'The Howling Reborn' [Blu-ray]
(Landon Liboiron, Lindsey Shaw, Ivana Milicevic, et al / Blu ray / R / (2010) 2011 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: In this chilling reboot of the '80s horror classic, Landon Liboiron of 'Terra Nova' stars as high school senior Will Kidman, whose infatuation with a beautiful classmate (Lindsey Shaw of 'Pretty Little Liars' and '10 Things I Hate About You') begins to trigger certain teenage animal instincts.
Blu ray Verdict: If you've never seen any previous 'Howling' incarnation and you suddenly decide to give this a try this Halloween, you might enjoy its cheese! That said, if you know the others inside out, you will hate this version, laugh in its face, and turn it off 20 minutes in ... sorry!
For those that don't know, 'The Howling' began enthralling fans more than 30 years ago, with the 1977 publication of Gary Brandner’s best-selling novel and the 1981 film adaptation written by Academy Award® nominated screenwriter John Sayles (Lone Star) and directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins). The film’s success ushered in a new era of screen werewolves, as well as the six 'Howling' sequels that followed!
Written and directed by big screen newcomer Joe Nimziki, 'The Howling: Reborn' is an exercise in Oedipal lycanthropy that's geared to a specific audience: high schoolers. The story unfolds during the main character's last days as a senior classman; its darkly dramatic climax occurs simultaneous to a rain-soaked outdoor nighttime graduation ceremony.
The film touches all the clichéd bases of modern youth-oriented cinema. There's major destruction of property, several sexual encounters (including an unfulfilled come-on to the boy from his wolfpack leader mom), lots of expletive-laced dialogue, overly loud music and much mayhem, all filmed with often shaky handheld cameras!
And so, as mentioned above, if you are a lover of all things 'Howling' through the ages, you will find this sad. But, if you are just coming into the arena for the first time, looking for some fun and needless gore, well, welcome home, young buck! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Director/Filmmaker Audio Commentary
“Werewolf Fight” Film Clip