Play Dates

July 29        Los Angeles, CA        AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE LOS FELIZ

The Howling Play Dates


USA, 1981
Director: Joe Dante
Producer: Jack Conrad, Michael Finnell
Cast: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Slim Pickens
Screenwriter: John Sayles, Terence H. Winkless
Cinematography: John Hora
Music: Pino Donaggio
Genre: Horror
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Language: English
Running Time: 91 minutes

Karen White (Dee Wallace), a LA news anchor with a serial killer for a stalker, leads the man into a trap where the police are able to kill him. In order to recover from the traumatic event, she and her husband are sent to "The Colony," a country resort where their marriage is tested by the fact that there are vicious werewolves everywhere.

Awards and Recognition:
Best Horror Film (Saturn Awards, 1981)
Best Make-up and Best Special Effects nominations (Saturn Awards, 1981)

Joe Dante on the 4K restoration - "I made sure to supervise the laserdisc transfer of The Howling because I was so disappointed with the quality of the VHS release. Over the years, I've color corrected numerous version of the movie, partly because it's had so many different owners and distributors—some for home video, some for cable, syndication, etc. But I can honestly say this 4K is the best The Howling has looked since it came out of the lab in 1980, maybe better. I'm happy to have it back in circulation at last."

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