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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

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


John Hough, Clive Turner (uncredited)


Gary Brandner (based on the novels "The Howling I, II, & III" by), Clive Turner (story by) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Windsor ... Marie
Michael T. Weiss ... Richard
Antony Hamilton ... Tom
Susanne Severeid ... Janice
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 ... Fater 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


A successful author was sent to the small town of Drago because of a nervous breakdown, and gets wound up in an unknown mystery about demons and werewolves. She begins seeing ghosts and dismisses them as her own imagination, but when they turn out to be real, she begins 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. She will soon discover that the ghosts that have haunted her are real and that her horrific visions are an unknown message. Written by Matt Dotzenroth <smdotzen@compmore.net>

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Did You Know?


There exists a stillshot of a deleted scene where Marie Adams (Romy Windsor) is covered in blood. This appears to be a scene from the original version of the film by director John Hough before Clive Turner re-shot and re-edited the movie. Furthermore, the back cover to the Portuguese VHS shows another stillshot from this deleted scene where Marie is screaming while covered in blood. See more »


The cover as used by Echo Bridge for the DVD release does not actually use any images from 'The Howling IV'. The half-face of the werewolf in the foreground is not of any of the werewolves in the film. There is also a small image of three men and a graveyard in silhouette; there is no graveyard scene at all in the film. See more »


Sheriff: [pulls over to talk to Marie and Tom in their parked convertible by the side of a dirt road] Well now, just where is it we're tryin' to get to?
Marie Adams: Good afternoon, officer. We're trying to find Drago.
Sheriff: Drago, huh?
Tom Billings: Yeah, she and her husband are renting a cottage there.
Sheriff: You stayin' there too?
Tom Billings: No, I'm a friend giving her a ride.
Sheriff: Well, friend: you head on right. A little ways along there's a break to your left. Now you take that. But if you get to the town... you're goin' too far.
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Music and Lyrics by Lauren Danielle
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A Lycanthropic Sleeping Pill
9 July 2017 | by manisimmatiSee all my reviews

The successful author Marie Adams is haunted by nightmares. In order to recover, she travels to the countryside with her husband Richard. At night, she hears the howling of wild animals. Together with the former nun Janice she tries to uncover the mystery. Does that sound familiar? You bet it does. "Howling IV" is the forth entry in the "Howling" series and basically a rehash of the original "The Howling" from 1981. They most certainly wanted to distance themselves from the two trash escapades that were Part II and III. That was probably a good idea. Unfortunately, the result is a veritable snoozefest.

Bless them, they were trying their best to give the story some kind of class. But it's just plain boring. The movie spends a whole hour to mystifying the fact that we are dealing with werewolfs here. We already know that, guys! It's the fourth movie, there's no need to be so secretive about it. The production is riddled with shortcomings. The editing is unbelievably sloppy and the sound is inconsistent. The script is slow and predictable. The special effects at the end of the movie are alright, and the obligatory transformation scene is pretty cool. But at this point, why should we even care?

"Howling IV" is a truly mystifying movie. There's just no good reason for this remake to exist. It's worse than the original in every single way, and the original wasn't that great in the first place. A lycanthropic sleeping pill – ingest at your own risk.

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Release Date:

November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Matrix Surround



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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