Much loved werewolf romp and some say the best werewolf movie ever made, The Howling is making a return.
It is going to get a limited re-release in theaters next month. If you don’t live near a theater where it will be shown then it’s not the end of the world, as The Howling has also received the full-on, 4K restoration treatment and it will be released on Blu-ray in time for the 40th anniversary of the movie.
Rialto Pictures will introduce the new 4K restoration theatrically ahead of the Blu-ray release. The theatrical run starts on October 20, 2021. The 4K Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray restoration will be released on October 25, 2021. Studio Canal will handle the UK release.
The restoration of The Howling has been approved by Director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Piranha). The disc will contain:
- Exclusive new 4K restoration of the film
- NEW Inside the Career of Joe Dante — newly produced featurette examining the career and legacy of Joe Dante
- Welcome to Werewolfland — a look back into the special effects of “The Howling”
- Deleted Scenes
- Five collectible art cards
- Booklet — 20-page illustrated booklet featuring original press kit, new stills, and essay
- Poster — exclusive new poster for the 4K restoration of the film
- 4K Blu-ray/Blu-ray combo release
- Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
Released the same year as John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London, there are frequent arguments among cinephiles as to which movie is better. While Rick Baker was initially on board to tackle the special effects, he went to work on An American Werewolf in London, instead. This left Dante to call on old collaborator Rob Bottin, whose impressive practical effects in the transformation scenes are legendary. Bottin is behind the practical effects in Pirahna, The Thing, RoboCop, Total Recall, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The Howling was a pivotal moment in both Dante and Bottin’s careers.
It is also apparently getting the remake treatment. In July 2019 the director of IT, Andy Muschietti was asked which horror movie he would love to remake during a panel at Comic-Con. He replied with The Howling.
Now it appears he is getting his wish as according to The Hashtag Show, a remake is set up at Netflix, and Muschietti is involved. The Dante movie varies considerably from the original novel it is based on, written by Gary Bradner. There is no official confirmation from Netflix so it is too early to say if they will be sticking closer to the novel this time.
The Howling spawned several sequels, all of them crushing disappointments compared to the original: Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf, Howling III, Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, Howling V: The Rebirth, Howling VI: The Freaks, Howling: New Moon Rising, and The Howling: Reborn.