|Plot Outline: Following a traumatic encounter with serial killer Eddie Quist, T.V journalist Karen White is advised by her psychologist to take a break from her work and attend a private therapy center called “The Colony”. Karen is left with no choice but to follow the advice and together with her husband heads for the woods where the Colony therapy center is located. Things soon turn for the worse as her husband is brutally attacked by a mysterious creature one night. Karen begins to suspect that something is terribly wrong at the Colony, until she finally realizes the therapy center is actually owned by werewolves. With her husband turning into a werewolf himself, she is left with no choice but to confront the creatures in order to get out of there alive.|
There are essentially two main reasons why you should watch this film. One of these are the werewolf transformations themselves. The ones in “American Werewolf” were great; but these, believe it or not, are even better. Thanks to perfect use of editing and extraordinary make-up effects (duly provided by Rob Bottin, whose other credits include “John Carpenter’s The Thing”); the transformations seem way ahead of their time. In an era continuously characterized by the extensive use of CGI in movies, “The Howling” is living proof that brilliant effects can still be obtained by old-school methods.
The film drags a little too much at the beginning; hence the 1 star reduction in the final rating. This could make you lose some interest on what’s going on, but the second part more than compensates for this. As soon as the scene in which Karen’s husband is bit by a werewolf comes along, the film doesn’t look back and takes the viewer on an unforgettable roller-coaster ride! Expect to see some surprisingly hot werewolf sex, a substantial amount of action, and even a little dose of black humor.