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No terror on this journey
Of ‘The Howling’ franchise, the best of the films will always be the first by some considerable distance. While not perfect, it’s the only one classed by me as good, still having a lot of wit and atmosphere with amazing effects. Don’t consider the numerous sequels (seen as part of a franchise completest quest) completely disposable, but all of them have major problems and are nowhere near close to being as good, suffering primarily from looking cheap, poorly written and acted and either being far too silly from taking the camp to extremes or being too serious.
Didn’t care at all for the previous two sequels, which suffered from all the above problems bar the being too serious one, the excessive campiness and cheapness indicating films made by people who had completely forgotten seemingly what was good about ‘The Howling’. It is hard to say whether ‘Howling IV’ is better or worse than the previous two instalments, in my mind they are as very bad as each other in their own way. Sure ‘Howling IV’ is one of the more faithful ‘Howling’ films to the source material, as has been mentioned frequently here, and it does try to take itself more seriously compared to the previous two sequels with the daftness and campiness being nowhere near as strong.
Sadly, all of this should have made ‘Howling IV’ a superior film but it is an instance of being more faithful not being a good thing. Have actually found this a lot in the past, when a re-make or another version of a book etc. is made that is more faithful in some way but in translation loses what made the previous version(s) so memorable on its own terms or doesn’t have the same amount of impact. That was one of ‘Howling IV’s’ biggest issues, it completely lacks the wit and atmosphere of ‘The Howling’ and has the opposite problem of the previous two sequels of being completely bland and taking itself too seriously. For most of the film, there is absolutely no tension or suspense and what little there is of the story is meandering, contrived and with nothing to it. On top of the first quarter of an hour being rather rushed, on the most part ‘Howling IV’ takes far too long to get going with interminably sloggy pacing, often uneventful stoytelling and too much emphasis on very talky and utterly uninteresting melodrama passing for dialogue and drama.
The acting from a largely unknown cast is better not going into too much detail because there isn’t really much acting going on to warrant talking about. Not one redeeming cast member and they are all as bad as each other that giving an award for who fared worst of all would be hard. ‘Howling IV’ on the most part looks cheap, with editing that really lacks flow and feels slapped together while the camera work is chaotic and the lighting dreary. Most of the effects are slapdash at best and they and any gore are used gratuitously, despite being present much less than in the previous two films. The werewolves are criminally underused and are not scary at all while the direction has no character, style or pace.
What does redeem ‘Howling IV’ a little are a few things. It does pick up a little in the last twenty minutes, where there is a little fun and well-timed genuine shocks (too far and between) that come far too late. A few of the effects are decent and a little credit is due for them not being overused or being as bad-looking as in ‘Howling II’ and ‘III’.
Likewise with the music, which is a lot less intrusive or inappropriately cheap here with a nice enough main theme that doesn’t grate.
So all in all, a mess and far from terrifying but with a few merits. 3/10 Bethany Cox
“You’ve got to admit this does look like a dog’s head.” I thought it was OK.
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare tells the tale of Los Angeles based author Marie Adams (Romy Windsor) who has a deadline looming but has also been suffering from bad dreams & hallucinations of a mysterious nun, after a public breakdown her doctor advises her husband Richard (Michael T. Weiss) to take her on a break, a complete rest form work. Richard agrees & rents a cottage just outside a small town called Drago, once there the place seems perfect, beautiful idyllic scenery & pleasant townsfolk. However Marie’s opinion soon changes as her visions continue & she is terrified by constant howling at night. One day a nun named Janice (Susanne Severeid) visits Marie & tells her about her friend sister Ruth (Megan Kruskal) who was found in the area wondering the woods rambling incoherently, sister Ruth died shortly after & Janice is determined to discover the truth. Janice then mentions that sister Ruth talked about hearing howling noises which peaks Marie’s interest & she decides to help Janice in her search for answers. As Marie & Janice investigate they uncover some dark secrets that townsfolk of Drago would rather keep hidden & are prepared to kill to do so…
This English production was directed by John Hough & Howling IV: The Original Nightmare was the fourth entry in the Howling series of films which currently number seven, I can’t say it’s a particularly good good film but at least it’s 100 times better than the dire Howling: New Moon Rising (1995) which was about as much fun as being anally raped with a large vegetable. The script by Clive Turner & Freddie Rowe is based on the Howling novels by Gary Brandner takes itself extremely seriously & for the most part is pretty slow going for about 70 minutes with virtually no indication that this film is indeed about Werewolves, one is neither seen nor the word Werewolf mentioned for over an hour. The film builds itself up as a mystery with the events that surround sister Ruth & Marie’s visions dominating proceedings. Talking of Marie’s visions they are never explained fully, are they hallucinations? Are they visions of past events? Are they psychic images or just her imagination? Don’t expect to find out. Also why does Richard change his story at the end from being bitten by a large wolf to falling down a gully? I found the story decent, I’d have liked some proper attack scenes but the mystery elements actually kept me watching through to the end, it ain’t the best film ever but I found it watchable if nothing else.
Director Hough doesn’t distinguish himself, the film feels like it was made-for-TV & while Howling IV: The Original Nightmare doesn’t suffer from that indignity it has the dubious honour of going straight-to-video & you can see why. Notorious producer Harry Alan Towers broke anti-apartheid sanctions to film it in South Africa on the cheap & the location makes for a poor California. Forget about any gore, a few bites, a decapitated dog’s head & a really impressive special effect where a man graphically melts & from the resulting puddle of goo a Werewolf emerges, I’m not sure why but it’s a cool scene anyway.
Technically Howling IV: The Original Nightmare is OK, it’s a bit flat & forgettable although a few of the special effects are pretty good. The acting isn’t great but it’s OK.
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare isn’t anything special, until the last 20 odd minutes you’d never know you were watching a Werewolf film. It tries to build an air of mystery but the problem is you know you’re watching a film called Howling IV: The Original Nightmare which is a sequel in a series of film all about Werewolves so when they finally do make an appearance it’s far from surprising. Too slow for most I’d have thought, probably best to give this one a miss, not the worst Howling film but by no means the best either.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Director John Hough, Clive Turner
Writer Gary Brandner (based on the novels “The Howling I, II, & III” by), Clive Turner (story by), Clive Turner (screenplay by), Freddie Rowe (screenplay by)
Actors Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Antony Hamilton, Susanne Severeid
Country UK, USA
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Matrix Surround
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm