The Howling (1981, 91 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

This is one I had somehow managed to miss when I was a kid, and being a huge Joe Dante (The ‘burbs, Gremlins) fan, I was really looking forward to it. Not to mention it was co-written by John Sayles. Unfortunately, I can’t say it met my expectations.

This is a campy werewolf movie featuring Dee Wallace as Karen White, a TV news anchorwoman who early on in the movie has an odd encounter with an apparent serial killer that has been stalking her. Before long, she and her husband are out in the woods at a communal retreat, only to soon discover the rest of the community are all werewolves.

That seems like a weak plot synopsis but it’s more indicative of a weak plot itself, because that really about sums it up. The movie manages to be funny on occasion (screeching tires on grass, what has to be the first mention of Scientology in a movie), but it’s not often enough, and the scares and gore are mostly confined to the last 20-30 minutes. The effects are good, and there’s some good werewolf action here and there, but just like the humor, it’s too far and between.

Not recommended. Dated, and not particularly funny or scary. It does get some bonus points for starring Slim Pickens and Dick Miller. And this movie has amazingly spawned something like 8 sequels.

2.5 out of 5 stars


About denmcg

I love movies and love sharing them with friends and family. I found myself constantly giving recommendations (sometimes solicited, sometimes not- ask my Dad) so thought why not do a movie review blog? Every year there are tons of great movies that go under-seen, and what I'll do here is let you know which ones you should check out and what ones you should leave unseen. In my experience, movies in the foreign, indie, and documentary genres most typically go under-seen, so those are the reviews you'll find most prevalent here. You'll also find some older films reviewed, that when released were hits, but over time have seen their visibility wane. I'll try to update the site every weekend, and feedback is welcome, whether it's on a review, a movie I should check out, or on the site itself.
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One Response to The Howling (1981, 91 minutes, Rated R) 2.5 out of 5 stars

  1. Pingback: Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010, 84 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars | Under the Radar Movies

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