Although Gary Brandner, author of The Howling novels, co-wrote the screenplay, the Howling II film is largely unrelated to his Howling II novel from 1979, though it does introduce Eastern European customs and Romani into its werewolf mythology like the book.Ben White (Reb Brown) attends the funeral of his sister, journalist Karen White, the heroine of the previous film.Ben meets both Jenny Templeton (Annie Mc Enroe), one of Karen's colleagues, and Stefan Crosscoe (Christopher Lee), a mysterious interloper who tells him Karen was a werewolf.
MY CALL: Since The Howling (1981), it seems that this franchise has forever lost its way along with its impact. Second best would be The Howling (1981), which takes itself quite seriously.
IF YOU LIKE THIS WATCH: Well, if you’re in the market for a great werewolf movie that has a sense of humor, then see An American Werewolf in London (1981)–hands down the best werewolf movie ever made!
Another fun one is Cursed (2005), which is loaded with clichés and honors many past horror flicks.
If you want another utterly ridiculous werewolf movie, then move on to Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985) and Howling 3: The Marsupials (1987).
Howling V: The Rebirth (1989) was a better horror movie than parts 2, 3 or 4, but less entertaining that parts 2 or 3.
But you should really avoid Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) and The Howling Reborn (2011) unless you’re one of those totalists who need to see everything like me.Ian, cursed with lycanthropy, wanders into a small town and is only welcomed by a local minister and his underage daughter who really likes him.During a date with this 17 year old, Ian bumps into a traveling carnival freak show run by a shady Brit named Harker (Bruce Payne; Warlock III: Armageddon, Highlander: Endgame), who seems to be some sort of warlock-vampire. A lot of effort is made to build up the characters, but I came to this carnival for a horror flick, not a drama–more Killer Klowns from Outer Space than Water for Elephants.He is meant to be menacing, but I’m really not feeling it. But a drama is more of what I got, and it is hardly carried by this D-list acting troupe. This werewolf turns out looking like a member of Twisted Sister during an overdose and shares too much I common with a bad horror vampire to be taken seriously.He looks like a bearded, long-haired reaper from Blade II or one of those baggy-eyed ghoul-vampires in Subspecies or Dusk ’til Dawn.Whatever the case, if this wasn’t a werewolf movie I ‘d probably need someone to explain to me what he was supposed to be. Terrible transformation scene, terrible looking werewolf, awkward canine legs; WEREWOLF-FAIL!