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If I were to select a movie monster I would most like to be, it would definitely be a werewolf. Sure, I love zombie movies, but I don't think I could ever develop a taste for human flesh. The werewolf is a majestic creature. He is powerful, terrifying and deadly...the ultimate killing machine.

My all-time favorite werewolf movies are  "The Howling" followed by  "The Wolf Man", and "An American Werewolf in London" respectfully. Many will argue that "An American Werewolf in London" is better, but not in my book. I will probably receive a ton of email on this subject, but here are my arguments. E-mail me.

First, "The Howling" was more of a true horror film than "An American Werewolf in London". "An American Werewolf in London", although a great example of horror, had more of a comical overtone. I really enjoyed the hard edge of  the "The Howling". Its power raged from the brutally of its' horrific theme.

Second, both movies played on the idea of the reluctant werewolf. The reluctant werewolf has been the focal point of most these films since Lon Chaney, Jr. donned the fur in The Wolf Man. "The Howling" changed the formula of traditional werewolf movies. It showed the dark side of these hunters of humans.  I really liked how Joe Dante depicted the struggle between those who wanted to fit into human society and those who just wanted to devour mankind. The reluctant werewolf storyline can get old really fast. I know I wouldn't have a problem with all that power.

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Old Way vs. vs.
New Way
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Third, the special effects. I will probably receive a ton of email saying that the special effects in "An American Werewolf in London" were great and there is no doubt, they were awesome. However,  Rob Bottin's transformations were truly amazing.  They had never been seen on film before and that was exactly what Bottin was shooting for. I like them better than today's morphing.   Rick Baker, who did the effects for "An American Werewolf in London" had begun as a fx consultant on "The Howling", but later left to do "An American Werewolf in London". Both men did a wonderful job with each movie, but I like Bottin effects, because they seem more realistic.

Also, the lighting was a key factor in the success of these effects. In "An American Werewolf in London" all the effects took place in well-lit areas. This made the effects look more plastic and fake. The blue-green lighting used in The Howling's transformation scenes help to hide these  limitations and propel the effects.

Fourth and finally, the werewolves themselves. I  prefer the two-legged werewolf to it's four-legged counterpart. The two-legged version just seem more menacing to me. The creature still possesses the strength of the wolf coupled with the derangement of mankind. Again, it is the ultimate killing machine.

Well, that's my argument. Checkout my "An American Werewolf in London" page. As always please e-mail me if you have anything you can add to this page, or if you have any comments, criticisms or suggestion.


The Howling   

Newscaster Karen White (Dee Wallace) has a new secret admirer. Unfortunately for her, he's a little on the hairy side. While serving as a decoy to capture sex-killer Eddie Quist (Richard Picardo) the howling begins for Karen. She can't remember anything about Eddie's death and she doesn't want to. Her nightmares persist and she seeks the help of  Dr. George Waggner (Patrick Macnee) who suggests she get away from it all and pursue counseling at his retreat, THE COLONY. Little does she know that it a colony for Lycanthropes (i.e. werewolves).

Weird things are afoot (or should I say a paw) in the woods. Karen's husband Bill (Christopher Stone) is quickly seduced by this strange world of the wolf. The gift is offered to her, but Karen refuses it. These werewolf scenes are truly the best ever. Rob Bottin's transformations are amazing, especially   Karen's re-encounter with Eddie Quist. That was one of the greatest scenes in horror movie history. Better start running to get your wolf bane and silver bullets. It seems these wolves have a craving for human flesh, but forget the full moon crap, because  a good werewolf can start howling anytime.

 



  • Spawned 6 sequels. They are not very good, but "Howling VI: The Freaks" was not bad.

  • The following characters are named after werewolf movie directors: George Waggner, Roy William Neill, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Erle C. Kenton, Sam Newfield , Charles Barton, Jerry Warren, Lew Landers, and Jacinto Molina (Paul Naschy).

  • Cameos by Forrest Ackerman, John Sayles, and Roger Corman.

  • The original idea was to use stop motion animations for the werewolves. David Allen was hired to complete the the animation, but the director Joe Dante decided to go with puppets and costumes.

  • The budget was $1.1 million.

  • Grossed $18 million in the US.

  • Rick Baker who went on to do "American Werewolf in London" and many other great movies was originally hired to do the effects for "The Howling". He left the production of "The Howling" early on to work on "American Werewolf in London."  "American Werewolf in London" had been a pet project of Rick Baker and John Landis for many years.

  • The porno that Karen goes to see when meeting Eddie, was shot by Joe Dante in his garage for this movie.

  • Throughout the film there are many tributes to The Wolf Man.  For example  The Wolf Man is shown numerous times on TV, along with other werewolf cartoons, and Lon Chaney Jr's photo is given a close up when Karen is feeling around for the acid she throws into the face of Eddie Quist. Also, Bill is shown reading a book by Tom Wolfe.

 

Like to play a werewolf???? Try White Wolf's RPG "WEREWOLF: The Apocalypse" and release the beast.

 


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