Shop now Shop now Shop All Amazon Fashion Up to 70% off Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop Amazon Fire TV Shop now Shop Fire HD 6 Shop Kindle Voyage Shop now Shop Now Shop now

Customer Reviews

57
4.2 out of 5 stars
Howling: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Format: Blu-rayChange
Price:£13.32+£1.26shipping
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Howling is a werewolf film that is a little different to your average horror -- which is probably why it has endured so long. Karen White (Dee Wallace -- who every bloke went bananas over, in the day, though I thought Belinda Balaski (who plays her friend Terri) was far more "appealing" in this respect!) is a TV reporter who (whilst going undercover to try and expose a serial killer who is stalking her) survives a werewolf encounter. Because of the shock, she is invited (by her therapist -- a Christopher-Lee-like Patrick Macnnee) to recuperate at "the colony" (a spooky, woodland reserve by the seaside) where -- as you might guess -- when the moon comes out, all is not as it seems.

The acting (as was the case for the subsequent year's big werewolf film, An American Werewolf in London) is much better than you would expect in a "creature feature" and the main characters are all convincing. The atmosphere of the colony is great -- think misty trees, wood cabins and sixties (Lost-style) university buildings. Of course, any werewolf film also lives or dies on the beast itself and in this respect, The Howling is a somewhat mixed bag. It seems that the budget was saved for the later stages of the film, as before then (due to some truly awful -- at one point animated! -- effects) I was thinking this was a 2 or at most a 3 star film (nothing more than a well acted B movie, with men in hairy suits; I was wondering how I could have remembered this so fondly!). Throughout, though, there is an razor-sharp tension, that builds and builds and then suddenly erupts into the horror you were expecting from a film of this standing. When the beast emerges fully, you are left suitably terrified to realise what the fuss was all about! (Far more so than with any modern CGI Werewolf!)

Like Piranha and Gremlins, Dante's trademark dark humour is in place (though somewhat muted, in comparison, to make way for genuine tension here). There is occasional skin, but nothing to write home about (if you like that sort of thing in your horror films!) Ultimately, if you like early eighties horror films, then you will feel right at home here. The production values are somewhat mixed, but the setting is charming and atmospheric and the leads keep the storing moving, and when the terror emerges it is genuinely unsettling! If it weren't for the B-movie patchiness at times, I'd give this 5 stars, but don't let that put you off: it's still one of the best werewolf films out there (possibly competing with Ginger Snaps for second place to American Werewolf -- my opinion!) Enjoy!.....
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2012
I've never thought any werewolf movie would top the brilliance of an american werewolf in London, but this one did the job ... this is not only the best werewolf movie I've seen, its also one of the finest and most intellegent and well made horror movies I've seen, its up there with some of the best horror movies out there. Unlike other horror films the Howling offers you a scary tension that'll raise the fear level high, I've only seen a few horror films that are scary in tension this is one of them. it has a few mild laughs but some of the stuff in the film is chilling and very fun to wacthl its well though up storyline and great cast who are worthy with their acting skills, there is never a dull momment always something happening and everything is shockingly unexpected, its unpredictable and the werewolves look absolutly well polished.... unmissible watch this movie its fantastic!
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TV reporter Karen White (Scream Queen Dee Wallace!) becomes traumatised after investigative reporting leads her to a meeting in a dark room with a serial killer she knows only as "Eddie". Following their encounter (and his death thanks to the police), Karen is so traumatised she can neither remember what happened, or what she saw.

At the suggestion of a Psychiatrist (Patrick Macnee, she and her husband Bill are sent to the Colony, an experimental rural rehabilitation centre, where they meet the unusual locals such as the dark leather clad predatory Marsha and her strange animal-like brother.

Karen starts to hear howling at night, and is concerned things are not what they seem at the Colony.

Meanwhile her colleagues from work are investigating the serial killer case which leads them into more dangerous territory - werewolves!

