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THE HOWLING

Director Joe Dante
Year 1981
Starring Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Belinda Balaski
Rating R
Run Time 91min
More Info IMDb

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Dee Wallace (E.T.'s pal, CUJO's nemesis) is a television news anchor in Los Angeles. But she's also being stalked by a serial killer. After an elaborate trap is set for the killer in a porno theater, Wallace loses her memory. Then her therapist suggests that she and her husband visit "The Colony," a wooded resort for people with problems. Some of those problems might involve sex. And werewolves. And werewolves and sex. THE HOWLING joins THE WOLF MAN (1941) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON as one of the most triumphant werewolf movies of all time. It's sleazy, smart, and completely self-obsessed all over. It's also the only movie in history to reference nine werewolf movies during its opening credits. But that makes sense. From THE MOVIE ORGY to GREMLINS, director Joe Dante has proven himself to be a master at transforming genre pastiche into peerless entertainment. THE HOWLING is one of several culminations of Dante's talent, a fresh composite of mood, suspense, and "adults only" fun. It's a perfect complement to the Halloween season. If you don't care about any of that, there are also cool werewolves in this movie. (Joseph A. Ziemba)

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