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753 Ratings

The Howling

Directed by Joe Dante
United States, 1981
Horror, Thriller


After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.

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The Howling Directed by Joe Dante

Critics reviews

The Howling is a very 80s spin on the Universal monster movies, complete with righteously seething, misandrist subtext, but its love of the movie monsters (and the pop culture marginalia all over the script) that shaped our nightmares and fed our morality is timeless.
March 23, 2016
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Joe Dante’s The Howling, which beat the Landis film [An American Werewolf in London] into theaters by a few months, is a lot more conspicuously attuned to, and critical of, the genre’s undertones of sexual violence. From the very first scene, The Howling plays around with the notion of vulnerability as a role-playing exercise, a pseudo-sex game.
June 18, 2013
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