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08.20.2017
Howling II (1985)
Movie Review by The Insane Old One
01.28.11

Howling II (1985) Kiddies, what can I say?

The original "Howling" is in my opinion one of the more entertaining horror movies out there, and is at the top of the list of werewolf movies, challenged only by "An American Werewolf In London" for my choice of best. I know sequels are seldom as good as their source material, and thus I didn't really expect much from this one...

Hoo-boy, did I underestimate.

Take terrible acting (the only exception being the fantastic Christopher Lee, and seeing him in this movie was like watching Ali fight Holmes that last time...and even his skills could not add much to this schlok-fest), bad effects shots (that were re-used and re-used and re-used), "werewolves" that looked like rejects from "Where the Wild Things Are", a script that was obviously written on the fly, and a soundtrack song that was obviously the pride of the producers for the amount that you heard it, and you get....THIS.

I've said before I like bad horror films, and I DO...and I'm certain that this movie will appeal to many...but for this to have "Howling" in the title AND feature an icon like Christopher Lee, I gotta admit, I expected a heck of a lot more from it. To me, the film seemed to start off seriously, but as it went on, it seemed that they almost intentionally fell into self-parody, culminating in the closing credits being a montage that would make "Porky's" blush (I'm of course referring to the footage of Miss Danning revealing her rather copious assets over and over and over and over again; not that this is necessarily a BAD thing, but come on! I was led to believe this was a horror film!).

If you want kitschy cheese in your horror flick, then maybe this one's a good choice for you...but if you're looking for something even CLOSE to the original, don't walk, RUN from this one.

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