November 8th 2007 00:41
The one whose production began first, but was released second, was An American Werewolf in London (1981) directed by John Landis. The second movie, which ended up being completed and released first, was The Howling (1981) directed by Joe Dante. Both movies are laced with a strong knowing sense of black humour, but also reek, like a wet dog, with a raw pungent atmosphere of palpable fear. These movies are genuinely frightening. They also employ, what was then, state of the art special effects make-up, and boy, do these effects hold up or what?! They kick ass!
Dee Wallace as Karen White with Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo) in the dark
Karen doesn't like the weird sounds at night, her husband Bill (Chris Stone) isn't too perturbed
Patrick MacNee as sly Dr. Waggner
I see a bad moon rising
My, my, my, what big paws you have!
Elizabeth Brooks as lusty Marsha
Marsha feels the were-heat rise inside her
Here's the original theatricla trailer:
And here is the sensational main transformation sequence:
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