The Drudgeon reviews The Howling

The Howling 91 min., 1981
Written by John Sayles/Terence H. Winkless
Directed by Joe Dante
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★★

Still one great werewolf movie.

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The movie begins with a woman named Karen White (Dee Wallace) walking around a dirty town, but she is actually searching for a man that has been stalking her.  She is wired and she is being monitored by the local news and the police.  The main problem is that when she enters a phone booth they lose communication, which causes her husband, Bill Neill (Christopher Stone).  She is told by a man named Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo), the man stalking her, to go to some porn store and to go into one of the booths.  While in there she is forced to watch a little bit of porn and then when she is finally able to turn around and see what he looks like, she can’t remember.  She is having terrible nightmares and her therapist, Dr. George Waggner (Patrick Macnee), convinces her to go to a place called The Colony because it is a good place to recharge her batteries and they can work better there.  They get there and meet some rather odd people including a woman named Marsha (Elisabeth Brooks), but it starts to get really weird when Karen starts hearing the strange howling sounds from out in the woods.  Are they just normal wolves or are there actually werewolves roaming around The Colony?

When I was younger I used to love Dee Wallace (or Dee Wallace Stone as I always knew her) and as the years went along she seemed to either lose her acting ability or she just didn’t care about the roles she was in, but watching this movie reminds me exactly why I loved her in the first place.  She is just first rate throughout the movie and even with some really poor dialogue she is able to pull it off with ease.  The rest of the cast does a great job with their characters, especially the small part played by Dick Miller who is one of the best actors that seems to be completely ignored by everyone outside of horror.

The effects of the movie have actually aged pretty well, and then again there are other effects of the movie that have actually improved with age, like the actual werewolves.  I used to think that they were cool when I was younger, but now I actually find them really fucking cool.  Is that the childhood love of this movie talking or am I actually looking at the werewolves with a real reviewers eyes?  I really couldn’t say, but damn to I really like them.

This is still one of the best werewolf movies around.  The acting may seem silly to modern audience at times and the effects may show some age, but in the end everything comes together in a great big Jell-O mold of goodness.  Great movie from beginning to end.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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2 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews The Howling

  1. I love werewolf movies and this is hands down one of the best. Great atmosphere, great story.

    Have you seen House of the Devil? Nice Dee Wallace cameo in that.

    Great review, nice to see some love for this movie.

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