The Howling

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Though it works well enough as a werewolf thriller (not, admittedly, a genre packed with masterpieces), Dante's film—which has TV reporter Wallace seeking therapy with bizarre consciousness-raising group “The Colony” after a traumatic incident involving a serial killer—succeeds best as a witty, knowing commentary on the genre itself. References to lycanthropic lore, literature and cinema abound; gags are plentiful; and the whole thing casts a pleasingly sceptical glance at various social fashions and fads of the times. Hardly surprising, given Dante's irreverent sense of humour and the fact that the film was co-written by John Sayles.

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Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday April 3 1981
Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joe Dante
Screenwriter: Terence H Winkless, John Sayles
Cast: Patrick Macnee
Dee Wallace
Belinda Balaski
Christopher Stone
Dennis Dugan
John Carradine
Slim Pickens
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