This is one of the best werewolf movies made in my opinion. As far as I'm concerned its tied with Bad Moon on my top werewolf movie list. It stars Dee Wallace-Stone and her real life husband Christopher Stone. Dee Wallace is one of my all time favorite actresses and I think she done a great job with the part. It is based on a 1977 novel of the same name by Gary Brandner. Of course The Howling 4 follows the book a little more closely. The screenplay is written by John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless. The original music score is composed by Pino Donaggio.It has shocks and surprises throughout.Its not all that gory but it will make you jump. Dee Wallace plays Karen White a Los Angeles news anchor being stalked by a serial murderer. She gives a great performance. I don't want to give too much away but she agrees to try to help the police catch him but as you can image that doesn't go quite the way they planned it. Christopher Stone actually played Karen Whites husband Bill in the movie.
I just think this is one of the best made werewolf movies especially being made in the early '80's. Though the film has been noted for its semi-humorous screenplay, it began life as a more straight forward novel by Gary Brandner which was first published in 1977. After drafts by Jack Conrad (the original director who left following difficulties with the studio) and Terence H. Winkless proved unsatisfactory, director Joe Dante hired John Sayles to completely rewrite the script. The two had collaborated before on Dante's 1978 film Piranha. Sayles rewrote the script with the same self-aware, satirical tone that he gave Piranha, and his finished draft bears only a vague resemblance to Brandner's book. It was also noted for its special effects which were state of the art for the time. The transformation scenes were created by Rob Bottin.The most celebrated scene was the on screen transformation of Eddie Quist. Critical response to The Howling varied. Writing in 1981, Roger Ebert dismissed it as the "silliest film seen in some time..." although Gene Siskel liked the film and gave it three and a half stars out of four. Leonard Maltin also wrote in his book 2002 Movie & Video Guide that The Howling is a "hip, well-made horror film" and noted the humorous references to classic werewolf cinema. Variety praised both the film's sense of humor and its traditional approach to horror. The film won the 1980 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film (despite the fact it was not released until 1981). This film was also #81 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2013 I believe. There is a special collectors edition Blu-Ray.
I highly recommend giving this film a chance. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Let me know your opinions on this movie. And for anyone who hasn't seen it give it a chance and check it out. Whats the worst that can happen,some people will probably love it and I'm sure others will hate it. At least give it try. In my opinion it is one of the great werewolf films. There are 8 movies all together in The Howling series. The first is my favorite but I also like the fourth especially since it follows more closely to the novel. I also really liked the eighth one The Howling Reborn. And for all you Hemlock Grove fans The Howling Reborn stars Landon Liboiron who plays Peter the werewolf on Hemlock Grove. Check them out. Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helps.