With some spectacular special effects very cutting edge for it's time (it uses some of the technology similar to what was used in American Werewolf in London which was also released the same year as this movie) and an interesting storyline, this has survived through the ages despite it's outdated hairstyles and clothes. Definately a keeper you can watch again and again.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2015
Scrap the old dvd release's of this classic Werewolf film from 1981

Scream factory from L.A. have released this film on blu-ray with an all new High Definition transfer 1:85:1 ratio
and the picture quality does look amazingly sharp & clear, no Grain or Dirt
plus the sound quality has been boosted to a new 5.1 Master audio mix which does sound 3 times better than the old Dolby digital mix

plus Scream factory have added old & new special features carried over from the very old dvd release
UNLEASHING THE BEAST-48min retrospective Documentary
with Joe Dante, Producer Mike Finnell, Actors Dee wallace stone, Robert pircado, Belinda Balaski and other cast & crew
MAKING OF A MONSTER-Inside the Howling which is on set vintage making of featurette
DELETED SCENES & OUTTAKES with optional commentary
there's new interviews aswell
HOWLING'S INTERNAL which is an 19min interview with Executive producer Steven Lane
who talks about his involvement in the Howling and the Howling sequels that followed
CUT TO SHREDS, interview with editor Mark Goldblatt who did the editing on the Howling, 11mins
HORRORS HALLOWED GROUNDS which look at the films locations with sean clark
plus other interview featurette's aswell
plus the 2 dvd commentaries

all this content on 1 Blu-ray Disc, amazing.
the blu-ray is region A locked so you'll need ALL REGIONS player for sure
but definitley time to upgrade get this new blu-ray version of this classic Horror film
5 stars for the film, 5 stars for this blu-ray
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2010
I am a big fan of werewolf movies , the legend that tells , that a man can somehow turn into a murdering beast by the light of a full moon , has always fascinated me , ever since i seen my first werewolf movie / UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CLASSIC - THE WOLFMAN ,I was well and truly hooked

THE HOWLING is one of my all-time fav werewolf movies ,the story goes something like this , a newsreader /reporter played by DEE WALLACE tries to help the police catch a murderer / serial killer( Eddie ) ,she acts as the bait ,to lure the Eddie out into the open ,so as the police may catch him ,the murderer confronts her , and he then starts to act really really strangley , it all goes horribly wrong , and she nearly gets killed , but she escapes, she then acting on the advice of a famous psychiatrist , signs herself into to a kinda remote psychiatric hospital retreat , to recover from a suspected mental breakdown ,that breakdown was assumed to be caused by her near death experience ,now this is where the horror really begins , because all is NOT what it seems in this remote place

The SFX / TRANSFORMATION scenes are great considering this movie was made in the very early 80s / when there was NO CGI , back in the day ,the transformation scenes were only bettered by AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON , and ROBERT PICARDO who is unrecognisable in his make-up makes a real kickass bad guy /Eddie

A MUST SEE FOR ANY FAN OF WEREWOLF MOVIES - JUST BUY IT - YOU WON'T REGRET IT
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2007
A true masterpiece by Joe Dante which stands proud next to John Landis's American werewolf in London (stay away from the sequel!!!) The story of a werewolf colony trying to live in tolerence with their prey...humans! The FX are great while not quite outdoing those impressive and painful looking werewolf scenes in John Landis's werewolf classic this still stands out and awws while it scares. But please keep away from the six or seven sequels that proceeded as they really are that bad and pedestrian and I am a fan of sequels but guys these really are that crap, Howling: The Freaks and The Marcupials (did I spell that right?) are the best even though these are stupid premises...Australian werewolves with poches ala kangaroo anyone? but the little werewolf baby is cute. The Freaks has an interesting if stupid story of a sideshow of freaks and a drifter who happens to be a...wait for it, werewolf in a kind of whodunit scenario. But really, there is a reason why these sequels were never titled "THE" HOWLING 5, the reason is that even the creators of these crappy movies knew that they were crap but I suppose the bargain bin sales kept them in the pub for a little longer while Joe Dante is shaking his head wondering why the hell did he allow this to go on through 7 sequels!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2008
For as long as I've watched movies, my own personal yearning has seen me lean more towards the horror genre.

At least with a horror movie, more often than not, you will be guaranteed some form of entertainment.

