THE HOWLING (18)
D: Joe Dante
Avco Embassy (Michael Finnell & Jack
W: John Sayles & Terence H. Winkless [based on the
novel by Gary Brandner]
DP: John Hora
Ed: Mark Goldblatt & Joe Dante
Mus: Pino Donaggio
Dee Wallace Stone (Karen White), Patrick Macnee (Dr.
George Waggner), Dennis Dugan (Chris), Christopher Stone (Bill Neill), Belinda Balanski (Terry Fisher), Kevin McCarthy (Fred Francis)
The most unfortunate thing about Joe Dante's werewolf
movie is that it was released in the same year as An American Werewolf In London (qv), arguably the greatest werewolf film ever produced.
The Howling itself isn't a bad film at all, albeit rather
dated, the pacing is a bit slow in parts, but it has plenty of scary scenes, decent makeup effects for it's time and reasonably good performances.
A couple of sequels followed, but were mostly ignored due
to the fact that they aren't very good.