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Director:
Writers:
Gary Brandner (novel)
John Sayles (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 April 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Imagine your worst fear a reality
Plot:
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
'The Howling' is one of the all time best werewolf movies. See more (188 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dee Wallace ... Karen White

Patrick Macnee ... Dr. George Waggner

Dennis Dugan ... Chris

Christopher Stone ... R. William 'Bill' Neill

Belinda Balaski ... Terry Fisher

Kevin McCarthy ... Fred Francis

John Carradine ... Erle Kenton

Slim Pickens ... Sam Newfield

Elisabeth Brooks ... Marsha Quist

Robert Picardo ... Eddie Quist
Margie Impert ... Donna

Noble Willingham ... Charlie Barton

James Murtaugh ... Jerry Warren
Jim McKrell ... Lew Landers

Kenneth Tobey ... Older Cop
Don McLeod ... T.C. Quist

Dick Miller ... Walter Paisley - Bookstore Owner
Steve Nevil ... Young Cop
Herbie Braha ... Porno Cashier (as Herb Braha)
Joe Bratcher ... Radio Man
Bill Sorrells ... Kline

Meshach Taylor ... Shantz (as Mesach Taylor)
Ivan Saric ... Jack Molina
Sarina C. Grant ... Hooker (as Sarina Grant)
Chico Martínez ... Man on Street
Daniel Núñez ... Liquor Cashier (as Daniel Nunez)
Michael O'Dwyer ... Drunk
Wendell Wright ... Man at Bar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrest J Ackerman ... Bookstore Customer (uncredited)

Robert A. Burns ... Porn store patron (uncredited)

Roger Corman ... Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Robert Hammond ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Jensen ... TV Sports Announcer (uncredited)

Jonathan Kaplan ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

John Sayles ... Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Beverly Warren ... Extra (uncredited)
Bill Warren ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Dante 
 
Writing credits
Gary Brandner (novel)

John Sayles (screenplay) and
Terence H. Winkless (screenplay)

Produced by
Daniel H. Blatt .... executive producer
Rob Bottin .... associate producer
Jack Conrad .... producer
Michael Finnell .... producer
Steven A. Lane .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
 
Cinematography by
John Hora (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Dante 
Mark Goldblatt 
 
Casting by
Susan Arnold 
Judith Weiner 
 
Art Direction by
Robert A. Burns 
 
Costume Design by
Jack Buehler 
 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects consultant
Joe Beserra .... makeup effects studio artist
Rob Bottin .... special makeup effects creator
Greg Cannom .... additional makeup effects
Bill Davis .... assistant makeup artist
Morton Greenspoon .... creative contact lens effects (as Morton K. Greenspoon O.D.)
Tina Kline .... contact lens technician (as Tina Klein)
Shawn McEnroe .... first makeup effects assistant
Medusah .... assistant hair stylist (as Anne Aulenta-Spira)
Medusah .... assistant makeup artist (as Anne Aulenta-Spira)
Art Pimentel .... second makeup effects assistant
Margaret Prentice .... makeup effects studio artist (as Margaret Beserra)
Josephine Turner .... special hair work
Josephine Turner .... wig maker
Gigi Williams .... hair stylist
Gigi Williams .... makeup artist
Kevin Brennan .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Peter Manoogian .... second unit manager
Jack C. Smith .... unit manager
David C. Thomas .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Cummins .... first assistant director
Jack Cummins .... second unit director
Jon Davison .... second unit director
Nancy King .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Mary Church .... art assistant
Ivo Cristante .... property master
Richard Hescox .... production illustrator
Steven Legler .... set designer (as Steve Legler)
Frank Ventrola .... production illustrator
 
Sound Department
Ken King .... production sound mixer
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Doug Beswick .... special mechanical effects
Roger George .... special effects
Jeff Shank .... effects unit line producer
Steve Shank .... effects unit line producer
 
Visual Effects by
David Allen .... stop motion animation
Peter Kuran .... love scene and main title animation: VCE
Rick Taylor .... effects camera operator (uncredited)
Susan Turner .... visual effects (uncredited)
Pam Vick .... cel animator (uncredited)
Mike Warren .... optical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Carmen Babnick .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Roger Creed .... stunt coordinator
Marneen Fields .... stunt double: Dee Wallace
John Moio .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... utility stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Cattell .... first assistant camera
Doug Cragoe .... grip (as Douglas Cragoe)
Matia Karrell .... electrician
Laurel Moore .... still photographer
John C. Murray .... gaffer
Stephen L. Posey .... camera operator: second unit (as Stephen Posey)
Ronald Raschke .... second assistant camera
Ted Rhodes .... best boy grip
Richard Sands .... electrician (as Rick Sands)
Richard Sands .... grip (as Rick Sands)
Roger Sassen .... best boy electric
Kurt Young .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy G. Fox .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kent Beyda .... associate film editor
Alan Toomayan .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Chris Carney .... composer: song "Rocky Mountain Waltz"
Joyce Fienhage .... composer: song "Howling Chicken"
Rick Fienhage .... composer: song "Howling Chicken"
Marshall Leib .... music coordinator (as Marshall Lieb)
Natale Massara .... conductor
 
