The Howling (Dante, 1981)

The Howling was widely praised (and deservedly so) for it’s groundbreaking special effects, but I found Dante’s subversive commentary on social groups far more fascinating. On the one hand, you have the “knowing” news reporters who end up being completely ignorant of the Werewolf infestation, and on the other the Lycons themselves, who are attempting to fit into society but with ultimately little success. Sometimes silly to a fault, The Howling beautifully operates on many different levels of mood – shifting almost seamlessly between hardcore violence, slapstick, and biting allegory.

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