante, Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone and Robert Picardo; Photo Gallery; Original Theatrical Trailers

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Howling [WS]/[Standard]
1. Main Title [3:28]
2. Crank Caller [2:41]
3. Live Bait [1:11]
4. Traumatized Victim [4:40]
5. "All-American Boy" [:05]
6. Too Soon For Work [2:25]
7. "How Crazy Am I?" [3:15]
8. The Colony Barbecue [:42]
9. Nymphomaniac Marsha [1:56]
10. "I Want To End It!" [1:44]
11. Something's Out There [1:54]
12. Missing Person Or Wolf? [1:12]
13. Gruesome Carcass [:51]
14. Werewolf Hunting [1:55]
15. "The Other Side" [3:12]
16. Seduced By Evil [:03]
17. A Vicious Bite [1:51]
18. Legend or Reality? [1:47]
19. "Out of Sync" [2:26]
20. Call of the Wild [:16]
21. Matching Places [2:04]
22. Dangerous Evidence [1:39]
23. Hand or Claw? [1:49]
24. Things Get Violent [1:16]
25. Big Bad Wolf [2:23]
27. "She's Ours Now!" [1:21]
26. Ugly Transformation [2:31]
28. Bright Boy to the Rescue [1:43]
29. Silver-Bullet Standoff [3:14]
30. Surrounded by Fangs [:48]
31. Wild Reporter [1:07]
32. End Credits [:39]
1. Main Title [3:28]
2. Crank Caller [2:41]
3. Live Bait [1:11]
4. Traumatized Victim [4:40]
5. "All-American Boy" [:05]
6. Too Soon For Work [2:25]
7. "How Crazy Am I?" [3:15]
8. The Colony Barbecue [:42]
9. Nymphomaniac Marsha [1:56]
10. "I Want To End It!" [1:44]
11. Something's Out There [1:54]
12. Missing Person Or Wolf? [1:12]
13. Gruesome Carcass [:51]
14. Werewolf Hunting [1:55]
15. "The Other Side" [3:12]
16. Seduced By Evil [:03]
17. A Vicious Bite [1:51]
18. Legend or Reality? [1:47]
19. "Out of Sync" [2:26]
20. Call of the Wild [:16]
21. Matching Places [2:04]
22. Dangerous Evidence [1:39]
23. Hand or Claw? [1:49]
24. Things Get Violent [1:16]
25. Big Bad Wolf [2:23]
26. Ugly Transformation [2:31]
27. "She's Ours Now!" [1:21]
28. Bright Boy to the Rescue [1:43]
29. Silver-Bullet Standoff [3:14]
30. Surrounded by Fangs [:48]
31. Wild Reporter [1:07]
32. End Credits [:39]
1. Main Title [3:28]
2. Crank Caller [2:41]
3. Live Bait [1:11]
4. Traumatized Victim [4:40]
5. "All-American Boy" [:05]
6. Too Soon For Work [2:25]
7. "How Crazy Am I?" [3:15]
8. The Colony Barbecue [:42]
9. Nymphomaniac Marsha [1:56]
10. "I Want To End It!" [1:44]
11. Something's Out There [1:54]
12. Missing Person Or Wolf? [1:12]
13. Gruesome Carcass [:51]
14. Werewolf Hunting [1:55]
15. "The Other Side" [3:12]
16. Seduced By Evil [:03]
17. A Vicious Bite [1:51]
18. Legend or Reality? [1:47]
19. "Out of Sync" [2:26]
20. Call of the Wild [:16]
21. Matching Places [2:04]
22. Dangerous Evidence [1:39]
23. Hand or Claw? [1:49]
24. Things Get Violent [1:16]
25. Big Bad Wolf [2:23]
26. Ugly Transformation [2:31]
27. "She's Ours Now!" [1:21]
28. Bright Boy to the Rescue [1:43]
29. Silver-Bullet Standoff [3:14]
30. Surrounded by Fangs [:48]
31. Wild Reporter [1:07]
32. End Credits [:39]
Disc #2, Side A -- The Howling II - Your Sister Is A Werewol
1. Main Title/ Funeral [7:06]
2. Pary Time [6:06]
3. Proof [5:50]
4. Hunting [8:13]
5. Translyvania [3:12]
6. Young Again [5:35]
7. Strange Folks [7:28]
8. The Plan [2:50]
9. Wolf Territory [3:05]
10. Full Moon Festival [3:01]
11. The Castle [6:10]
12. Bait [6:35]
13. Battleground [6:40]
14. Into the Temple [6:51]
15. Last Encounter [4:25]
16. Home/ End Credits [7:34]
Disc #2, Side B -- The Howling II - Your Sister Is A Werewolf
1. Main Title/ Funeral [7:06]
2. Pary Time [6:06]
3. Proof [5:50]
4. Hunting [8:13]
5. Translyvania [3:12]
6. Young Again [5:35]
7. Strange Folks [7:28]
8. The Plan [2:50]
9. Wolf Territory [3:05]
10. Full Moon Festival [3:01]
11. The Castle [6:10]
12. Bait [6:35]
13. Battleground [6:40]
14. Into the Temple [6:51]
15. Last Encounter [4:25]
16. Home/ End Credits [7:34]

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