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The Howling

91 min
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Joe Dante
2 wins & 2 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1981-04-10
Filming Locations: Westlake Village, California, USA
Budget: $1,000,000
Gross: $17,986,000 (USA) Filming Dates May 1980 -  June 1980 Copyright Holder © 1980 AVCO Embassy Pictures Corp. Related Links
Patrick Macnee
Patrick Macnee
The Howling
Dee Wallace
Karen White
Dennis Dugan
Christopher Stone
R. William 'Bill' Neill
Belinda Balaski
Terry Fisher
Kevin McCarthy
Fred Francis
John Carradine
Erle Kenton
Slim Pickens
Sam Newfield
Elisabeth Brooks
Marsha Quist
Robert Picardo
Eddie Quist
Margie Impert
Noble Willingham
Charlie Barton
James Murtaugh
Jerry Warren
Jim McKrell
Lew Landers
Kenneth Tobey
Older Cop
Don McLeod
T.C. Quist
Dick Miller
Walter Paisley - Bookstore Owner
Steve Nevil
Young Cop
Herbie Braha
Porno Cashier (as Herb Braha)
Joe Bratcher
Radio Man
Bill Sorrells
Meshach Taylor
Shantz (as Mesach Taylor)
Ivan Saric
Jack Molina
Sarina C. Grant
Hooker (as Sarina Grant)
Chico Martínez
Man on Street
Daniel Núñez
Liquor Cashier (as Daniel Nunez)
Michael O'Dwyer
Wendell Wright
Man at Bar
Forrest J Ackerman
Bookstore Customer (uncredited)
Robert A. Burns
Porn store patron (uncredited)
Roger Corman
Man in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Robert Hammond
Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Jensen
TV Sports Announcer (uncredited)
Jonathan Kaplan
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
John Sayles
Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Beverly Warren
Extra (uncredited)
Bill Warren
Extra (uncredited)
Did you know?
Dee Wallace was very uncomfortable in the porn shop scene. The discomfort on her face can be clearly seen.
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In the scene where Terri calls Chris from Dr. Waggner's office, we see a picture of Lon Chaney Jr. on the wall. Chaney played the Wolf Man in five movies (The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). He is the only actor that played a Universal monster in the original film and all of its sequels.
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Forrest J Ackerman:  Uncredited, as a bookstore customer in the book shop carrying a copy of his magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland".
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When Chris arrives at the colony in his Mazda, you hear the tires squeal, but his car is on the grass, not the cement.
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When Terry is in Dr. Waggner's office talking to Chris on the phone, there is an over-the-shoulder shot of Chris. Just before it cuts back to Terry in the office, a crew-member's shadow is visible moving toward Chris.
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Werewolf Eddie needed to press the Play and Record button at the same time to record Terry's attack. But only the Play button was pressed down.
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Man at End of Bar: Hey Ernie? Put that pepper steak on for me, will ya? And a hamburger for the lady. Ernie: How do ya want that? Man at End of Bar: How you want it, honey? Marsha Quist: [smiles] Rare.
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Dr. George Waggner: Repression. Repression is the father of neurosis, of self-hatred. Now, stress results when we fight against our impulses. We've all heard people talk about animal magnetism, the natural man. the noble savage, as if we'd lost something valuable in our long evolution into civilized human beings. Now there's a good reason for this.
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Fred Francis: [on the phone after Karen freezes during a newscast] Who knows? Maybe she's pregnant. Listen, get in touch with that Fujiama, Fujimoto, or whatever the hell her name is and get her ready for the 11:00 report.
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What is 'The Howling' about?
After a near fatal encounter with a serial killer, Los Angeles' KDHB-TV news anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace) emerges with no memory of what actually happened to her. Subsequently, she and husband Bill Neill (Christopher Stone) are invited by her psychiatrist, Doctor George Waggner (Patrick Macnee) to undergo group therapy at the 'Colony', his private rehab center isolated in the northern California woods. However, the strange people and the howling at night puts Karen on edge, so she asks her KDHB colleagues, Terry (Belinda Balaski) and Chris (Dennis Dugan), to join her. Terry uncovers evidence of werewolves and is killed by one. Meanwhile, Bill has begun meeting the Colony nymphomaniac, Marsha Quist (Elisabeth Brooks), for werewolf trysts in the woods.
Why did Dr. Waggner invite Karen to the Colony? She hadn't been bitten by a werewolf.
There are some deleted scenes that show the doctor had to be certain Karen didn't see Eddie change in the booth. If she had, her memory returning could blow away the secrecy of the werewolf colony.
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Photos from cast
Patrick Macnee