The Howling (1981)

After nearly getting raped/ murdered by suspected serial killer Eddie Quinz in a porno booth, TV reporter Karen White is able to escape thanks to a dumb rookie cop who shoots through the door and kills Eddie with total disregard for her safety.  Karen is a bit shook up after this and her therapist sends her and her jerk of a  husband up to his therapeutic resort called The Colony.  Meanwhile Karen’s friends at the TV station look into Eddie’s past and discover he wasn’t quite right, and seemed to be obsessed with werewolves.  They visit an occult bookstore and do a little more research and aren’t quite sure if they believe in werewolves or not, until they go to see Eddie’s body and it is missing from the morgue.  At The Colony, Karen and her oafish husband start to feel better, despite the resort being populated by a bunch of freaks; that is until they hear howling and some cattle start screaming.  Her hubby goes out and ends up bitten by a werewolf, then things start to go on a rapid decline for Miss Karen.  It will be up to her bumbling friends to try to save her from this resort that is really a front for some sort of a werewolf timeshare.

Alex’s Thoughts:  Unfortunately I saw The Howling 2 before I saw this movie, so I didn’t really have too high of an expectation for the original.  While it is way better than the sequel, it still doesn’t rank up there with personal werewolf favorites of mine like An American Werewolf in London or Ginger Snaps.  I suppose it’s fine for what it is, but just don’t put too much thought into it.  The effects are hit and miss, with some truly crappy animated transformations to some great make-up when some of the werewolves are mid-transformation.  If you like werewolf flicks, you’ve probably already seen this, but if not, it’s worth checking out.  Alex Rates This Movie 6/10

Tim’s Thoughts: This is worthy of its classic status, and Alex is right, An American Werewolf in London is the best werewolf movie. EVER. Be that as it may, The Howling isn’t bad, and if you can appreciate some of the tongue cheek bits, I think that most people will enjoy it. Also in agreeing with Alex, the effects range from really good, to kinda crappy. Seriously though if you only watch one Howling movie, keep to this one. If you need to punish yourself 2 or 3 will do nicely. Tim Rates This Movie 7/10

“You can’t tame what’s meant to be wild, doc. It just ain’t natural.”

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