SPECIAL APPEARANCE IN LOS ANGELES! Director Joe Dante will appear in person at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 20 to introduce a special advance screening being held at 10:00pm on the night of a full moon; and on Friday, October 22 for a Q&A after the 7:30pm show.
Joe Dante's biting satire on werewolf movies has been newly restored and transformed in 4K by Studiocanal for its 40th Anniversary, under the filmmaker’s supervision. A Los Angeles news anchor (Dee Wallace, E.T.) with a serial killer for a stalker leads the man into a trap where the police are able to kill him. In order to recover from the traumatic event, she and her husband are sent to “The Colony,” a country resort where their marriage is tested by the fact that there are vicious werewolves everywhere. Originally released in 1981, The Howling reimagined one of the most durable of horror icons: a person bitten by a wolf, and then doomed to turn into one with every full moon. Director Dante utilized the talents of up-and-coming makeup and effects artist Rob Bottin (The Thing, Total Recall), who, for the first time, created an onscreen transformation of man to beast without the use of cut-away edits; only latex and ligature. This was combined with a genre-imploding screenplay co-written by John Sayles, who had previously worked with Dante on Piranha. The film features a cast of genre stalwarts, including Patrick Macnee, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Slim Pickens and Dick Miller. Music by Pino Donaggio (Carrie).