The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare

by on Feb.10, 2010, under Daily Review

Back to basics sequel, trying to make everyone forget about parts 2 & 3, this film has little to do with the rest of the whole series really, apart from werewolves living out in the American countryside. Directed by John Hough, famous for Twins of Evil, this is not a great film, but it’s not bad, feeling more like a TV movie with poor effects and average acting although based on the original novel by Gary Brandner, a more faithful adaptation than the original Howling, based on the same novel.

Marie, (Romy Windsor) an author heads out to the countryside to stay in a small town, Drakho to re-invigorate her life although this small town is not what it first seems, the curse of the wolf shadows all. It’s a slow film with poor characters. Apart from that, there isn’t much to say. It was a waste of time really, trying to remake the novel and it’s the perfect example as to how to adapt a script from a novel, rather than just shot a film of the book. You would have though Hough would have known better.

Michael T Weiss and Lamya Derval are the best of the bunch from an acting point of view, with Romy Windsor carrying the film for the most part. The effects, as mentioned earlier are pretty bad. There is a huge transformation sequence, bubbling and steaming, as the flesh falls from the body to reveal a corpse which then transforms into a wolf. It’s all very odd, especially the final freeze frame which seems to last ages; a highlight,  that would have looked brilliant on the big screen.


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