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Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)

R | | Horror | 10 July 1990 (UK)
A group of strangers visit an ancient Hungarian castle and bring along a werewolf.

Director:

Neal Sundstrom (as Neal Sundström)

Writers:

Gary Brandner (novels), Freddie Rowe | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Phil Davis ... Count Istvan (as Philip Davis)
Victoria Catlin ... Dr. Catherine Peake
Elizabeth Shé Elizabeth Shé ... Marylou Summers
Ben Cole Ben Cole ... David Gillespie
William Shockley ... Richard Hamilton
Mark Sivertsen ... Jonathan Lane
Stephanie Faulkner Stephanie Faulkner ... Gail Cameron
Mary Stavin ... Anna
Clive Turner Clive Turner ... Ray Price
Nigel Triffitt Nigel Triffitt ... Professor
Jill Pearson Jill Pearson ... Eleanor
József Madaras József Madaras ... Peter (as Joszef Madaras)
Renáta Szatler Renáta Szatler ... Susan
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Storyline

When a group of people from different walks of life converge in a Hungarian castle situated in Budapest which has been sealed for 500 years, they bring with them a werewolf which slowly begins to cut their numbers down. The movie is The Howling a la Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians. Written by B.H. Yasuda <byasuda@chat.carleton.ca>

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werewolf | castle | sequel | axe | spear | See All (38) »

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The Beast Returns See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Hungary

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

10 July 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Howling V See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original cinematographer was let go by the end of the first day of shooting, as he spoke virtually no English and so could not work effectively with Neal Sundstrom. Arledge Armenaki took over the role, despite only having a limited grasp of English himself at the time, but was able to communicate adequately well with Sundstrom, allowing filming to proceed. See more »

Goofs

There was no city called "Budapest" in 1489. The cities of Buda and Pest were not merged until 1873. See more »

Quotes

The Count: Werewolf! The prophecy is fulfilled!
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Connections

Follows Howling III (1987) See more »

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The beast's anaemic return
28 February 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While not perfect, will always consider the original 'The Howling' film the best of 'The Howling' franchise, which otherwise is on the most part not a particularly good one. The original is the only one classed by me as good, and it still has a lot of wit and atmosphere with amazing effects. Things that the sequels lack generally, on top of having weak writing and acting and either going over-the-top on the camp value or taking things too seriously.

Am not going to say that the fifth film, and the fourth sequel, 'Howling V: The Rebirth' is a great film, because it isn't. Don't even class it as a particularly good one. By 'The Howling' sequels standards though, 'Howling V: The Rebirth' was surprisingly watchable, and for me it's the best since the original easily, most likely the best of the sequels and the only one of the sequels (certainly up to this point of the franchise) to be above mediocre at best. This is saying quite a fair bit, seeing as the previous sequels, as already indicated above, were way off the quality of the first film, almost like it didn't happen and like they belonged in another series. This also doesn't live up to the same quality, but there are improvements here and fewer issues compared to the previous sequels (not as big quality-wise too).

Starting with the good things, while not anything to rave about it is the best-looking of the sequels, although the effects are limited and some of them downright awful, something that was not unexpected. Really loved the Gothic atmosphere and setting, reasonably well-designed, atmospheric, made the most of and was suitably eerie. The music score was also a big improvement here, there were some genuinely haunting moments that didn't compromise the mood or discord with it, it appealed to the ears, wasn't used too obviously and it at least fitted.

There are some well-timed shocks and unsettling moments, and of the sequels in my mind 'Howling V: The Rebirth' is the best paced. It didn't leave me as bored and wasn't as aimless and padded as the other sequels, the story also not as thin. Unlike before and since, there is not an overload of camp like there was in the second and third films, yet the film didn't take itself too seriously like the fourth did.

On the other hand, apart from a decent Phil Davis the acting is very subpar. Elizabeth She's expressionless-ness badly sticks out. The characters have no development and not enough personality (less of them may have helped), though at least the way they behave doesn't annoy as much as feared. The film does take too long to get going perhaps, and a lot of it lacks any kind of surprise. Did find the outcome quite predictable and thought it also could have been explained much better, it got lost on me a bit.

'Howling V: The Rebirth' is rather short-changed when it comes to the werewolf action, which is criminally underused and seen too briefly and without much atmosphere of any kind when it does appear. The more humorous elements came over as out of place and incorporated awkwardly, in terms of overall quality too in this regard it does lack the wit of that of the first film. Tension, creepiness and suspense is nowhere near enough and only comes in spurts, better than the previous sequels admittedly but still underwhelming.

In conclusion, heavily flawed and anaemic, but actually better than expected and surprisingly watchable considering the general standard of the franchise after the first film. 5/10


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