Probably Dante's darkest film, and an interesting take on lycanthrophy as sexual aggression and predation. These werewolves aren't just feral beasts, they're lusty, even sadistic, emphasizing the hell the protagonist lives through as a struggling survivor of a sexual crime. A far cry from the lighthearted mischief of Gremlins indeed.
TV, rewatched. Lively bubble gum, educated pop culture and, as usual in Dante, hell is one step away from the next look, both of the characters and the spectators, and also, as always, the cinephile reference is exposed and demonstrative, his distinctice mark and limitation. The special effects of transformation into wolf are extraordinary - in such a way that the film stops to observe itself in those moments. As us.
A local news reporter tries to help police capture a serial killer, and accidentally stumbles upon a wellness retreat full of werewolves in Joe Dante's genre classic. The special effects are pretty strong for the time, especially considering the film's low budget, but its characters aren't particularly interesting. Dante directed much stronger films (GREMLINS, PIRANHA), but this one spawned numerous sequels.
Would give it a 2.5 if possible. Starts out well and ends well, but most of the time spent in the resort feels undercooked and bland. The way they split between Karen's story and Terri/Chris hurts both plots, I especially felt like we should've gotten more of Terri and Chris who were much more fun to watch. The transformation scenes are good, though.
THE HOWLING is a decent horror movie about werewolf. It's exciting, intriguing, and frightening. Too bad, THE HOWLING lacks of proper characterization. I never cared to its characters. In spite of all its flaws, THE HOWLING still offered some thrilling moments. It's hard not to mention the practical effect they used for the transformation scene. I think it's one of the most frightening scene in the horror movie...
Somewhere between ambitious practical effects and interesting ideas of human's repressed drives, there is a blank space where the story was supposed to be. The reason for that are bland characters that are used as an excuse for excessive transformation scenes that usually try to grab more than they can handle. In spite of that, werewolves were never more horrendous than this, thus making it a proper werewolf flick.