The Howling Movie (1981) Full Film Details

The Howling Movie (1981) Full Film Details
The Howling Movie (1981) Full Film Details

The Howling Deep Dark Thoughts

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. Below, in this article, you can find the details of The Howling Movie Full Film Details

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.

Click below to hear both sides points on this subject matter
Old Way vs. 
New Way
(I prefer the old way)

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 creaturestill 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 Story

The HowlingNewscaster 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.

The Howling Frightful Facts

  • 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 toThe 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.

The Howling Goodies

The Howling Leftover

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The Howling Fanspeak

Name: Charles Bennett

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RE: The Howling

The Howling is the greatest werewolf movie ever. My favorite part of the movie is when Eddie Quist changes into the werewolf. That transformation was a masterpiece. When I had it on tape, I kept rewinding that part. They just don’t make them like that anymore! I’m also a big fan of the Howling series and I’m glad this web sight was made!


Name: Beatrice

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RE: The Howling

I agree that The Howling was the scariest wolf movie ever made–while An American Werewolf in London’s howl is much more frightening–the effects of The Howling is awesome. I can remember staying up late in the 60’s with my mother to watch Werewolf with Lon Chaney (yes, I know, my mother was sadistic in sending me to bed by myself AFTER THAT MOVIE) in the creature feature show. I was only 8 but I still remember with delicious shudder, the two legged walk when he was changing from man to beast. To this day, I think that was the most horrifying metamorphosis a child could ever see. Picture yourself in the woods, peeking in on this man changing and watching his legs come towards you. I have always been and still am hooked on horror. Thanks!


Name: Eric Standridge

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RE: The Howling

Hi, I remember going to see “The Howling” as a kid and was blown away by the special effects and scary, modern atmosphere. I think that’s what got me the most. It was a modern tale of lycanthrope that I could possibly view in real life as an editorial on the local nightly news. I was hooked. Now I’m about to view this classic again on video and the small screen and can only hope it will have the same effect. I wanted to check reviews as a form of nostalgia on the internet before-hand and was glad to find your thorough site!


Eric Standridge, Horror Fan

Name: Lee Durant

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RE: The Howling (1981)

I must admit to my shame. I have been a rancid horror fan for twelve years. I am 22 now. Anything I could get my hands on! This video, while next to impossible to find for purchase here in the N.E. was located in superb condition at a video store for sale. I leapt on it based on the caretakers reviews. It sat in my video library for a year. I finally pulled it out to watch for the first time! What a shame I let it go that long! I feel that Joe Dante, while brilliant, let this movie drag for the first forty minutes or so. The real power and horror of the film weren’t released until the final forty minutes or so. In my opinion it definitely did not rely on gorish overtones to succeed, rather intense plot as well as character development. This was done masterfully. Problem: if you weren’t informed this a horror flick, you would not figure it out until the afore mentioned time had elapsed. It just flows to slowly in the beginning as a crime, drama, thriller. With that aside, the effects of Rob Bottin are easily the best wolf effects ever. Still 17 years later they have yet to be compromised. (Good thing he was given his chance to shine.) He saved the film. Without dragging this out too much further, though I’d like to. Grab your patience and a cigarette and sit down to be amazed by the definitive werewolf movie.