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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

R | | Horror | Video November 1988
A successful author moves to a new town after suffering a mental breakdown and is tormented by demons and werewolves.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lamya Derval ...
Norman Anstey ...
Kate Edwards ...
Mrs. Ormstead
Dennis Folbigge ...
Anthony James ...
Father Camefron
Dale Cutts ...
Dr. Heinemann
Clive Turner ...
Tow Truck Driver
Megan Kruskal ...
Sister Ruth
Denis Smith ...
Greg Latter ...
John (as Gregg Latter)
Maxine John ...


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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A terrifying journey into the gaping jaws of death...




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November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aullido IV: La pesadilla original  »

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Did You Know?


John Hough was thwarted by producer Clive Turner at every step who tried to alter the script while production was en route. After Hough turned in his version, Turner went out and shot tons of new scenes and edited the film to the liking that he wanted and constantly fought Hough for. See more »


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 »


Referenced in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Werewolves (2006) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Lauren Danielle
Vocals by Lauren Danielle
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An unyielding nitemare
9 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

The only flaw I want to emphasize is that the early scenes in this film, much like the opening credits, are too quick to be effective. This one (however) is more faithful to the novel than the original, and once you get past the first 15 minutes, it doesn't seem so rushed. Romy Windsor plays the vision-bound, introverted, semi-tolerated Marie. Neither Marie, nor her husband Richard, nor their friend Tom, believe in werewolves. Janice, an ex-nun, is the only one considering a werewolf-existence possibility. Marie/Richard met her in Drago, and Janice's belief in demons is probably what paved the way for her werewolf suspicions. Along the way, some peeps have vanished, including a hitch-hiking couple and the long-dead sister Ruth. When Marie discovers that the sheriff covered-up the disappearance of the pleasant hitch-hiking couple, or attempted to do so, tempers flare. There's more than one way to skin a wolf (or cover it's tracks), and it isn't by lying to red-riding hood. You can't run a successful werewolf business without breaking a few nuns, as it turns out. The lethargic and apathetic sheriff would probably agree. The main complaint here is the scarce on-screen werewolf time. But in my opinion, this is redeemed by acceptable performances, just enough atmosphere, and a classic 80's score.

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