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After assisting the police in capturing "Eddie", a serial killer who had been preying on the homeless, news anchor Karen White needs a rest and at her psychiatrist's suggestion heads to The Colony, his own clinic. Her role in capturing Eddie had been quite traumatic and Karen can't picture his face. Once at the clinic however, strange events lead her to believe that her life is in danger. What she does not realize is that the clinic is located near a den of werewolves.
Imagine your worst fear a reality
Title: Howling, The
Release Date: March 13, 1981
Runtime: 91 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery
Languages: English, Spanish
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Buried.com Rating: 7.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: R
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 Quist
Robert Picardo ...Eddie Quist
Margie Impert ...Donna
Noble Willingham ...Charlie Barton
James Murtaugh ...Jerry Warren
Jim McKrell ...Lew Landers
Kenneth Tobey ...Older Cop
Don McLeod ...T.C. Quist
Dick Miller ...Walter Paisley - Bookstore Owner
Steve Nevil ...young Cop
Herbie Braha ...Porno Cashier (as Herb Braha)
Joe Bratcher ...Radio Man
Bill Sorrells ...Kline
Meshach Taylor ...Shantz (as Mesach Taylor)
Ivan Saric ...Jack Molina
Sarina C. Grant ...Hooker (as Sarina Grant)
Chico Martinez ...Man on Street
Daniel Nunez ...Liquor Cashier (as Daniel Nunez)
Michael O'Dwyer ...Drunk
Wendell Wright ...Man at Bar
Forrest J Ackerman ...Bookstore Customer
Robert A. Burns ...Porn store patron
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Daniel H. Blatt
Steven A. Lane
Terence H. Winkless
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- Imagine your worst fear a reality
- Bookstore owner: [On how to kill werewolves] Silver bullets or fire, that's the only way to get rid of the damn things. They're worse than cock-a-roaches.
Chris: Eddie? Eddie Quist: You know me, but I don't know you. Why is that?
Eddie Quist: Don't you know anything?
Eddie Quist: I'm gonna give you a piece of my mind. I trusted you, Karen. [He proceeds to pull a piece of brain out of a bullet hole in his head]
Erle Kenton: You can't tame what's meant to be wild, doc. It just ain't natural.
- The following characters are named after werewolf movie directors: George Waggner, Roy William Neill, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Erle C. Kenton, Sam Newfield, Charles Barton, Jerry Warren, Lew Landers, and Jacinto Molina (an alternate name used by Paul Naschy).
In the scene where Terri calls Christopher from Dr. Waggner's office, we see a picture of Lon Chaney Jr. on the wall. Chaney played the Wolf Man in five movies (The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). He is the only actor that played a Universal monster in the original film and all of its sequels.
To add to the hidden puns throughout this film, there is a book placed near a phone during one scene: Allen Ginsberg's "Howl".
This film and Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) (V) are both based on the same novel by Gary Brandner. Interestingly, "Howling IV: The Original Nightmare" actually represents the more faithful adaptation of the book than this film does.
In line with other "wolf" puns in the film, the book Bill is reading in bed is "You Can't Go Home Again" by Thomas Wolfe,
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