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Blu-ray Review: 'The Howling - Collector's Edition'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
June 27th, 2013 10:00am EDT

The Howling

Ready to revisit a 'hairier' time?  Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray "The Howling: Collector’s Edition" available now from Shout! Factory’s horror division Scream Factory.  The animal in us all gets reviewed below.

 

The Howling

   

   Title: "The Howling: Collector’s Edition"

   Grade: 4

   Cast: Dee Wallace-Stone, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan

   Director: Joe Dante

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 91 minutes

   Release Company: Shout! Factory Home Entertainment

   Website: www.shoutfactory.com

 

The Flick: Even though the very entertaining "The Howling" is certainly a product of its era (pure 80’s cheese!), the film is also most assuredly a Joe Dante film.  The man behind the joy of "Piranha" and the quirk of "Gremlins" here tries his hand at the werewolf genre and there’s gold within.  The amazing effects by then inspired make-up man Rob Bottin, engaging early work by Dee Wallace, Dennis Dugan (pre-directing Adam Sandler flicks!), the ever-shift Kevin McCarthy and especially early Robert Picardo, plus a tone that shifts from drama to comedy with a pinch of horror makes "The Howling" one unique film experience.

Best Feature: The featurette 'Unleashing the Beast' is a fascinating and thorough look at the making of the flick in many parts.  Everyone is talking here (love hearing from Picardo on this one!) and would have been five star stuff except the normally chatty Bottin is MIA here – what’s up with that?!

Best Hidden Gem: Again, love the 'Horror’s Hallowed Grounds' segment checking out the various locations from the flick now – fun, fun, fun.

Worth the Moola: Not just cool, but collectable, this edition will make you howl with glee. (Especailly that cover!)

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Shout! Factory


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