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Unleashing the Beast: Making 'The Howling' (2003)

Retrospective documentary on the making of the 1981 horror movie "The Howling."


Jeffrey Schwarz


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Credited cast:
David Allen ... Himself (archive footage)
Susan Arnold Susan Arnold ... Herself (archive footage)
Belinda Balaski ... Herself
Paul Bartel ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Dante ... Himself
Michael Finnell Michael Finnell ... Himself (as Mike Finnell)
John Hora John Hora ... Himself
Patrick Macnee ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Miller ... Himself
Robert Picardo ... Himself
Robert Rehme ... Himself (archive footage)
John Sayles ... Himself
Dee Wallace ... Herself (as Dee Wallace-Stone)


Retrospective documentary on the making of the 1981 horror movie "The Howling."

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26 August 2003 (USA) See more »

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Automat Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the Special Edition DVD for The Howling (1981), released in 2003. See more »


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Reliving The Howling
1 May 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Unleashing the Beast: Making The Howling (2003)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This five-part documentary was included with the Special Edition DVD release of THE HOWLING back in 2003. At just under 50-mintues, the documentary is broken down into five parts with Joe Dante, Dee Wallace Stone, Belinda Balaski, John Hora, Michael Finnell, Robert Picardo, John Sayles and Dick Miller being interviewed about the making of the film. It's clear that no one involved thought they'd be discussing the movie twenty years after it was released but the film has stood the test of time and remains a cult classic today even though it constantly has to go into debates among fans whether it or AN American WEREWOLF IN London is better. The documentary covers how Dante was able to get the film made (he walked from JAWS 3 PEOPLE 0) and how little money and time they actually had. Dee Wallace Stone, who seems a tad bit "off" at times, talks about how she got involved and how she also managed to get her then fiancé hired. The fourth part of the documentary takes a look at the special effects and how they were created. We hear about how Dante had to go back to the studio and ask for extra money so that additional effects could be done and we even get to see some animation that was eventually left out of the film. Dante is also great to listen to because he's got a great knowledge about previous movies so hearing him discuss earlier werewolf movies was fun and hearing Sayles talk about the various in-jokes was also great. Other subjects include the surprise hit the film became and Dante even talks a little about the various sequels that would follow. If you're a fan of THE HOWLING then this documentary offers up quite a bit of information about the making and it's always nice seeing the people involved with the film two decades later.

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