It's a full moon, on Friday the 13th, so what better day to watch a werewolf classic?
Generally, this movie's a crapfest, but I do enjoy a couple of the special effects: in particular, the morphing hand, Eddie's bullet removal and werewolf transformation are always a delight -- the later is, for me, ultimately, the only thing that's really worthwhile in this whole film.) For 1981, the anamatronic mouths on the werewolf costumes are pretty impressive, as well.
There are also a few fun "hey, it's that guy" moments, including Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager's Doctor) Slim Pickens (Dr. Strangelove's cowboy pilot) and John Carradine (with 300+ film credits to his name, he's an ultimate "that guy!")
As fun as all that may be, however, The Howling has:
- one of the worst film scores I've ever heard
- a weakling script
- unlikeable characters
- generally poor acting
Unless you're looking for a horror film that's ridiculously easy to snark at, or if you're a die-hard fan of werewolf stories (no matter how badly made) then I'd advise you to steer clear of this film. Guarenteed, you won't find anything spectacular here.
Director: Joe Dante
Main Cast: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Robert Picardo