Howling IV : The Original Nightmare [DVD] (1988)
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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare is a 1988 direct-to-video horror film. It is a sequel to The Howling, and was directed by John Hough, with stars Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Antony Hamilton & Susanne Severeid.
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After author Marie Adams (a perpetually flummoxed Romy Windsor) experiences visions of a nun (hey, it happens to me all of the time) and near nervous breakdown, she is sent by her doctor to the small town of Drago along with her husband Richard (Michael T. Weiss) who sports a fetching drawn-on beard. From here on in, there be werewolves in them thar hills as Richard first gets seduced by local town hussy Eleanor (Lamya Derval) and transformed into a hairy beast which obviously puts a real dampener on his marriage to Marie. Luckily she finds an ally in the form of Janice (Susanne Severeid) and together they face the werewolf horde in an explosive finale which really makes the fur fly. Kinda.
To suggest this movie is 'good' or even 'passable' would be a severe misjudgment. From the appalling post production sound issues to the lacklustre acting, what we have here is a ropey sequel made by people who should know better. Director John Hough has made some fairly decent movies in the past (Twins of Evil, Watcher in the Woods) so one can only wonder what went awry here: Sure, the budget is obviously low and the make up effects seem to consist of a member of the crew holding a piece of fur up to the camera - but even then, that doesn't necessarily hurt a picture. The problems here are evident throughout (even the opening credits song grates) but saying that, I have to admit: It has a ''so bad its good'' charm.Read more ›
The title of the movie basically says it all -- I howled after watching it (frustrated that I had actually spent money on it), and it WAS a nightmare to watch, sadly not original in the least. The movie reeks of the first movie, "The Howling", so much that anybody who has seen the first movie should be warned against watching this one.
My biggest grievances with this movie are:
1. The plot reminds way too much of the first movie. That may be fine, if done well, only it isn't. There is no suspense to speak of, I had trouble fighting off drowsiness.
2. There is no real sense of horror or dread invoked in the viewer. The story is very much predictable. Again, having seen the first movie lets you know in advance how things will unfold.
3. The special effects are far, far less impressive than those in the first movie. "Boring" doesn't begin to sum it up.
4. I found it difficult, nay, impossible to care about any of the characters in the movie. I actually found myself rooting for the monsters, just so this travesty would come to an end.
To anybody who likes good werewolf movies: do yourself a favour and buy "An American Werewolf in London", or if you haven't done so, snap up "The Howling". Those are two good movies. This one is a shallow rip-off, one not worth the money.
So this one is closer to Gary Brandner's source material, but that doesn't excuse what a bad film it is. Basically it's a reworking of the original classic Joe Dante film from 1981, shifting the locale doesn't fool anyone, what follows barely registers as a Werewolf movie, let alone as a piece of entertainment. Acting is out of a Kinder Egg and the direction equally so. Justin Hayward's theme song is decent, and Godfrey A. Godar's colour toning for his photography is pleasingly appropriate, but this really only serves as punishment cinema.
So, Robert, I'm sorry for 1976, you can consider your revenge well and truly enacted. Please consider the matter closed and don't summon up any more films like this for me to suffer. 2/10
If you want a half decent sequel out of this series of big bad sequels (note the word "bad"!!!) I will suggest watching Howling: Freaks! it is one of the better sequels though again suffers from poor FX but the acting is better and the story doesnt try to poo all over the original. Howling 7! dont get me started on that one.
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Dreadful. There is nothing else that can be said. It's not at all scary; it's badly written, and the acting is even worse. Don't bother.Published 19 months ago by The Great Sarcasmo
I've read elsewhere that this film is a faithful adaptation of the book all these films are based on. Which is fair enough I can imagine the book being a very good read. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2011 by Odie
This movie was called the Original Nightmare as it was supposed to be based more on the original story "The Howling" by Gary Brandner. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2010 by Azz McMahon
I think this film is great and not as bad as other people say.If you have read the book you will no that this is a much closer film to the books plot than the howling 1. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2009 by Adam Fox
I have been a huge fan of the "HOWLING" series and part 4 is the best of the sequels. A good, solid cast and storyline. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2008 by Neil B