The Howling (1980)

35mm film, colour, 1.66:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Joe Dante.

Plot Summary

TV reporter Karen White investigates a series of brutal sex murders and is savagely attacked by the culprit, Eddie Quist who's subsequently shot dead by the police. Karen and her husband visit a coastal retreat, The Colony, to recuperate but soon find that it's home to a whole brood of .


Directed by: Joe Dante
© 1980 Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Avco Embassy Pictures, International Film Investors and Wescom Productions present a Daniel H. Blatt production
Executive Producers: Daniel H. Blatt, Steven A. Lane
Produced by: Michael Finnell and Jack Conrad
Associate Producer: Rob Bottin
Screenplay by: John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless
Based on the Novel by: Gary Brandner
Director of Photography: John Hora
Edited by: Mark Goldblatt, Joe Dante
Music by: Pino Donaggio
Production Mixer: Ken King
Costume Designer: Jack Buehler
Make-Up/Hair: Gigi Williams
Special Make-Up Effects Created by: Rob Bottin
Special Make-Up Effects Consultant: Rick Baker
Special Effects: Roger George
Special Mechanical Effects: Doug Beswick
Stop Motion Animation: David Allen
Love Scene and Main Title Animation: Peter Kuran, Visual Concept Engineering
Art Director: Robert Burns

Dee Wallace (Karen White)
Patrick Macnee (Dr George Waggner)
Dennis Dugan (Chris)
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 (Donna)
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)
Steve Nevil (young cop)
Herb Braha (porno cashier)
Joe Bratcher (radio man)

Alternative Titles

Aullidos – Spanish title
Hurlements – French title
The Howling – ulvonta – Finnish title
Das Tier – West German title
O Uivo da Fera – Portugese title
L'ululato – Italian title
Varulvarna – Swedish title

Howling II: Stirba, Werewolf Bitch (1985)
Howling III (1987)
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)
Howling V: The Rebirth (1989)
Howling VI: The Freaks (1991)
Howling: New Moon Rising (1995)
The Howling: Reborn (2011)

Includes extracts from
The Big Bad Wolf (1934)
The Wolf Man (1941)

Extracts included in
The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982)
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Unleashing the Beast: Making The Howling (2003)

See also
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Critters (1986)
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Dogma (1999)
Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
Gremlins (1984)
Legend of the Werewolf (1975)
Scream (1996)
The Thing from another World (1951)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Wolfman Chronicles (1991)


American Cinematographer vol.84 no.10 (October 2003) pp.18, 20 – DVD review (DVD playback: The Howling (1981) by Kenneth Sweeney)
Cinefantastique vol.10 no.3 (Winter 1980) pp.18-23 – illustrated article
Cinefantastique vol.11 no.1 (Summer 1981) pp.4-5; 48 – illustrated article; review
Cinefantastique vol.11 no.2 (Autumn 1981) p.46 – review
Cinefantastique vol.11 no.3 (September 1981) pp.43-45 – illustrated article
Cinefantastique vol.22 no.1 (August 1991) pp.46-51 – illustrated article (Still howling after all these years by John Thonen)
Cinefantastique vol.35 no.5 (October/November 2003) pp.66; 66-67 – DVD review (In Review: DVD: Moonstruck by Jeff Bond); illustrated article, interview with Joe Dante (In Review: DVD: Grim Hairy Tale by Jeff Bond)
Delirium no.26 (2021) pp.6-9; 10-11 – illustrated interview with Pino Donaggio (Melodies of madness and by Michael Gingold); illustrated interview with Joe Dante (Scores for teeth and fangs by Michael Gingold)
Fangoria no.134 (July 1994) pp.20-25, 90; 46-49 – illustrated article (The new breed of werewolf FX by Mark Salisbury); illustrated article (Howling VII. Long in the tooth? by Anthony C. Ferrante)
Fangoria no.208 (November 2001) p.65 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Michael Gingold)
Fangoria no.226 (September 2003) p.61 – DVD review (DVD dungeon by Matthew Kiernan)
Film Score Monthly vol.8 no.7 (August 2003) p.46 – DVD review (The laserphile: scary tricks and treats by Andy Dursin)
Filmmakers Monthly v13 n11 September 1980) p.20-23 – article
Films vol.1 no.7 (June 1981) pp.38-39 – review
L'Écran Fantastique no.17 (1981) p.49 – note
L'Écran Fantastique no.20 1981) p.29-30 – article
Monster! no.4 (April 2014) pp.4-8 – illustrated article (The bestial nature of man: director Joe Dante looks back on his werewolf class The Howling by Greg Goodsell)
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.48 no.569 (June 1981) pp.114-115 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Product Digest vol.8 no.21 (1 April 1981) p.84 – review
Music from the Movies no.50/51 (2006) p.101 – soundtrack review (Film music review: Re-recordings: Pino Donaggio – The Howling by Kevin McGann
Screen International no.249 (12-19 July 1980) p.6 – note (Stateside: US briefing)
Screen International no.292 (16 May 1981) p.43 – review
Sight & Sound vol.14 no.10 (October 2004) p.77 – DVD review (Home movies: reviews by James Bell)
Starburst no.34 (1981) pp.14-16 – illustrated review
Starburst no.317 (December 2004) p.118 – DVD review (DVD reviews by David Richardson)
Variety 28 January 1981 p.18 – credits, review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.350 – illustrated credits, review
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.378
English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.273, 312
The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.271
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.181-182 – credits
Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.189-191 – credits, synopsis, review
John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver pp.341-343 – article
Film Review 1981-1982 by F. Maurice Speed p.156 – credits
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.271-272 – illustrated credits, review
The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.335-337 – credits, review
Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.38-39 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.121-125 – illustrated credits, review