John's Horror Banana-nanza Episode Fifteen : The Howling

He's a cutey, isn't he, ladies?
He's a cutey, isn't he, ladies?

This episode's all about "The Howling", starring Dee Wallace Stone, and directed by Joe Dante. Dante was responsible for the boring "Piranha" , but also the fantastic "Gremlins 2 : The New Batch", so his work has been up and down.

This movie starts out with a reporter named Karen White, played by Wallace-Stone, pretty much just doing the news. She has been being stalked for a while, but rather than stay away, she agrees to meet the stalker. In a porn shop, no less. So the stalker shows up and makes her watch a rape movie, then she turns around and starts screaming. Anyone with half a brain knows why she's screaming, but she ends up getting amnesia and can't remember.

So Karen goes to an island resort thing, where some slutty looking 80's chick with a mullet starts hitting on her husband/boyfriend/guy pal. Again...we all know where this is headed. After some scenes of hunting and phone calls, we get to the real heart of the movie, with werewolves popping out all over the place. Apparently, the colony is themselves a bunch of werewolves, trying to avoid eating people. Near the end, it turns out that's what a majority of them wanna do anyway. Silver bullets fly and stuff is burned down...and then there's the ending. Which, by the way, is the true payoff. If you make it to the ending, you won't be disappointed.

To be fair, this movie is funny. Very funny. Slim Pickens, John Carradine, and Kevin McCarthy act very well, and Dee Wallace-Stone does a wonderful job as the lead actress. The transformation scenes are excellent. I would go so far as to say they are the second best I've ever seen, next to, of course, Rick Baker's in "An American Werewolf in London."

The best part about this movie is you can probably find it in any DVD store or even freakin' Wal Mart for about $5. I recommend it if you're a fan of werewolf movies, but more if you're a fan of horror-comedies.

They rip off Ghostbusters sounds in this trailer...

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DSPickett 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I find the big transformation scene from The Howling (pictured in your hub) somehow more frightening than the classic one in American Werewolf, even if its not as elaborate. (I suspect it's because there is someone else in the room when it happens, where the other one occurs with the character all alone. Being in the same room when this happens to someone would be incredibly frightening, but so fascinating, you might forget to run away in time.) Both fun, memorable movies. They don't make 'em quite like this anymore.

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