It's not that I don't love seeing him- because obviously he's one of my favorite cameos ever, but I can't believe he has so many random parts in movies!
Ok moving on. The Howling is great. I enjoyed going into it knowing next to nothing about the story line- because it really is a truly different way to look at werewolf culture. Although both this and An American Werewolf in London were released in the same year- they both are fantastic- and if it had not been for my burning love of John Landis I would have a hard time deciding which I liked better. Well..that's kind of a lie- because The Howling is a little lacking in areas of dark comedy, and pure genuine thrills and of course story so American Werewolf rightfully wins. Anywho, both movies were praised for their make up effects- and both movies have an equally painful transformation scene. Dee Wallace was great- although sometimes she was a bit too catatonic for her own good- and funnily enough she wasn't catatonic enough when she discovered her friend ripped apart in the doctor's office. But never mind the movie was still great and it had me fooled all the way till the end about just how weird this "colony" really was.
Organized communities like this colony- really freak me out. How creepy was it at the end when...SPOILER everyone turned out to be a werewolf? They really had me fooled there because I thought the werewolves were just the slut girl and her brother. Again the idea of mental illness being the start of it all with the doctor providing therapy- and having them all be wolves was great! It really sticks it to those people like Larry Talbot's father who believe lycanthropy is a real disease and not someone actually turning into a wolf.
I also loved in the beginning how the you were kind of searching for how the werewolf was going to fit in. That scene in the porn store was intense- and later when they pulled out the guy's tray in the morgue and he was gone! With the claw marks on the back of the door? Crazy. I also loved that moment when Dee Wallace's friend stumbled upon the room in the cabin with the exact same drawings that the murderer had back in his apartment. And the ultimate shock moment- of when she finds his folder in the filing and cabinet and the wolf arm is right there! I loved that.
The wolves in this movie were really something. I think almost more impressive maybe than An American Werewolf in London- although that could have been because there were simply just more of them. American Werewolf still wins in the transformation scene though. The Howling transformation scene- did look painful but we really didn't care whether or not creepy Eddie Quist was experiencing pain. It still looked cool as fuck-
and I think the best part was maybe the wolf mouth expanding like that.
I guess I just felt like it went on for far too long. Just frickin change already. Still great though- and the gore in particular was pretty surprising...especially when he takes that thing out of his head? Barf.
There were a lot of great things going on here- although I'm still not sure about that sudden cartoon looking shot of Bill doing that wolf woman. What was that all about by the way? I just wanted to see some real wolf sex, is that too much to ask for? The ending scene in the car was exciting and sad at the same time- and the news announcement at the end was great. Overall I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I figured I was out wolfed out- but it turns out a good werewolf movie can always entertain.
Also side note- I loved Dee Wallace as a werewolf! She was almost cute looking. Too cute and fuzzy really...she mostly looked like a big bunny rabbit. Classic.
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