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Howling IV : The Original Nightmare [DVD] (1988)

2.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Antony Hamilton, Susanne Severeid, Lamya Derval
  • Directors: John Hough
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Prism Leisure
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sept. 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000649KL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,330 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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You gotta love a movie which is both a sequel and remake in one foul swoop and actually has the nerve to honour itself with the word ''original'' in the title. Yes folks, we are back in 1980s 'Howling' sequel territory and as is customary with these movies, things ain't pretty...

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.
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I was forced to give this movie one star, since it is impossible to give less.
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.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2014
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Back in 1976 as a wee boy I committed an act of youthful vandalism and readily managed to get one of my young pals blamed for it. On the 28th March 2014 I watched Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, this was an act of such cunning punishment I believe I was being paid back for my youthful misadventure. The Lord does indeed move in mysterious ways!

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
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A change of Director brings with it A change of mood and style,but this does not suddenly make all memory of the last Two instalments go away(Im talking sequel wise and not including the Legendary Original).The pace with this One is Slightly on par (And I do Mean slightly) with the whole Woman in Peril theme of part 1.A Young Writer Troubled by Visions of Nuns and Wolves,blames it on stress and move to the Countryside with Her Husband,but the Calm surroundings do not tame the Savage Beast and the Visions become more real.The Problem is that in amongst this half decent beginning is a Slow,Dragging Tale which never finds its footing and sadly joins the rest in this "Jumped The Wolf" Series.
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Jumping the shark just isnt the word, this movie falls flat on its hairy face. I loved the original though it could not outsnarl An American Werewolf in London (not Paris.) This sequel to one of the best werewolf movie ever is utter pump, the story is rubbish and it does its very best to insult its audience by showering us with crap acting, unrealistic character and lets face it, really rubbish effects. Again the first movie was known for its groundbreaking effects and tried their best to outshine An American Werewolf but at least they tried...

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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