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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

R  |  Video  |   |  Horror  |  November 1988 (USA)
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A successful author was sent to the small town Drago because of a nervous breakdown, and gets wound up in a mysterious mystery about demons and werewolves. She starts seeing ghosts and ... See full summary »

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Richard Adams
Antony Hamilton ...
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Lamya Derval ...
Eleanor
Norman Anstey ...
Sheriff
Kate Edwards ...
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Dennis Folbigge ...
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Anthony James ...
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Mr. Ormstead
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Maxine John ...
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A successful author was sent to the small town Drago because of a nervous breakdown, and gets wound up in a mysterious mystery about demons and werewolves. She starts seeing ghosts and dismisses them as her own imagination, but when they turn out to be real, she starts to get suspicious of the small town and of its past. But at the heart of this scenic, serene village is much darker than its benign appearance; and while she hopes her vacation will dispel her visions, a sinister presence has drawn her there. Soon she will discover that the ghosts that have haunted her are real and that her horrific visions are a mysterious message. Written by Matt Dotzenroth <smdotzen@compmore.net>

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Aullido IV: La pesadilla original  »

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Trivia

The Howling (1981) and Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) are both based on the same novel by Gary Brandner. Interestingly, Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) actually represents the more faithful adaptation of the novel than The Howling (1981). See more »

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The exterior of the house shows it is a single story house, but the interior is too big to fit in the exterior shown. See more »

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Follows The Marsupials: The Howling III (1987) See more »

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Something Evil, Something Dangerous
Vocals and Lyrics by Justin Hayward
Music by Barrie Guard
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Loathing the Lycan.
28 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Back in 1976 as a wee boy I committed an act of youthful vandalism and readily managed to get one of my young pals blamed for it. On the 28th March 2014 I watched Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, this was an act of such cunning punishment I believe I was being paid back for my youthful misadventure. The Lord does indeed move in mysterious ways!

So this one is closer to Gary Brandner's source material, but that doesn't excuse what a bad film it is. Basically it's a reworking of the original classic Joe Dante film from 1981, shifting the locale doesn't fool anyone, what follows barely registers as a Werewolf movie, let alone as a piece of entertainment. Acting is out of a Kinder Egg and the direction equally so. Justin Hayward's theme song is decent, and Godfrey A. Godar's colour toning for his photography is pleasingly appropriate, but this really only serves as punishment cinema.

So, Robert, I'm sorry for 1976, you can consider your revenge well and truly enacted. Please consider the matter closed and don't summon up any more films like this for me to suffer. 2/10


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