Howling 4 : The Original Nightmare title

Tag Line : A terrifying journey into the jaws of death.

Howling 4 : The Original NightmareMore like the UN-original nightmare. This time the plot revolves around a writer named Marie Adams (Romy Windsor), who after suffering a nervous breakdown decides to go off on Holiday with her husband Richard to recover.

They decide to rent a cottage in a small country town named Drahko. However, soon after arriving, Marie is convinced that something is afoot in the old town. Strange howling noises at night, the appearance of strange wolf like creatures in the forest, not to mention the townsfolk's bizarre behaviour.

Richard tells her not to worry, as being in the country they're bound to get all sorts of wildlife roaming around. But Marie isn't so sure. After befriending another tourist named Janice (Susan Severeid) they decide to do a bit of investigating into the towns history, whereupon they discover the dark secret it's citizens are harbouring. You guessed it, werewolves!!!!!

The film is basically a rehash of the original film, with a bizarre sub-plot about a ghostly nun and a medieval European town thrown into the mix. This is zero budget production, with z-grade actors has nothing really worthwhile at all to recommend it and, like parts 2-3, is best forgotten about. I can't believe director John Hough, who has given us some great and diverse features over the years (from Hammer horror films to Disney movies and everything in between) could come up with such drivel.

Overall marks : 3/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The tow truck driver was played by the writer/producer Clive Turner.

  • Director John Hough has had an extremely diverse 40 year career in films and television, having directed the 1974 road movie "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry", the Disney "Witch Mountain" films, Hammer Horror feature "Twins of Evil", as well as "Watcher in the Woods", "Triumphs of a Man Called Horse", "Treasure Island" and TV episodes of "The Avengers", "Hammer House of Mystery" and even 80s cop show "Dempsey and Makepeace".

  • Although essentially a rehash of the original film, the plot does apparently follow Gary Bradner's book a lot more closely, though it changes some names to avoid confusion, and removes the sub-plot about the serial killer.

  • Fangoria magazine awarded the film a "Golden Chainsaw" for being the best direct-to-video release of 1988 (must have been a bad year for horror that year).

  • Romy Windsor also appeared in "Howling 7 : Mystery Woman".

  • The films song 'Something Evil/Something Dangerous' was performed by Justin Heyward of "Moody Blues" fame!

  • Michael Weiss went onto play Jarod in the US TV show "Pretender".

  • Although set in California, the movie was actually filmed in South Africa.

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