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The werewolf may be the least over-used mythical monster in the horror pantheon. You've likely seen fewer werewolf movies than those with vampires or zombies but that doesn't mean that this hairy cousin is any less revered.
Howl is neither a biopic about the poem's author Allen Ginsberg, nor does it delve into any other poem in his literary oeuvre. These are the first of many missteps that the producers take.
It's fun, funny, creepy, and never overstays its welcome; sometimes that's all you want from a horror film.
Howl works best when we see less of those moon beasts.
Engagingly sympathetic portrayals of stoical working women and harassed railway guards keep us on side as the action rattles through familiar generic junctions.
Even those well-acquainted with the genre should find enough to enjoy in the stylish set-pieces that feature plenty of bloody action.
Soon it all gets bloody as the (somewhat unconvincing) lycanthrope goes loco on the locomotive.
Auspicious directing and acting, but ends with a whimper.
An unashamed B picture, but fun.
A werewolf movie without humour is like a vampire picture without prosthetic teeth.
The black humour hits home without breaking the tension, while the gore - as one might expect given Hyett's background in makeup effects - is grimly convincing.
There's still much to admire and enjoy.
A train breaks down in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, and there's a full moon in the sky. If you enjoy the idea of werewolves but are perhaps not happy with how they've been treated cinematically for say, ummm, the last 20 years or so, then close your eyes, tap your heels together 3 times, and turn around and give this one a chance ... you can go home again ... the first decent werewolf movie I've seen in, like, forever. And even scary, too. Zowie.
"I am sick of these motherfucking werewolves on this motherfucking train!"
Pulp-y Monster Movie with just enough going for it to keep you entertained.
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