Other crew
Allen Alsobrook .... production assistant
Donald P. Borchers .... production associate
Frank Capra III .... production assistant
Susan Gelb .... production accountant
Frank Gomon .... television material provided by
Robert Jellen .... insurance (as Bob Jellen)
Stephan Kertesz .... production assistant
Sherri Lubov .... production assistant
John Ott .... production assistant
Jeanne Rosenberg .... script supervisor
Jack C. Smith .... location manager
Terry Smulen .... assistant to producer
Michael Takacs .... television technical advisor
Mark Tarnawsky .... production assistant
Stokely Van Camp .... television material provided by
 
Thanks
Forrest J Ackerman .... special thanks
Jane Alsobrook .... special thanks
Jamie Anderson .... special thanks
Paul Bartel .... special thanks
Michael Chapman .... special thanks
Roger Corman .... special thanks
Mick Garris .... special thanks
Gary Graver .... special thanks
Jonathan Kaplan .... special thanks
Sylvia Neil .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
91 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2004) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1981) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (Special Edition DVD) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1984) | Norway:(Banned) (1981-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:18 (Special Edition DVD) | UK:(Banned) (Special Edition DVD) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Jack Conrad was originally set to direct and write the film, but troubles with the studio forced him to leave the project. In addition Terence H. Winkless was writing the script at one point, but when his version proved unsatisfactory, he left the production. It eventually fell into the lap of director Joe Dante who brought on writer John Sayles, with whom he had previously worked for Piranha (1978), to write the screenplay.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Chris arrives at the colony in his Mazda, you hear the tires squeal, but his car is on the grass, not the cement.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dr. George Waggner:Repression. Repression is the father of neurosis, of self-hatred. Now, stress results when we fight against our impulses. We've all heard people talk about animal magnetism, the natural man. the noble savage, as if we'd lost something valuable in our long evolution into civilized human beings. Now there's a good reason for this.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why did Dr. Waggner invite Karen to the Colony? She hadn't been bitten by a werewolf.
Is there a longer version available of The Howling?
Is 'The Howling' based on a book?
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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
'The Howling' is one of the all time best werewolf movies., 2 June 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Most of my favourite horror movies of the 1980s were small, indie movies made outside the major studio system e.g. 'The Evil Dead', 'Maniac', 'Basket Case'. Most of the "big" horror movies then (like now) were pretty lame. 'The Howling' is a notable exception. Watching it over twenty years after it was originally released is quite an eye-opener. It not only holds up well, it is in fact, a damn fine movie. Joe Dante must take the credit for this. For me in the 1980s Dante was like a smarter, more inventive Spielberg. Dante, who learned his chops working for Roger Corman as an editor, writer and director, is a knowledgeable horror buff (Universal, Hammer, Bava movies) with a sly wit and great sense of fun. 'The Howling' is full of in jokes and ironic nods, but never goes all the way into comedy. Dante takes the material seriously. This is a pretty scary movie and the werewolves are some of the best ever seen. Dee Wallace ('The Hills Have Eyes', 'The Frighteners') is a TV reporter who is traumatized after a close encounter with a serial killer (Dante regular Robert Picardo). Dr. Waggner (Patrick Macnee of 'The Avengers' fame), a charming psychiatrist she knows and trusts suggest that she and her husband Bill (Christopher Stone) join him at his therapeutic retreat "The Colony". I won't spoil the movie by going into detail about what happens next, but it's creepy and entertaining. Wallace is very good and Picardo, who usually plays comic roles, is convincing as Quist the psycho nut job. 'The Howling' was co-written by John Sayles, who pops up in a cameo, as does Roger Corman, and super fan Forrest J. Ackerman, former editor of 'Famous Monsters Of Filmland'. Dante is a loyal guy who always likes to acknowledge where he is coming from, so as well as Corman and Ackerman there are roles for horror legend John Carradine, Kevin McCarthy ('Invasion Of The Body Snatchers'), Kenneth Tobey ('The Thing From Another World'), Slim Pickens ('Dr Strangelove') and Dick Miller (as "Walter Paisley" his character in Corman's 1950s b-grade classic 'A Bucket Of Blood'). 'The Howling' is sure to be enjoyed by every horror buff and for me is one of the all time best werewolf movies along with Universal's 'The Wolf Man' and Hammer's underrated 'The Curse Of The Werewolf'.

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