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'''''The Howling''''' (1981) is a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] {{horror}} {{film}} directed by Creator/JoeDante and scripted by JohnSayles, loosely based on the book of the same name by Gary Brandner.

After a bizarre and near-fatal encounter with serial killer Eddie "The Mangler" Quist, television anchorwoman Karen White is left traumatized and in dire need of a rest. Her psychiatrist sends her and her husband to The Colony, a rural retreat where select patients go to relax and participate in group therapy. However, Karen notices that The Colony appears to be populated by a number of odd characters, which together with the remote location and the strange howling she hears at night soon lead Karen to believe that something is very wrong here. When she starts looking into The Colony's affairs, the apparent resurrection of Eddie Quist soon proves to be the least of her problems...

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[[folder: The Howling was followed by seven sequels, the most recent in 2011. ]]


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!! ''The Howling'' contains examples of:

* AmbiguousEnding: A lot depends on whether the viewer thinks anyone will believe Karen's report.
%%* AndThenJohnWasAZombie
* AnimalMotifs: As if all the werewolves weren't enough, there's lots of wolf motifs present.
* BackFromTheDead: The cops apparently kill Eddie ten minutes into the film, but since they're not packing department-issue silver bullets (budget cuts...) he comes back.
* BigBad: Eddie Quist.
%%* BigDamnHeroes: Chris.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The Colony.
* BodyHorror: Transformations courtesy of Rob Bottin, the effects guy from ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* DawsonCasting: Robert Picardo was 28 when he played the "kid" Eddie, though it is unclear just how old Eddie actually is.
* DeadlineNews: I wonder if there's a Peabody pending for that final broadcast?
%%* DontGoInTheWoods
* DuelingMovies: Set against ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''.
* TheEndOrIsIt: The final line of the movie: "...rare."
* FamousLastWords:
** "Don't you know anything?"
** "Thank God.."
** "Tonight... I'm going to show you something... to make you believe..."
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Bill, Dr. Waggner.]]
* FemmeFatale: Martha.
* HeroicBSOD: Karen, after being attacked by Eddie. This incites the entire film.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Karen.]]
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Ends with actual wolf howls.
* IntrepidReporter: Karen put herself in danger as part of a sting to nail Eddie. Later, it's Terri who actually unravels the secret of the colony.
* KillItWithFire: Other than silver, fire is the werewolves' Achilles heel.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Karen ''is'' a famous anchorwoman, and she ''would'' be missed.
* MeaningfulName: Nearly all the characters are named after werewolf film directors.
* OhCrap: When the werewolves realize that Chris actually managed to wrangle up some silver bullets.
* OneWingedAngel: The primary transformation scene is so elaborate that it ends up verging on this trope.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Popularized the "man-wolf" style of werewolf. Here the wolves can transform at will, without need to rely on phases of the moon.
* PainfulTransformation: Averted. Eddie seems to enjoy it.
* RapeAsDrama: In the book Karen is actually raped. In the movie, the police sting saves her at the last minute, but the trope still plays out more or less the same.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Chris.
* SilverBullet: Of course.
* StalkerWithACrush: Eddie has his eye on Karen for a long time.
* TemptingFate: Eddie Quist once surprises Chris and takes away his rifle, but a bit later, in order to gloat, returns the rifle and invites Chris to shoot him, because as a werewolf he's ImmuneToBullets: "Don't you know anything?" [[spoiler:What we know and Eddie doesn't, is that the rifle is loaded with silver bullets. Whoops...]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Chris
%%* TransformationIsAFreeAction:
%%* TransformationSequence.
%%* TranshumanTreachery
* WeaksauceWeakness: To silver, and to fire.
* WeirdnessCensor: ApatheticCitizens see werewolf on the evening news and react in bland, skeptical fashion.
%%* WildWilderness

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[[folder: ''Howling II: Stirba: Werewolf Bitch/Your Sister is a Werewolf'' ]]

* TheArtifact: There's some strong evidence that the movie was originally going to be a vampire movie due to all the traditional vampire-killing methods being applied to werewolves, their leader being a woman who stays alive by sucking the youth out of people, it taking place in Transylvania and so on.
* BigBad: Stirba.
* DueToTheDead: At the start of the film, [[spoiler:Karen]] receives a Christian burial; her body is laid to rest in a mausoleum at the church's graveyard.
* EyeScream: Stirba has a spell that causes its victims' eyeballs to explode in a fountain of blood. Fortunately, the heroes are able to neutralize the spell with their holy earplugs (yes, you read that correctly)... until Stefan's dwarf friend trips over and loses his earplugs.
* FanService: Virtually every moment that Sybil Danning spends on-screen in the film. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7sXM7_X1g Especially the end credits]], which take it UpToEleven by repeating the scene where Stirba rips off her top ''sixteen times.''
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: They don't even make [[spoiler:Karen's on-air transformation]] remotely look like the scene from the first movie.
* TheHunter: Stefan, Creator/ChristopherLee's character, holds basically the same role Van Helsing does in most interpretations of Literature/{{Dracula}} (with Stirba in place of the Count).
* LiquidAssets: Stirba's rejuvenating technique requires a young victim, from whom Stirba magically steals her youth.
* MonsterProgenitor: Stirba for the werewolves.
* MutualKill: [[spoiler:Stefan and Stirba burn together in the end]].
* ShoutOut: A murderous dwarf with a knife? Sounds suspiciously like ''[[spoiler:Film/DontLookNow]]''.
* SorcerousOverlord: Stirba operates like this in Transylvania.
* TimeAbyss: Unlike other werewolves, Stirba can restore her youth. She is very nearly ten thousand years old.
** BlindIdiotTranslation: In Russian bootleg translation, the translator mixed up milleniums and millions, and thus made poor Stirba ten ''million'' years old.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The ''Holy Grail'' gets casually mentioned when Stefan lists the heroes' werewolf-killing weapons before the final assault and nobody as much as bats an eye.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Stirba is so old that she somehow became immune to silver. Luckily for the heroes, it appears that werewolves, including Stirba, also can be harmed by titanium weapons. For some odd reason [[spoiler:Karen]] is also immune to silver, despite only having been a werewolf for a couple of weeks at most.

