The Howling

The Howling

Joe Dante (1981)

bbfc_rating|ages_18_and_over Certificate


Our Score
Co-writer John Sayles and director Joe Dante have huge fun turning werewolf clichés on their head in this rare beast - a horror film that gore fans and film buffs can enjoy. For the former, there is Rob Bottin's amazing make-up and a witty plot in which a sceptical TV journalist (Dee Wallace) uncovers a werewolf colony that's trying - unsuccessfully - to tame its animal instincts. And, for the latter, Dante touches his cap to monster greats of the past by naming key characters after cult horror directors such as Terry (Terence) Fisher and Fred (Freddie) Francis, and finding cameos for such genre alumni as Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller and Roger Corman.


A TV newswoman left traumatised by an encounter with a serial killer goes to recuperate at an isolated Californian retreat with her husband. However, the holiday takes a nightmarish turn when she discovers the sanctuary is home to a pack of werewolves. Horror, starring Dee Wallace Stone, Patrick Macnee and Kevin McCarthy.

Cast & Crew

Karen White Dee Wallace Stone
Dr George Waggner Patrick Macnee
Fred Francis Kevin McCarthy
Sam Newfield Slim Pickens
R William `Bill' Neill Christopher Stone
Erle Kenton John Carradine
Chris Dennis Dugan
Terry Fisher Belinda Balaski
Director Joe Dante
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Barber International FilmsGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray