A cheap, oddball little werewolf movie that I'm pretty sure doesn't
make a whole lot of sense.
The story goes something like this: A newswoman is followed from the city back
to her home town by a werewolf, it kills some people, a little Asian dude gets
into a random kung fu fight, the werewolf kills some more people, the main characters try to unravel the mystery and so on and so forth.
The kills are all fairly mediocre and tame, the werewolf is shoddy looking,
there's no suspense, it's tedious, it's boring and the only thing that livens it up are one or two really weird or unintentionally funny scenes. Pretty much total crap.
This flick was a pleasant surprise. It has an intriguing storyline based around Norse mythology, a pretty cool werewolf-esque monster, some really well done kill and chase scenes and a lively score. There's not a whole lot of gore, but the monster does manage to rack up a substantial body count, mostly cops, and there are a couple of pretty cool and surprisingly tense set peices. Some of the performances were excellent as well: Peter Riegert is fantastic as a pez addicted detective that has trouble going through a sentence without using the word "fuck" and makes for a very likable lead, Lawrence Tierney shows up for a welcome cameo and William Hickey plays a crazy old man. Alexander Godunov of Waxwork II: Lost in Time fame pops up here and there throughout, as well, but really comes into play in the third act.
Now, on to the question of whether or not this is actually a werewolf movie. I'm not sure. The monster is supposed to be the incarnation of the monstrous wolf, Fenrir, of Norse mythology. Its spirit possesses a man, who transforms into the monster at least twice, so that's pretty close to werewolf territory right there. He also changes back to human form after he's killed. The film references silver bullets and wolfs bane as well, though jokingly. I'd say it's close enough.
If you like Monster on the rampage type flicks or are desperate to see anything and everything related to werewolves, you might want to track this flick down as I did. It certainly doesn't deserve to be as overlooked and under watched as it is today.
Nazi's, Hitler, Midgets, Deformed midgets, Zombies, Zombie Hitler, Nazi Zombie Midgets, A zombie rock band, a Old lady nazi werewolf, stabbings, weed-whackings, face meltings, decapitations, cow bitings, female nudity, wacky and/or zany hi-jinks AND shenanigans. If the above description doesn't make you want to check this movie out then you'd better stick your face into a pot of scalding water to make sure you're still alive.
This movie is basically about a (Horrible) Rock band that go to play a show in a town. Once they get there, well...that's pretty much where things stop making sense.
If you haven't gathered so far, this film is odd. It so strange and off the wall and just plain terrible you can't help but be entertained. It's definitely a fun, lively film and consistently funny, though almost always unintentionally. It's the kind of movie that makes you wonder what the people making it must have been smoking/shooting/eating/snorting at the time, because it makes very little sense and is basically just wall to wall insanity from start to finish. Give it a watch, if just to see an old woman turn into a werewolf then bust out duel switchblades to disembowel a man with, but please don't go in expecting a "good" movie in the classic sense of the word.
This movie might be the very definition of the phrase "guilty pleasure", it's really not a very good movie at all, but it's inventive, fun and original.
What makes this movie stand out is just how original and unique it really is. The plot is actually fairly interesting. An evil sideshow master kidnaps a werewolf to put him on display. Not terribly complex, but, like I said, it's unique. Even the werewolf design is unique. You can tell they did the werewolf FX on the cheap, but they did the best with what they had, and created something different than any other werewolf I've seen in film.
The originality doesn't stop there, either. You know vampires? Yeah, well guess what? They're purple. That's right, purple. At least in this flick they are. See! what other movie has purple a purple vampire fighting a werewolf at a freakshow? None, that's what other movie!
Another thing that makes this flick worth while is Bruce Payne, here tackling the unfamiliar territory of "bad guy". He puts on an entertaining performance and delivers some great lines. Payne is a very underrated actor, he always manages to create something worthwhile even if he's in a terrible movie.
Anyway, this isn't a great movie, the dialog can be trite, most of the acting is embarrassing, ect., ect., but it's really unlike any movie ever made before, or at least any werewolf movie made before (or sense for that matter) and is a pretty fun time. Buy the double disc with The Howling V, these are the only two worthwhile Howling sequels, unless you like tits, werewolf orgies and Christopher Lee, then watch part 2 as well. Or if you like kangaroo werewolves, werewolves dressed as nuns, Australia, Australian accents, and movies that make you feel like you're on acid AND shrooms as the same time, then check out part 3. Or if you like movies that suck and are terrible watch 7 and 4. Am I missing any?
A gothic fantasy romance film. The photography was consistently above average, the story was...interesting, but the plot was often poorly executed and sometimes makes very little sense. Good atmosphere, good locations. The performances were mostly serviceable, sometimes cringe worthy. The biggest flaw was the writing, the dialog could be downright retarded. It was definitely unique, which partly made up for some of the other flaws.
The story concerns an evil twin, a ghost, Audrey Thorn's fantastic breasts (see Twin Peaks), Charlie Spalding's even more fantastic breasts and a dude that turns into a "creature" whenever he feels love (probably the sissiest werewolf in film history). It's not really worth seeking out unless you absotively must see every werewolf related film ever made in the history of everything (and whether or not this is a werewolf movie is arguable), or unless you're a big fan of nice breasts. I qualified for both of those, so if you're like me, go for it.
A pleasant and amusing old school comedy. Itís basically a murder mystery/caper film with mild family friendly horror elements. I never watched Rowan and Martins Laugh-in but I imagine being a fan of that show would increase your enjoyment of this movie by quite a lot.
As it stands this film is entertaining enough to hold your interest, with some excellent lines and some good physical humor. It never really gets laugh out loud funny, but it is consistently amusing and there are some quite memorable set pieces. I'd compare it to late Abbott and Costello.
Give it a watch if your a fan of Rowan and Martin and old style comedy, don't go out of your way to see it because it's supposed to be a werewolf movie, though.
A nice slice of 80's, campy, low budget, B Monster movie fare. In this movie, an evil creature is brought to life through a combination of comic-book artistry and an ancient, evil spell book of some kind.
The creature is vanquished by the artist who brought it to life (Jeffrey Combs), but he dies as well. 30 years later another comic-book artist arrives and Comb's characters home, now an "artist colony" and finds the book in the cellar, she brings it to life again and through her art unwittingly unleashes it on a murderous rampage.
The premise is original, and pretty imaginative, the performances are all serviceable, or at least amusing. The monster (not actually a werewolf) is pretty cool, but I didn't really like its facial design, looked too much like an evil Muppet. There's some gore, and good death scenes. The artwork on display is fantastic, and my favorite scenes were those in which we see a scenario being drawn, while also occurring in real life. On the minus side; the movie is filled with plot holes and at times just downright makes no sense. The low budget is apparent at times, as well.
Check it out if you're in the mood for a pretty neat, imaginative and cheesy 80's monster flick and don't mind being confused at times.