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The Howling Reborn BD [Blu-ray]

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Howling... Still alive and kicking! Dec 17 2011
Format:DVD
I was more than excited to find out a new Howling sequel was in the works. The series, with the except of the first, has been a long train wreck of entries... Trashy, low-budget werewolf movies that I have a soft spot for, despite their short comings. This is the 8th entry in the series. Rather than draw from the awesomeness of the original 1981 film, this one decides to ride Twilight's coattails. It's unfortunate because The Howling should not need to use another brand to be worthwhile. That said, it is what it is and if you're a fan like I am, it's a wonder an 8th movie was made at all! I prefer Blu-ray purchases of course, however the DVD has a cool slipcase with a matte/embossed/foil combo finish. The Blu-ray did not have any special packaging so I left it on the shelf. If you're a Howling fan for the sake of it or if you liked Twilight and you're open to a grittier knock-off, you may like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising! Jan. 5 2013
By mixmax
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After i see the seven first Howling movie. I haved a great surprise to see a good quality of the "scenario" and the "filmography". On of the best werewolf movie! Good image and the only bad note is than a the movie is not traducted. Very good surprise for this werewolf film!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reborn? More Like Stillborn. An Empty-Headed Reboot That Fails To Reignite A Horror Franchise Oct. 19 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
When the original "The Howling" debuted in 1981, while successful enough, it certainly wasn't a huge commercial or critical smash on arrival. But through time and the video market, Joe Dante's werewolf conception started to gain traction and fit into a monster movie niche that few other pictures at the time were filling. An apt genre comparison of the same era would be the stellar (and much better) "An American Werewolf in London." Neither film reinvented horror conventions, but both employed state-of-the art effects and make-up to modernize the tales for a new audience (American Werewolf won a 1981 Make-up Oscar). As "The Howling" eventually came to be embraced as a minor classic of werewolf lore, it spawned a series of direct-to-DVD sequels (most in name only). Really, if you have seen ANY of them--they leave a lot to be desired! I say all this to preface my comments about "The Howling Reborn" (a title eerily reminiscent of 1991's "Howling V: The Rebirth"). There's nothing wrong in referencing a classic, but the movie landscape has changed considerably since the original film. Now werewolves are all over television, books, and movies and it's much harder to bring something new to the party.

Unfortunately, this is a real case of "I've seen it all before, and much much better!" The movie kicks right off with a werewolf attack (although the culprit is unseen) as a pregnant woman in what looks like a bad disguise is mauled. The film advances through time, and now the unborn fetus is about to graduate from high school. This isn't any ordinary high school, though. It seems to be a private facility with a fortress like security system--seriously, it's pretty spectacular to see this ancient building with stained glass windows go into a modern lockdown mode any prison would envy. Several things must be accepted to move the plot along. Despite having attended the same classes for years, the plot requires various characters to be complete strangers (even the principle is clueless about his class of seniors). Although the school is bustling with activity, it can also be completely deserted when necessary. Even gunshots, blood stains, bodies, or missing students don't arouse investigation during the school day! So much for advanced security.

Our hero (Landon Liboiron of the new show Terra Nova) is one of those movie geeks who seems to be a misfit because he wears glasses (very Harry Potter, in fact). His love for an enigmatic tough girl reaches fruition as she invites him to an after hours party where he is almost attacked. But things start to get even more suspicious. Is there a werewolf clan? What are their designs on our young hero? And is there any escape? And if about 100 people went missing, would anyone notice? On the last day of school, the building goes into full lockdown (despite the fact that graduation is being held--without parents--right outside) trapping all the principle players in for a series of showdowns. The werewolf effects aren't especially notable and are used very sparsely to boot. It's all incredibly silly and underwhelming. There are just too many werewolf choices available to make this rather inept attempt of any interest. Even suspending all logic (which you have to do throughout) , this simply doesn't offer any originality or any genuine thrills. KGHarris, 10/11.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reborn? More Like Stillborn. An Empty-Headed Reboot That Fails To Reignite A Horror Franchise Oct. 6 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
When the original "The Howling" debuted in 1981, while successful enough, it certainly wasn't a huge commercial or critical smash on arrival. But through time and the video market, Joe Dante's werewolf conception started to gain traction and fit into a monster movie niche that few other pictures at the time were filling. An apt genre comparison of the same era would be the stellar (and much better) "An American Werewolf in London." Neither film reinvented horror conventions, but both employed state-of-the art effects and make-up to modernize the tales for a new audience (American Werewolf won a 1981 Make-up Oscar). As "The Howling" eventually came to be embraced as a minor classic of werewolf lore, it spawned a series of direct-to-DVD sequels (most in name only). Really, if you have seen ANY of them--they leave a lot to be desired! I say all this to preface my comments about "The Howling Reborn" (a title eerily reminiscent of 1991's "Howling V: The Rebirth"). There's nothing wrong in referencing a classic, but the movie landscape has changed considerably since the original film. Now werewolves are all over television, books, and movies and it's much harder to bring something new to the party.

