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Howling V: The Rebirth

by on Feb.11, 2010, under Daily Review

This one is basically a reboot of the series. A new history, backbone and plot setup for the grounding of things to come. Forget all that has gone before, here we start again. Set in Hungary, a select few are invited to stay in a remote castle for an unknown reason. Non of the guests are familiar. They are met by the Count who has planned this event. As the evening unfolds, guests begin going missing, slaughtered, It’s explained that all are descendants to the original inhabitants of the Castle, 500 years prior, and all have a birthmark. One by one the guest fall as it becomes apparent that one of them is a werewolf.

Neal Sundstrom Directs and does a fine job with a very small budget. The location helps; the castle looking stunning and atmospheric, carrying the film. The Plot is quite fun too, very Agatha Christie, ‘And Then There Were None.’ Elizabeth She does a great job as the leading role in this tale as Marylou Summers and also with an interesting performance from the brilliant Phillip Davis looking very young here as Count Istvan, although in dreadful 80’s attire which I’m sure wasn’t even in fashion when this film was made. Effects are none existant really, but this isn’t a bad thing. When the budget can’t stretch, don’t bother and focus on the plot at atmosphere and that’s exactly how Sundstrom makes this work. Good stuff.

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