Howling II (Horror/Werewolfs) [Movie/Reviews]


Year: 1985
Genre: Horror/Werewolfs
Source: Blu-Ray (Scream Factory)

Mainly filmed in the Czech Republic and some parts in Los Angeles, US. This is one hell of a cheezefest, if the first part tried to be a ”serious” horror movie, this one is just f*’kin bonkers.

We follow Ben White, the brother of the female reporter from the first one and the girl or boy journalist Annie, who make the occult investigator Stefan (Christopher Lee) company to Transylvania to fight Stirba, the head werewolf.

I love movies like this. Who tries to be serious, but fails miserably. We have people acting like dogs (werewolfs) sniffing the air and so on, a Czech friendly rapist, monkey suits that’s supposed to look like werewolfs, Czech midgets, transformed werewolf people having menage a trois, but instead they look like mentally handicapped people trying to figure out what to do in a bed, eye popping and bad rubber effects. All accompanied by a soundtrack from the new wave group Steve Parsons & the Babel (and yes, I have now ordered the vinyl) and their title track keeps playing over and over again throughout the movie.

Some trivia that were unknown to me, was that apparently when Christopher Lee was cast for Gremlins II, he apologized to Joe Dante (director of the first movie) for being in this one 😂😂😂

Another thing is that Sybil Danning who plays Stirba was furious that her topless scene was shown over and over and over again during the end credits. 😂😂😂

I noticed that on Imdb it had only a score of 3,6 … apparently these people don’t like fun. I would rate this even higher than 7/10 if it had even more gore and nudity.

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Scream factorys blu-ray has a very nice picture quality (1.85:1) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono. A lot of bonus material aswell.

Bonus Features

  • Audio Commentary With Director Philippe Mora
  • Audio Commentary With Composer Steve Parsons And Editor Charles Bornstein
  • Leading Man – An Interview With Actor Reb Brown
  • Queen Of The Werewolves – An Interview With Actress Sybil Danning
  • A Monkey Phase – Interviews With Special Make-Up Effects Artists Steve Johnson And Scott Wheeler
  • Behind The Scenes Footage (In HD – From Philippe Mora’s Archive)
  • Alternate Opening And Alternate Ending (In HD – From Philippe Mora’s Archive)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery