It certainly didn't become my favorite film of all time, but it's clear why it was so highly acclaimed. The transformation sequences are generous, and utterly horrifying. When I saw the werewolf makeup in full view for the first time, I was awestruck by the enormity of it. And towards the end, there are a
horde of them-so you know they made more than one suit, which shows they had a very nice budget, used very wisely.
The Howling, adapted from Gary Brandner's novel, is an interesting split between traditional werewolf tropes in a more modern setting and a leaning towards what we easily recognize as urban paranormal fantasy. The majority of the movie takes place in an out of the way country retreat for people who require therapy. We follow news broadcaster Karen White there after she meets with a serial killer and witnesses his gruesome death. While at this country complex, there's lots of fog to set the mood. You even got the "Van Helsing" character type, a skeptical Brooklynite running a store chock full of occult books and weapons that made me laugh. There was also the strain of investigation, and questions about lycanthropy/sanity, and the nature of humanity.
|What do you do when something this ginormous|
comes for you??
K Rating: 7/10
*New Author Goal: 6*