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After a bizarre and near deadly encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.

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Karen White
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Dr. George Waggner
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Chris Halloran
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R. William 'Bill' Neill
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Terry Fisher
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Fred Francis
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Erle Kenton
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Sam Newfield
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Marsha Quist
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Eddie Quist
Margie Impert ...
Donna
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Charlie Barton
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Jerry Warren
James MacKrell ...
Lew Landers (as Jim McKrell)
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Older Cop
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T.C. Quist
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Walter Paisley - Bookstore Owner
Steve Nevil ...
Young Cop
Herbie Braha ...
Porno Cashier (as Herb Braha)
Joe Bratcher ...
Radio Man
Bill Sorrells ...
Kline
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Shantz (as Mesach Taylor)
Ivan Saric ...
Jack Molina
Sarina C. Grant ...
Hooker (as Sarina Grant)
Chico Martínez ...
Man on Street
Daniel Nunez ...
Liquor Cashier
Michael O'Dwyer ...
Drunk
Wendell Wright ...
Man at Bar
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Bookstore Customer (uncredited)
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Porn store patron (uncredited)
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Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
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Man with TV Guide (uncredited)
Robert Hammond ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Jensen ...
TV Sports Announcer (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
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Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Beverly Warren ...
Extra (uncredited)
Bill Warren ...
Extra (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joe Dante

Written by

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Gary Brandner ... (novel "The Howling")
 
John Sayles ... (screenplay) and
Terence H. Winkless ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Daniel H. Blatt ... executive producer
Rob Bottin ... associate producer
Jack Conrad ... producer
Michael Finnell ... producer
Steven A. Lane ... executive producer

Music by

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Pino Donaggio

Cinematography by

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John Hora ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Joe Dante
Mark Goldblatt

Editorial Department

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Kent Beyda ... associate film editor
Alan Toomayan ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Susan Arnold
Judith Weiner

Art Direction by

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Robert A. Burns

Costume Design by

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Jack Buehler

Makeup Department

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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) / 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 / wig maker
Gigi Williams ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Kevin Brennan ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Steve LaPorte ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Bill Sturgeon ... creature effects crew (uncredited)

Production Management

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Peter Manoogian ... second unit manager
Jack C. Smith ... unit manager
David C. Thomas ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jack Cummins ... first assistant director / second unit director
Jon Davison ... second unit director
Nancy King ... second assistant director

Art Department

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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

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Ken King ... production sound mixer
Douglas Vaughan ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Doug Beswick ... special mechanical effects
Roger George ... special effects
Jeff Shank ... effects unit line producer
Steve Shank ... effects unit line producer

Visual Effects by

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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

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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

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Norman Cattell ... first assistant camera
Doug Cragoe ... grip (as Douglas Cragoe)
Matia Karrell ... electrician
Laurel Moore ... still photographer
John Murray ... lighting gaffer (as John C. Murray)
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) / grip (as Rick Sands)
Roger Sassen ... best boy electric
Kurt Young ... key grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nancy G. Fox ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Jack C. Smith ... location manager

Music Department

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Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Chris Carney ... composer: song "Rocky Mountain Waltz"
George Doering ... musician
Joyce Fienhage ... composer: song "Howling Chicken"
Rick Fienhage ... composer: song "Howling Chicken"
Marshall Leib ... music coordinator (as Marshall Lieb)
Natale Massara ... conductor
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn

Other crew

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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
Terry Smulen ... assistant to producer
Michael Takacs ... television technical advisor
Mark Tarnawsky ... production assistant
Stokely Van Camp ... television material provided by

Thanks

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In a red light district, newswoman Karen White is bugged by the police, investigating serial killer Eddie Quist, who has been molesting her through phone calls. After police officers find them in a peep-show cabin and shoot Eddie, Karen becomes emotionally disturbed and loses her memory. Hoping to conquer her inner demons, she heads for the Colony, a secluded retreat where the creepy residents are rather too eager to make her feel at home. There also seems to be a bizarre connection between Eddie Quist and this supposedly safe haven. And when, after nights of being tormented by unearthly cries, Karen ventures into the forest and makes a terrifying discovery. Written by Tim Kretschmann

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Taglines All your nightmares are about to be transformed into one single inescapable fear! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hurlements (France)
  • Das Tier (Germany)
  • Aullidos (Spain)
  • Aullidos (Chile)
  • The Howling: The Beasts (Australia)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Rick Baker was originally doing the special effects for this movie, but he left to do An American Werewolf in London (1981), leaving the effects job for this movie in the hands of assistant Rob Bottin. Both this movie and "American Werewolf" were released the same year and both received praise for their makeup work. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Making a Monster Movie: Inside 'The Howling' (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Howling Chicken See more »
Crazy Credits At the very end of the credits, there is a brief clip from The Wolf Man (1941). See more »
Quotes Eddie Quist: I'm gonna give you a piece of my mind. I trusted you, Karen.
[He proceeds to pull a piece of brain out of a bullet hole in his head]
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