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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

R | | Horror | Video November 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>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Matrix Surround

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While on the opening credits it says "Based on the novels The Howling I, II and III by Gary Brandner", on the poster it says "Based on the book Howling by Gary Brandner", this is more accurate since the film is a closer adaptation of the first book by Brandner. 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

Followed by Howling: New Moon Rising (1995) See more »

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Winter Rain
Music and Lyrics by Lauren Danielle
Vocals by Lauren Danielle
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Not As Bad As People Think
29 January 2004 | by captpicardfanSee all my reviews

It is called the original nightmare because this is an update remake of the first Howling movie. In both movies, a husband and wife retreat to a small town that turns out to be full of werewolves. I like this update, this is definitely a breath of fresh air to the series. Special effects weren't terrible and I loved the the different ideas of how people change into a werewolf. One melts into a puddle of goo in a gruesome scene when he is walking in the woods and drops to the ground and begins to literally melt and then comes back together as a werewolf. Well done scene Tom Savini worthy. There is another man that rips the skin off of his jaw and it grows and he turns into a werewolf. Alot of memorable scenes in this movie makes this a standout movie in the werewolf horror genre and is definitely one of the best movies out of the series.


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