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[[folder: ''Howling III: Marsupials'' ]]

* AshesToCrashes: The ashes of a deceased werewolf emerge from the remains of a funeral pyre to attack a group of hunters.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifter: Do ''not'' flash strobe lights in a werewolf's eyesight. They ''will'' transform whenever that happens, whether you like it or not.
* MoodDissonance: It's sometimes not clear if this is supposed to be a comedy, a horror, a GreenAesop about not hunting animals to extinction, or what.
** WordofGod says it's a comedy.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Features were-thylacines. Thylacines are an extinct marsupial predator more commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger.
* SdrawkcabAlias: The town of Flow.
* ShowWithinAShow: There are two. Donny is acting in a horror film called ''The Shapershifters Part 8''. He wants Jerboa to join the cast, but she's never seen a horror film before, so he takes her to a [[TheresNoBInMovie B-movie]] called ''It Came from Uranus''.
* StandAloneEpisode: Whereas ''II'' follows directly on from the first film, and the following four sequels are revealed to form a BroadStrokes continuity in ''New Moon Rising'', this entry is completely divorced any of the other films.

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[[folder: ''Howling IV: The Original Nightmare'' ]]

* BodyHorror: Especially prominent in this film. The first transformation is quite horrific - it consists of the body disintegrating into a puddle of goo and then rebuilding itself into a wolfman shape.
* FromBadToWorse: These werewolves happen to worship Satan.
* HongKongDub: A lot of the film was shot without any on-set sound recording due to budget problems. As a result, we get a mixture of this trope and the characters constantly having their backs facing the camera when speaking their dialogue.

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[[folder: ''Howling V: The Rebirth'' ]]

* DeadlyHug: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Peter and The Count tell Marylou to shoot the other, the Count being convinced that Peter is the werewolf killing everyone and Peter believing the Count is a crazy murderer. Marylou fires once...and Peter rushes to hug her telling her everything is okay now. Then the full moon shines down on the pair as Marylou grins savagely]].
* DecoyProtagonist: Gail is the first one to notice the strange things that start happening and is very suspicious of why they're at the castle. She's the third one killed.
* MagicPants: The werewolf is clearly a quick-change artist, due to how rapidly it appears and yet how fully clothed everyone is (including the werewolf's human form).
* TenLittleMurderVictims: There's exactly one werewolf among the castle guests - well, presumably, anyway. And the guests are killed one by one...
* ThereWasADoor: The werewolf is huge and has a tendency to simply ''explode'' through walls, snow drifts and doors--how the thing quietly disguises itself as human is anyone's guess.

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[[folder: ''Howling VI: The Freaks'' ]]

* BigBad: R.B Harker.
* ComeToGawk: Harker owns a carnival, with a freak sideshow among its attractions. He tries to get Ian into the sideshow.
* EmpathyDollShot: After transforming back to human, Ian finds a doll next to him. Knowing that its owner is most certainly dead, he picks it up, racked with guilt. [[spoiler:It was planted by Harker]].
* MeaningfulName: The vampire is named "Harker".
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Harker is a vampire, and has been framing Ian for the murders. After this, FurAgainstFang climax gets into gear]].
* VillainousBreakdown: Harker loses his cool near the end when the mob he formed to kill the werewolf hero refuses to shoot him because he is still in human form -- they were prepared to kill a dangerous monster, not an unarmed man. Harker then tries to kill the hero personally.

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[[folder: ''Howling VII: New Moon Rising'' ]]

* ArcWelding: Clive Turner does a fairly admirable job at assembling the plots from the previous sequels into one narrative... unfortunately, these are delivered mainly in massive {{Info Dump}}s.
* FranchiseKiller: Effectively killed the franchise for sixteen years until 2011 when the series was rebooted.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Features a bunch of Australians who just happen to be living in the California Desert for no apparent reason. Since most of the film's cast were the real-life inhabitants of a Californian town, odds are that these random Australians are friends of the film's Aussie director, Clive Turner.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Subverted: two very minor characters in ''4'' and ''5'' are revealed to be the same person... who is also the hero of ''7''.
** Played straight in the same film -- the heroine of the ''4'' turns out to have survived the events of that film... only to be KilledOffForReal after an appearance lasting about ten minutes.

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[[folder: ''The Howling: Reborn'' ]]

* BigBad: [[spoiler: Kathyn Kidman]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to the previous sequels.
* FollowTheLeader: Obviously trying to cash in on the ''{{Literature/Twilight}}'' craze.
* StockSubtitle
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