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The Howling

The Howling

Director: Joe Dante Cast: Dee Wallace
Dee Wallace
, Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macnee
, Dennis Dugan
Dennis Dugan
, Christopher Stone
Christopher Stone
Joe Dante
The Howling

The Howling

Director: Joe Dante Cast: Dee Wallace
Dee Wallace
, Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macnee
, Dennis Dugan
Dennis Dugan
, Christopher Stone
Christopher Stone
Joe Dante

DVD (Wide Screen)

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This groundbreaking, darkly comic horror film from director Joe Dante changed the look and feel of werewolf movies in ways light-years distant from Universal's horror classic The Wolf Man. The story begins with television reporter/anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace) taking part in a dangerous police operation intended to trap psychopath Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo). When confronted by Eddie face to face, she witnesses something horrifying enough to trigger selective amnesia. Plagued by a series of violent nightmares, Karen decides to admit herself to a posh recovery resort known only as "The Colony," run by her eccentric New Age therapist, Dr. Waggner (Patrick MacNee), and brings along her husband, Bill (Christopher Stone), for support. The night after they arrive, Karen and Bill are unnerved by eerie howling in the woods. Back in the city, Karen's co-workers Chris (Dennis Dugan) and Terry (Belinda Balaski) have been investigating Eddie's background after discovering that his body has disappeared from the morgue. Sifting through Eddie's possessions, they find a strange collection of artwork depicting wolf-like creatures, and decide to consult with Walter Paisley (Dick Miller, of course), the owner of an occult bookshop, on werewolf lore. Though he claims not to believe in the stuff he's selling, Paisley nevertheless convinces Chris to purchase a handful of silver bullets...just in case. Back at the colony, Dr. Waggner has organized a hunting party after hearing Karen's account of the nocturnal howling, but the men find nothing but a rabbit, which Bill is told to bring to the cabin of the sultry Marsha (Elisabeth Brooks) to prepare for dinner. After resisting Marsha's less-than-subtle sexual overtures, Bill is attacked by a wolf while returning to his cabin. The following moonlit night, the sleepless Bill wanders outside to find Marsha waiting and the two make love by the campfire, their bodies undergoing a frightening transformation. Just as Karen is beginning to suspect that her husband is hiding a secret far more threatening than marital infidelity, Chris and Terry have come to realize -- too late, in Terry's case -- that Eddie Quist is not only still alive, but not quite human...and he knows he's being followed. Chris arrives at the colony too late to save Terry, but manages to find Karen just as the colony's residents -- all of whom are werewolves, including Dr. Waggner -- are assembling to decide her fate. Dante fills his film with heartfelt homages to The Wolf Man and other classic horror movies, as well as a few clever visual puns and in-jokes from his tenure with Roger Corman, but never strays from the path to genuine horror, particularly when Rob Bottin's chilling monsters are onscreen.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2013
UPC: 0826663140750
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 15,763

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Joe Dante and actors Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone and Robert Picardo; Unleashing the beast: the making of The Howling Multi-part documentary; Deleted scenes and outtakes; making of a monster: inside The Howling documentary; Horror's hallowed grounds - a look at the film's locations; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dee Wallace Karen White
Patrick MacNee Dr. George Waggner
Dennis Dugan Chris
Christopher Stone R. William "Bill" Neill
Belinda Balaski Terry Fisher
Kevin McCarthy Fred Francis
John Carradine Erle Kenton
Slim Pickens Sam Newfield
Elisabeth Brooks Marsha
Margie Impert Donna
Noble Willingham Charlie Barton
James Murtaugh Jerry Warren
Jim McKrell Lew Landers
Kenneth Tobey Older Cop
Don McLeod T.C.
Steve Nevil Young Cop
Herb Braha Actor
Joe Bratcher Radio Man
James MacKrell Actor
Dick Miller Walter Paisley
Robert Picardo Eddie
Bill Sorrells Kline
Meshach Taylor Shantz
Chico Martinez Man on Street
Michael O'Dwyer Drunk
Wendell Wright Man at Bar
Bruce Barbour Stunt Player
Marneen Fields Stunt Player
John Moio Stunt Player
Forrest J. Ackerman Bookstore Customer (Uncredited)
Roger Corman Man in Phone (uncredited)
John Sayles Morgue Attendant (Uncredited)
Sarina Grant Hooker

Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director,Editor
David Allen Special Effects
Daniel H. Blatt Executive Producer
Rob Bottin Associate Producer,Makeup Special Effects
Jack Buehler Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert A. Burns Art Director
Jack Conrad Producer
Jack Cummins Asst. Director
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Michael Finnell Producer
Roger George Special Effects
Mark Goldblatt Editor
John Hora Cinematographer
Steve Lane Executive Producer
Steven G. Legler Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
John Sayles Screenwriter
Robert Singer Producer
David C. Thomas Production Manager
Gigi Williams Makeup
Terence H. Winkless Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Howling
1. Chapter 1 [13:25]
2. Chapter 2 [7:09]
3. Chapter 3 [7:36]
4. Chapter 4 [8:22]
5. Chapter 5 [8:58]
6. Chapter 6 [5:25]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [4:40]
9. Chapter 9 [5:42]
10. Chapter 10 [6:37]
11. Chapter 11 [6:03]
12. Chapter 12 [4:06]
13. Chapter 13 [2:41]

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