Thursday, February 25, 2016

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

Director: John Hough

Stars: Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Antony Hamilton, Susanne Severeid

Marie is a writer who is suffering from nightmares about a werewolf and the ghost of a nun in this tepid horror feature. She and husband Richard take a vacation at a remote cabin near Drago, California in hopes Marie will relax, but her nightmares and hallucinations persist. Marie teams up with Janice, a former nun who is investigating the death of her one-time colleague. The two discover the entire town is lousy with livid lupines, and they find a church with a 16th-century bell from Romania that is tied in with the curse.

This being the fourth installment of the Howling series, they decided they should go back to the first one. The second and the third chapters were a bit off, and the first one is loved. They thought they would try to capture the feel of the original. It kind of worked. They kept to part of the story.

The cast was better in some ways. Romy Windsor as the lead came from TV movies and shows. She was not really a movie actress, and she was no Dee Wallace. Michael T. Weiss was on Days of Our Lives. They at least got a sexy furry chested-man for the lead role. Several people probably watched this movie just to see him shirtless. He made the sales and rentals happen.

The special effects went a bit downhill in this one, but I think that they are still good. One man rips his mouth open to expose his growing werewolf teeth. The look more white gray coloring to their faces than that of a more brown and black werewolf look. They just look a bit ashy.

I really do like this movie. I know it is a bit Playboy After Dark horror movie, but I still love it. I think you should at least give it a chance. You just might like it. Enjoy.

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) Trailer

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