Such is a case in point with this superlative lycanthropic tale based upon the best seller by Gary Brandner and co written by the kings of low budget cinema, John Sayles and Terence Winkless.

I say co-written, but as has become apparent, the script submitted by Winkless lack shall we say, that certain bite, and Sayles being the more literate of the two was drafted in to give the movie a complete transformation.

Of course being in the hands of first time director at that time, Joe Dante, would become the beloved cult classic that we know and love today.

However all things being equal, this movie's lack of success was more or less down to the much bigger hyped other lycanthrope movie being unleashed at the same time, and that movie being of course John Landis's 'An American Werewolf In London' Can we ever compare the two, perhaps not, perhaps maybe my personal choice of the two, would have me leaning towards Joe Dante's directorial debut.

I've always held a deep affection for the low budget B movie, sure enough I watched quite a few in my time, and to be truthful I have been left jaded by many.

However, the spirit that pervades this movie has carried it through the decades, and indeed this movie like so many that have since gone on to spawn a franchise has perhaps had it's reputation somewhat dragged through the mud, but this movie for me represents pure pulse pounding fun at its very best! When it comes to special effects, every artist has his or her own trademark, everyone knows that Rick Baker concocts a mean looking Gorilla, as that is his speciality, and he has carried that trend through many a movie.

Likewise, the same can be said for the work of Rob Bottin, another genius in his chosen field. If you never saw his name attached to movies like 'Legend' but you witnessed the many wonderful creations on show within the movie, you identify instantly that work you see with that of the artist who placed it all together.

This is a horror movie, that carries all before it. Great direction, groovy special effects, an eerie atmosphere that lingers throughout, a well written and literate script and best of all, a legendary list of character actors, who belong to that well cherished list of who's who in the horror world hall of fame.

Without hesitation. 10/10
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2013
The Howling is a fun 80s movie. I didn't find the film at all scary, and it's almost without blood. The effects are still very good after 30 odd years.

The cast is good and stars Dee Wallace, Christoper Stone, Patrick Macnee and the timeless Dick Miller, who cites his very small cameo as the best part he's ever played in his film career.

Whilst The Howling is not as nearly as good as I remembered as a kid, the film is still very enjoyable. Sure there are a few moments that don't fit too well, but overall it's classic 80s horror. Also it's just refreshing to see a good werewolf movie. In all honesty I don't think I could name 10 good ones.

Point of note the woman werewolf was my first ever crush- she still looks hot looking back.

You'll have a good time with this movie and it's climax. Try and avoid the dreadful sequels though.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2013
I find it odd that Amazon.co.uk feel able to offer UK customers the Region A-locked US version of Joe Dante's classic werewolf movie on import but don't have enough joined-up thinking to direct potential customers to import from their own French site where it's easily available for EUR14.99 plus shipping under its French title HURLEMENTS. It's still in English and Region B, though. Check out http://www.amazon.fr/Hurlements-Blu-ray-Dee-Wallace-Stone/dp/B0038N8TCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370195715&sr=8-1&keywords=howling

That said, am I the only one who's p**sed at UK distribs who feel that Brit consumers aren't good enough to want BDs of classic genre movies? Grrr....

A quick look through Amazon.fr shows me WESTWORLD, FLESH AND BLOOD and BLOW OUT (only previously available as a Criterion Region A premium disc). Worth checking out. Come on Amazon UK - offer us these titles too without the pain of importation.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dee Wallace and Patrick Macnee star in this genre classic about a news reporter who is drawn into a lupine world after being stalked by a hairy killer. Macnee plays a hokey psychologist who has created an island retreat for people suffering mental issues, and provides a bit of class to an otherwise forgettable cast. Classic 70s/80s schlock horror, the visceral transformations are the film’s highlight, courtesy of legendary creature effects maestro Rick Baker, while the climactic werewolf attack as the true nature of the island’s residents emerges, genuinely shocks, despite the contextual baggage and leaps in SFX four decades on.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed

Fog [Blu-ray]
Fog [Blu-ray] by Adrienne Barbeau (Blu-ray - 2008)
£7.50

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)
  -  
Find Out The Facts & Leverage Them. Demo Datamyne's Database Today