Howling VI: The Freaks (1991)

R  |  Video  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Horror  |  13 June 1991 (USA)
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A villainous carnival owner traps a young werewolf to include in his growing menagerie of inhuman exhibits.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Hughes ...
Winston (as Sean Gregory Sullivan)
Miss Eddington
Jered Barclay ...
R.B Harker (as Bruce Martyn Payne)
Sheriff Fuller (as Carlos Cervantes)
Christopher Morley ...
Carl / Carlotta
Randy Pelish ...
Ben Kronen ...
John A. Neris ...
Earl Bartlett
Carny Worker
Jeremy West ...


A villainous carnival owner traps a young werewolf to include in his growing menagerie of inhuman exhibits.

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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Rated R for some scenes of graphic horror violence | See all certifications »

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The Howling VI  »

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Good werewolf vs. evil carnie
20 February 2012 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

HOWLING VI: THE FREAKS (1991, 102 minutes)

A Brit named Ian (Brendan Hughes) drifts into a Southwestern town around the same time as a carnival freak show. He picks up work with a pastor and stays at his house where his cute daughter, Elizabeth (Michele Matheson), takes interest. Harker (Bruce Payne), the darkly man who owns the freak show, may be more than what he appears.

This one is too dramatic and slow for those with ADHD and the werewolf's face looks more like a member of Twisted Sister than a werewolf, although the way the beast walks on canine legs is notable. In any case, "Howling VI" delivers. In fact, I think it's the best of the sequels, followed by IV and V, although I haven't yet seen 1995's "The Howling: New Moon Rising" (VII) or 2011's "The Howling Reborn" (VIII).

What makes "Howling VI" stand out is its focus on characters. The casting is excellent and all the characters are well fleshed-out for a 102-minute micro-budget horror flick. For instance, Ian clearly has a dark secret, but it's also obvious that he's a quality soul. Elizabeth is innocent to the ways of the world but she instinctively senses goodness in Ian, as does the "alligator boy." Harker, by contrast, possesses a sinister edge despite his great charisma. Speaking of which, Bruce Payne is outstanding here.


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