Unfortunately, this is a real case of "I've seen it all before, and much much better!" The movie kicks right off with a werewolf attack (although the culprit is unseen) as a pregnant woman in what looks like a bad disguise is mauled. The film advances through time, and now the unborn fetus is about to graduate from high school. This isn't any ordinary high school, though. It seems to be a private facility with a fortress like security system--seriously, it's pretty spectacular to see this ancient building with stained glass windows go into a modern lockdown mode any prison would envy. Several things must be accepted to move the plot along. Despite having attended the same classes for years, the plot requires various characters to be complete strangers (even the principle is clueless about his class of seniors). Although the school is bustling with activity, it can also be completely deserted when necessary. Even gunshots, blood stains, bodies, or missing students don't arouse investigation during the school day! So much for advanced security.

Our hero (Landon Liboiron of the new show Terra Nova) is one of those movie geeks who seems to be a misfit because he wears glasses (very Harry Potter, in fact). His love for an enigmatic tough girl reaches fruition as she invites him to an after hours party where he is almost attacked. But things start to get even more suspicious. Is there a werewolf clan? What are their designs on our young hero? And is there any escape? And if about 100 people went missing, would anyone notice? On the last day of school, the building goes into full lockdown (despite the fact that graduation is being held--without parents--right outside) trapping all the principle players in for a series of showdowns. The werewolf effects aren't especially notable and are used very sparsely to boot. It's all incredibly silly and underwhelming. There are just too many werewolf choices available to make this rather inept attempt of any interest. Even suspending all logic (which you have to do throughout) , this simply doesn't offer any originality or any genuine thrills. KGHarris, 10/11.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor entry into the werewolf category Nov. 5 2011
By Kevin Stanton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was very very disappointed by this installment for many reasons. The special effects were good, not overdone. However.... the plot was actually a good one, they just lost it somehow.
The actual connection to the original howling I cannot see, except that it was based on the second book in the series and they didn't really explain in the movie how they were connected. Maybe just the title?
The original Howling had the tension, acting, scant but effective special effects, great plot, a sense of paranoia and a sense of a horrible discovery along with some really good acting. The only good acting in this one is the mother. Part played well.
There wasn't the sense of tension here, just a rolling ball of a plot. They could have easily played on the fact that 'they are all around us', but they didn't.
Not recommended at all. The original is still the best, skip all the other howling movies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Full Moon. New Blood." July 12 2013
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
This is from the viewpoint of someone who's never seen any previous "Howling" incarnation.

Written and directed by big screen newcomer Joe Nimziki, THE HOWLING: REBORN (2011) is an exercise in Oedipal lycanthropy that's geared to a specific audience: high schoolers. The story unfolds during the main character's last days as a senior classman; its darkly dramatic climax occurs simultaneous to a rain-soaked outdoor nighttime graduation ceremony.

The film touches all the clichéd bases of modern youth-oriented cinema. There's major destruction of property, several sexual encounters (including an unfulfilled come-on to the boy from his wolfpack leader mom), lots of expletive-laced dialogue, overly loud music and much mayhem, all filmed with often shaky handheld cameras. (Let's not forget the numerous misshapen wolfie predators!)

As an outside observer, I can see how this might appeal to the latest generation of horror movie fans, but I found it a chore to watch and not believably scary.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of only two howling films in my book Oct. 14 2012
By Marcus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Obviously, this was meant to be a reboot of the eighties movie series to spring board additional sequels in the twenty-teens. Who knows whether that will happen or not? Since everyone seems to be perceiving this as a Twilight knock off. This twi-hater bandwagon is so aggressive that anything resembling it, no matter how remote, is guilty by association. Since in this era, how you feel about a mere work of fiction, is a valid way to judge and condemn someone. Why is that? Perhaps the main character of Will Kidman offers some insight into that when he says. "My generation, we're not about commitments and relationships, we're about hooking up. It's like somewhere along the way we were lead to believe that knowing too much about a partner makes love less exciting. We were led to believe wrong." I guess people object to the implication that emotional intimacy has anything to do with the physical act of sex. As for the movie itself, it's trying to capture the essence of the original movie, which was far more sophisticated than the mindless B-Grade schlock of the first six sequels. Which is what I appreciate about this movie, but what I appreciate is obviously a complete waste on most present day horror fans based upon other reviews. Still, you can sense there is a lot more story between the scenes that we do not see on screen. I really would have liked to have seen what a bit more development could have done for this movie. Then again, maybe they were waiting to deal with those unanswered questions in future sequels. They obviously set it up for one. I got to say one last thing, Lindsey Shaw and Ivana Milicevic, are way sexy. It is what got me to watch the film three times, and eventually see the film for what it is. Rather than just labeling it as just another schlock sequel.
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