The Howling (1981)
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Critic Reviews for The Howling
Essential viewing for anyone with a serious interest in the history of the genre.
The Howling is Network meets The Island of Dr Moreau, a treatise on nature versus nurture that isn't afraid to poke fun at its practitioners, and while it's not as entertaining as American Werewolf, in the final reckoning it is in many ways ... superior.
An almost unparalleled horror mystery that gave its werewolves fangs and humanity.
I don't think there's a better werewolf movie than this.
Audience Reviews for The Howling
The makeup and visual effects are awesome, especially in a major shape-shifting transformation scene close to the end, while the climax is effectively tense to make the film worth it, but even so the script is rather weak, uneven and can be quite silly and laughable sometimes.
In tandem with 'An American Werewolf in London', the transformation sequence in 'The Howling' is not quite as painstakingly excruciating and terrifying but it's within the proximity of impressive special effects from Rob Bottin. The chest inflates, the snout protrudes and the skin effervesces with hair. However, the end result is a shaggy muskrat that is more mangy and unkempt than goosebump-inducing. Such is the case for most of 'The Howling', a kitschy, obnoxiously winking B-picture that attempts to spoof self-help gurus but the satire is hokily ill-advised with this dross. A female werewolf in the newsroom squelches tensile-wire tension because the prosthetic is insufferably adorable and sublethal. Likewise the reaction shots from the viewing publics (a nuzzling couple, a Spanish cashier, etc.) are ridiculously tongue-in-cheek and plagiarized directly from a Zucker Bros. farce. Also I apologize for my lack of sophistication but I've never been an acolyte of Harryhausen stop-motion animation and a few frames of baying wolves is truly atrocious.
The Howling Quotes
|Chris:||I've got silver bullets in here. (points rifle)|
|Jerry Warren:||Silver bullets my ass! Get up, T.C.!|
|Chris:||(looking in what was Eddie Quist's morgue locker) - He's not here!|
|Morgue Attendant (Uncredited):||He was here this morning!|
|Terry Fisher:||(noticing the damage on the inside of the locker door) - Look at the door!|
|Chris:||You think somebody took him?|
|Morgue Attendant (Uncredited):||Well, he didn't just get up and walk away!|
|Eddie:||I'm gonna give you a piece of my mind. I trusted you, Karen.|
|Dr. George Waggner:||Repression. Repression is the father of neurosis, of self-hatred. Now, stress results when we fight against our impulses. We've all heard people talk about animal magnetism, the natural man. The noble savage, as if we'd lost something valuable in our long evolution into civilized human beings. Now there's a good reason for this.|