Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

35mm film, colour, 1.33:1
Matrix Surround, English

A British/American horror film directed by John Hough.

Plot Summary

Best-selling author Marie and her husband go on holiday to a remote cottage to help her deal with her mental health issues. But they couple are soon bein haunted by the cottage's previous owners and a pack of .


Directed by: John Hough
© 1988 Allied Vision Ltd.
Allied Entertainment presents. A John Hough film
Executive Producers: Edward Simons, Avi Lerner, Steven Lane, Robert Pringle
Produced by: Harry Alan Towers
Co-producer: Clive Turner
Screenplay: Clive Turner, Freddie Rowe
Story: Clive Turner
Based on the Novels The Howling I, II & III by: Gary Brandner
Director of Photography: Godfrey Godar
Edited by: Claudia Finkle, Malcolm Burns-Errington
Music Composed by: David George
Sound Engineer: Colin McFarlane
Wardrobe: Elaine Downing
Key-Make-up: Annie Bartles
Hairdresser: Mary Reid
Special Make-up Effects Produced by: Steve Johnson's X.F.X. Inc. 1Credited as Steve Johnson's S.F.X. Inc. in the opening credits
SFX Supervisor: Noel Henry
Production Designer: Robbie Jenkinson

Romy Windsor (Marie)
Michael T. Weiss (Richard)
Antony Hamilton (Tom)
Susanne Severeid (Janice)
Lamya Derval (Eleanor)
Norman Anstey (sheriff)
Kate Edwards (Mrs Ormstead)
Dennis Folbigge (Doctor Coombes)
Anthony James (Father Cameron)
Dale Cutts (Doctor Helnemann)
Clive Turner (tow truck driver)
Megan Kruskal (Sister Ruth)
Denis Smith (Mr Ormstead)
Greg Latter (John)
Maxine John (Paula)
Hugh Jobling (Mr Duncan)
Megan Davies (Mrs Duncan)
Diana Tilden-Davis (municpal clerk)
Tullio Moneta (villager 1)
Ralph Draper (villager 2)
Beryl Gresak (villager 3)
Bull Forsche, Peter Ware (the werewolves)

Alternative Titles

Aullido IV – Mexico
El aullido IV: el origen de la pesadilla – Mexico (DVD)
Aullidos IV – Mexico
Grito de Horror 4: Um Arrepio na Noite – Brazil
Howling – West Germany
Howling IV – Finland
Hurlements IV – France
Huuto tajunnan takaa – Finland
Pueblo maldito – Spain
Üvöltés 4. – A vérfarkasklán – Hungary
Το ουρλιαχτό 4 – Greece
Вой 4 – Russia

Sequel to
The Howling (1980)
Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch (1984)
Howling III (1987)

Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)
Howling VI: The Freaks (1991)
Howling: New Moon Rising (1995)
The Howling: Reborn (2011)

Extracts included in
Howling: New Moon Rising (1995)



  • Cinefantastique vol.22 no.1 (August 1991) pp.46-51 – illustrated article (Still howling after all these years by John Thonen)
  • Fangoria no.134 (July 1994) pp.20-25, 90 – illustrated article (The new breed of werewolf FX by Mark Salisbury)
  • Variety 23 November 1988 p.18 – credits, review


  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.272
  • Harry Alan Towers: The Transnational Career of a Cinematic Contrarian by Dave Mann pp.131-133, 136, 142, 144
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.242 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.665-666 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.274-275 – credits
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn pp.129-130 – illustrated credits, review