Ben White Reb Brown attends the funeral of his sister, journalist Karen White, the heroine of the previous film. Providing videotaped evidence of the transformation — and turning up to destroy Karen as her undead body rises from the grave — Crosscoe convinces Ben and Jenny to accompany him The Howling - Steve Parsons & Babel - The Howling Transylvania to battle Stirba Sybil Danningan immortal werewolf queen. Along the way, the trio encounter Mariana Marsha Huntanother lusty werewolf siren, and her minion, Erle Ferdy Mayne.
Arriving in the BalkansBen and company wander through an ethnic folk festival, unaware that Stirba is off in her nearby castle already plotting their downfall. Stirba seems to have witchcraft powers as well as being a werewolf, for she intones the Wiccan chant Eko Eko Azarak. Eventually, the adventurers battle with Stirba in an assault that involves disguised dwarves, mutilated priests, and supernatural parasites, before Stirba is destroyed by Stefan at the cost of his own life.
Ben and Jenny return home, where they become a couple and are greeted by a trick or treater dressed as a werewolf. This film is the only Howling sequel that directly follows the original film's events, and is also the only Howling film to feature the input of the original novelist, Gary Brandner. Brandner was critical of the original filmwhich was only a loose adaptation of his novel, and some elements of this sequel may have been deliberately divergent from the previous film, though some such as this film's ret-conning of the worldwide revelation of the existence of werewolves seem to be accidental.
The film features a sequence in which little-known new wave band Babel play their song "The Howling". Babel were: Stephen W. Three of these musicians later played in another band, State Project.
Parsons composed the soundtrack of the film. Director Philippe Mora related Trapped Path - Various - World Scenes the film was set to celebrate the ten-thousandth birthday of bi-curious werewolf queen Stirba and was inspired by New Wave eroticism.
He revealed that actors Reb Brown and Annie McEnroe were so bad in their roles that veteran Christopher Lee acted off-set in a manner as if "wishing himself away". Shooting in then-Soviet-controlled Prague offered difficulties: Mora's government-assigned assistant director knew nothing of filmmaking.
Mora had to "literally import trash from America to clutter the clean communist streets". Mora was advised by an army colonel, "you can finish shooting the scene, but they'll have to leave in groups of no more than three. Inwhen Lee was cast in Gremlins 2: The New Batchone of the first things he did was apologise to director Joe Dante who also directed The Howling for being in this film.
Hemdale Films had an original theatrical release in France and England inbefore its theatrical release in the United States in December In its later US release, the film was marketed with the tagline "The rocking, shocking new wave of horror! The re-edited TV version ran at 91 minutes, and included a new scene before the end credits, plus a brand-new end credits sequence in order to replace the topless shots of Sybil Danning in the original's R-rated end sequence.
The TV end credits also include music, whereas the theatrical version is silent. The film failed to garner as much attention or commercial success as the original film. Roger Ebert spoke toward Sybil Danning's work in the film and wrote that although it was close, it was "not the worst movie Danning has made. Variety offered that while Christopher Lee brought experience to his The Howling - Steve Parsons & Babel - The Howling as vampire hunter Stefan Crosscoe, the film lacks suspense and the plot is generic and predictable.
They noted that despite the film being shot primarily in Czechoslovakia, production did not take full advantage of the setting. Brian J. Dillard of Allrovi called it a "laughable exercise in horror-sequel tomfoolery", which "strays into so-bad-it's-good camp appeal.
He concluded by writing "later Howling sequels would drift into a more polished form of banality, but for utter what-were-they-thinking ineptitude, it's hard to beat this wretched howler. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the second novel, see The Howling II novel. Theatrical release poster. Robert Sarno Gary Brandner.
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