One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and ... See full summary »
After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. After newswoman Karen White's shocking on-screen transformation and violent death, her brother Ben is approached by Stefan Crosscoe, a mysterious gentleman who claims that Karen has actually become a werewolf. But this is the least of their worries... To save mankind, Stefan and Ben must travel to Transylvania to battle and destroy Stirba, the immortal queen of all werewolves, before she is restored to her full powers!Written by
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The film was made and released about six years after its source novel by Gary Brandner upon which it is only very loosely based and suggested by, had been first published in 1979. The Wikipedia website states that "the Howling II film is largely unrelated to his Howling II novel from 1979, though it does introduce Eastern European customs and Romani into its werewolf mythology like the book." See more »
Transylvania is in Romania, not Czechoslovakia. See more »
For it is written: the inhabitants of the Earth have been made drunk with her blood. And I saw her sent upon a hairy beast and she held forth a golden chalice full of the filthiness of fornications. And upon her forehead was written: "Behold I am the great mother of harlots and all abominations of the Earth."
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The closing credits run over what appear to be deleted scenes and alternate footage, along with the same scene of Sybil Danning ripping off her shirt, which is repeated 17 times. See more »
The original HBO/Thorn tape release is dark and unwatchable, as well as cut. The cable version is bright and clear and features European folk music over the formerly silent end credits, but cut. The Republic/Lumiere tape release is bright and clear, (almost too bright in some suspense scenes), and was the longest version in existence until the release of the MGM DVD, which is not only uncut and in widescreen, but is bright, clear, and watchable. The Republic/Lumiere tape bears the retitling "Howling II: Stirba, Werewolf Bitch", while the DVD and the other VHS versions are still titled "Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf". See more »
More like none of the terror and none of the torment
Have an appreciation for horror and had been interested in 'The Howling' franchise for a while, with the first film being highly recommended. Also know that werewolf films have been done well on film, so decided to continue my "watching and reviewing all films from horror franchises" quest, and did so with 'The Howling' series.
Found myself really enjoying the first film and of 'The Howling' franchise it is by far the best. Didn't find myself enjoying the sequels as much, far less as a matter of fact, while not finding them completely disposable. 'The Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf' is not quite among the lesser outings of the franchise, yet still feels like a completely different film to the first 'The Howling'. That film may not have been perfect (i.e. pacing), but it was an atmospheric and witty film with some really impressive effects. Here in 'The Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf', the sly wit and well-timed eeriness of the first film are completely gone and replaced by over-the-top camp and bizarreness, neither of which really done well and there's little charm with either too. It was like watching a completely different franchise.
A few things save it. The best things about it are sensual Sybil Danning and her cleavage, that is like a character of its own. Some of the scenery is reasonably nice.
Christopher Lee's commanding presence is always a joy.
Sadly his dignity doesn't stay intact properly here because he has little to do and he spends a lot of his screen time looking as though he was regretting doing the film (that did turn out to be the case). He still comes off very well though compared to the rest of the cast, with Reb Brown and Annie McEnroe being just dreadful in uninteresting and annoying roles. The writing is very cheesy with no natural flow and the campness gets really over the top.
The story is a mess. There is no tension or suspense here, while it also suffers from being confusing, over-stretched and really tedious from all the dragged out stretches that felt like padding. The production values are poor this time too, the effects and make-up now woefully under-budgeted and often used gratuitously. The soundtrack is very intrusive and doesn't fit the film at all, also sounding cheap.
Overall, weak first sequel but not unwatchable. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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