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Howl (2015)

Not Rated | | Horror , Thriller | 16 October 2015 (UK)
When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.

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Paul Hyett
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Ed Speleers ... Joe
Holly Weston ... Ellen
Shauna Macdonald ... Kate
Elliot Cowan ... Adrian
Amit Shah ... Matthew
Sam Gittins ... Billy
Rosie Day ... Nina
Duncan Preston Duncan Preston ... Ged
Ania Marson ... Jenny
Calvin A. Dean Calvin A. Dean ... Paul (as Calvin Dean)
Brett Goldstein ... David
Sean Pertwee ... Driver
Ryan Oliva ... Lead Werewolf - Scar
Robert Nairne ... Female Werewolf - Hunchback
Ross Mullan ... Lead Female Werewolf - Blonde
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When passengers on a train are attacked by a creature, they must band together in order to survive until morning.

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Last train. Full moon. All change.

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Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Uivo See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£1,000,000 (estimated)
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Starchild Pictures See more »
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2.35 : 1
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The werewolves in this film had more of a human appearance rather than that of a wolf. See more »

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When Matthew is walking about in the woods, about three or four low spotlights or lenses are visible in the distance. See more »

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"No werewolves were harmed in the making of this film" See more »

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Dancing Round The Room
Performed by Sweet Beats
Written by Daniel Castles
© Aim Records
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An ordinary horror about werewolves. Although physically they look slightly different ....
19 December 2016 | by peterp-450-298716See all my reviews

Read the title of this horror and you know already what it's about anyway. Nothing like a good werewolf movie from time to time. Although there's still a certain shortage of decent films when it comes to this genre. The last (for me personally) successful werewolf movie that I watched, was "Wer". On the other hand you'll see some abominably bad attempts like "Wolves" and "Night Wolf". "Howl", a movie from the UK, may not be as good as "An American Werewolf in London", but still managed to surprise me. And although it's a low-budget film, you can say that the look of the creatures terrorizing the passengers of the stranded train was successful. Probably the used anatomy will ensure a bit of protest by the followers of the genre, because it seemed like a mix of a wolf and the creature from "Splice." But that first attack with a bloody close-up took my breath away. Brilliant makeup and special effects. They looked at least less ridiculous than the furry creatures of "Late Phases" (a movie in which the acting impressed) with their ears decorated with tassels.

The progress of "Howl" is well considered and balanced. First a comprehensive introduction of all the characters. The middle section with the threatening situation they find themselves in. Followed by the final confrontation with the necessary victims and a predictable turn. Don't be surprised when some of the individuals make some stupid decisions again. However, the end might be a little surprising. Unfortunately, the look of the night creatures, when you can admire them in full regalia, isn't so convincing or frightening. To be honest they looked like individuals who returned from some kind of masked ball. But believe me, the first confrontation was bloody and ruthless. Sheer aggression focused on the terrible creature that struck in a deadly and gruesome way shortly before.

Not only the suspense and tension was a positive element in this film. The performances were enjoyable. A collection of colorful characters displaying that typical reserved British attitude. It surprised me they weren't having a tea break while being attacked by those animals. First, there's Joe (Ed Speleers), an undervalued train guard, whose life is an accumulation of setbacks and adversities. He is despised by colleagues and passengers see him as an incapable figure. His colleague Ellen (Holly Weston) ignores his romantic moves. Kate (Shauna Macdonald) hated Joe the first instance after she had to pay for a new ticket. Adrian (Elliot Cowan) is a cocky guy who in the end just tries to save his own neck. Nina (Rosie Day) is a spoiled brat. And then there's this elderly couple, who won't hide their outrage about the delay, a nerd-like young boy (Amit Shah), an engineer in the making (Sam Gittins) and an obese, lazy football player (Calvin Dean). The introduction sometimes is comical and highly recognizable.

Not only the werewolves provide for the eerie atmosphere. But also the location where the train gets stuck with its dark woods and the typical English fog banks, create a creepy mood. The origin of the creatures isn't explained in detail. Only the older man is aware of other mythical stories about broken down trains and passengers disappearing or being found in a pitiful state. But otherwise, you can only guess where these fast-paced, immensely strong and bloodthirsty creatures come from. Despite being a typical B-movie and the fact that I thought Paul Hyett's film "The seasoning house" was slightly better, this film is worthwhile to give it a try. It's not a top film with werewolves as subject, but it certainly is a movie that can compete with the better ones in this genre.

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