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Gary Brandner (novel)
John Sayles (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 April 1981 (USA) See more »
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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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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Listen to the critics, it's actually one of the best See more (204 total) »


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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 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | New Zealand:Objectionable (Special Edition DVD) (2009) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1984) | Norway:(Banned) (1981-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Cameo: [John Sayles]Uncredited, the film's co-screenwriter as a morgue attendant.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Marsha makes the scratches on Bill's back, his back smooth and hair free. Yet the shot before showing them turning into werewolves, they were both covered with hair.See more »
Quotes:
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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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Features Little Boy Blue (1936)See more »
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Rocky Mountain WaltzSee more »

32 out of 44 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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