• The Howling (1999)

The Howling

Release Date: November 12th, 1999

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2001

R |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

In Los Angeles, television journalist Karen White (Dee Wallace) is traumatized in the course of aiding the police in their arrest of a serial murderer. Her doctor recommends that she attend an isolated psychiatric retreat led by Dr. George Waggner (Patrick Macnee). But while Karen is undergoing therapy, her colleague Chris (Dennis Dugan), investigates the bizarre circumstances surrounding her shock. When his work leads him to suspect the supernatural, he begins to fear for Karen's life.

Cast: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone, Belinda Balaski, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Slim Pickens

Director: Joe Dante

Genres: Horror

Production Co: AVCO Embassy Pictures

Keywords: Husband, Investigation, Mystery, Revenge, Police officer, 1980s, Los Angeles, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The ironic use of every seventies psychological cliche in an unapologetic, unabashed B-movie elevates The Howling to irresistible silliness. Written and directed by Joe Dante, who comes to us straight from the horror-movie forge of Roger Corman, The Howling pays enthusiastic scenic homage to B-movies while remaining faithful to the exploitation formula of the genre. [15 May 1981]

  • 88
    Eric HendersonSlant Magazine

    From the very first scene, The Howling plays around with the notion of vulnerability as a role-playing exercise, a pseudo-sex game. show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Ridiculous -- yes. Comical at times -- yes. Silliest film seen in some time by the Animals Movies Critics' Team. BUT -- great special effects as men BECOME werewolves. WOMEN, too. Before your eyes. Done with -- says here -- HYDRAULICS! Sensational! show more

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