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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:
All your nightmares are about to be transformed into one single inescapable fear! See more »
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:
Listen to the critics, it's actually one of the best 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

James MacKrell ... Lew Landers (as Jim McKrell)

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 .... stunt player (as Bruce Barbour)
Roger Creed .... stunt coordinator
Marneen Fields .... stunt player
John Moio .... stunt player
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 .... lighting 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:
In the scene where Terri calls Chris from Dr. Waggner's office, we see a picture of Lon Chaney Jr. on the wall. Chaney played the Wolf Man in five movies (The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). He is the only actor that played a Universal monster in the original film and all of its sequels.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Slim Pickens is shot twice with the shots coming almost on top of each other in quick succession. However, he is shot with a manual bolt-action rifle making that impossible.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:
Howling ChickenSee more »

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28 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Listen to the critics, it's actually one of the best, 3 September 2003
Author: Krug Stillo (nhargii@hotmail.com) from South Wales

Yes! For a change in the horror genre this film does deserve all of the praise, hype, cult following and respect it receives, even from the critics. I would go so far as to even admit that I find this Joe (Gremlins, Innerspace, The 'burbs, Matinee, Small soldiers) Dante flick one of his best crafted works, followed by PIRANHA.

It's always been a toss up between THE HOWLING and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON for the most effective lycanthropy picture of postmodern horror cinema (anything since Psycho). Where John Landis used comedy more blatantly, the humour in THE HOWLING is far more satirical and subversive. Undoubtedly, Rob Bottin's effects steal the show as well as they did for John Carpenter's THE THING. The transformation of Eddie Quist, especially on the revamped DVD is something to behold.

For anyone with a passing interest in the horror genre this is a film to include on that 'TO SEE' list. For fans of werewolf movies this should go on that 'MUST SEE' list.

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