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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

A successful author moves to a new town after suffering a mental breakdown and is tormented by demons and werewolves.

Directors:

John Hough, Clive Turner (uncredited)

Writers:

Gary Brandner (novels), Clive Turner (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Windsor ... Marie Adams
Michael T. Weiss ... Richard Adams
Antony Hamilton ... Tom Billings
Susanne Severeid ... Janice Hatch
Lamya Derval Lamya Derval ... Eleanor
Norman Anstey Norman Anstey ... Sheriff
Kate Edwards Kate Edwards ... Mrs. Ormstead
Dennis Folbigge Dennis Folbigge ... Dr. Coombes
Anthony James Anthony James ... Father Camefron
Dale Cutts Dale Cutts ... Dr. Heinemann
Clive Turner Clive Turner ... Tow Truck Driver
Megan Kruskal Megan Kruskal ... Sister Ruth
Denis Smith Denis Smith ... Mr. Ormstead
Greg Latter Greg Latter ... John (as Gregg Latter)
Maxine John Maxine John ... Paula
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aullido IV See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Matrix Surround

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original version by John Hough that he turned in was different to the film that was released. When the film was finished, Hough was in England while post-production was performed in LA by Clive Turner. The final version has little resemblance to Hough's version. Turner had re-cut and re-voiced the film. Scenes like Lamya Derval giving oral to Michael T. Weiss were never in Hough's version, but was placed in through re-shooting and re-editing by Turner. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Follows Howling III (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Spring
(from 'The Four Seasons', op. 8)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Performed by The Orchestra Da Camera Di Milano
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An insult to horror fans
14 August 2002 | by horrorbargainbinSee all my reviews

The writing makes it painfully obvious what characters are good, evil, or just naive. You would have to be pretty thick to be surprised by any of the plot twists thrown your way. All the canned dialogue comes from the worst movies we've groaned at in the past. Special FX kick in towards the end, but end all too abruptly as does the film.

If we've got to have a Howling movie so similar (plot-wise) to the first one, could we at least have it improve on the original in just one way? Apparently not.


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