The Howling (1981) Joe Dante, film locations

Howling, a 1981 horror film directed by Joe Dante.

The Howling was also notable for its special effects, which were considered to be extremely convincing at the time. The transformation scenes were created by Rob Bottin, who had also worked with Dante on Piranha. Rick Baker was the original effects artist for the film, but left the production to work on the John Landis film An American Werewolf in London, handing over the effects work to Rob Bottin. Bottin’s most celebrated effect was the on-screen transformation of Eddie Quist, which involved air bladders under latex facial applications to give the illusion of transformation.

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The movie was mainly shot in Mendocino, CA.

THE HOWLING (1981) – Return to Eddie Quist’s cabin

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Film Facts

The Howling is a 1981 American horror film directed by Joe Dante, and starring Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, and Robert Picardo. Based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner, the film follows a television newswoman sent to a remote mountain resort after a fatal incident with a serial killer, unaware that the inhabiting residents are werewolves.

The film was released on April 10, 1981 and became a moderate success, grossing $17.9 million at the box office and received favorable reviews. The film won the 1980 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film during the film’s development, and was one of the three high-profile wolf-themed horror films released in 1981, alongside An American Werewolf in London and Wolfen. Over the years, the film has accumulated a cult following and received positive reviews, with many praising the makeup special effects from Rob Bottin. The film’s financial success helped the film career of Joe Dante, and prompted Warner Bros. to hire Dante (as director) and Michael Finnell (as producer) for Gremlins. The film’s success spawned a franchise, consisted of eight sequels.

In the scene where Terri calls Chris from Dr. Waggner’s office, we see a picture of Lon Chaney Jr. on the wall. Chaney played the Wolf Man in five movies (The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). He is the only actor that played a Universal monster in the original film and all of its sequels.

Rick Baker was originally doing the special effects for the film, but he left to do An American Werewolf in London (1981), leaving the effects job for this film in the hands of assistant Rob Bottin. Both this film and "American Werewolf" were released the same year and both received praise for their makeup work.

Dee Wallace was very uncomfortable in the porn shop scene. The discomfort on her face can be clearly seen.

Filmed in 28 days plus days of reshoots, this film was notable for its special effects, which were state-of-the-art at the time.

There were times during shooting when Robert Picardo was very despondent about the hours he had to spend in makeup. On the Special Edition DVD, he remarked, "One day, after spending six and a half hours in the makeup chair, I was thinking, ‘Trained at Yale, two leading roles on Broadway. My first acting role in California, my face gets melted in a low-budget horror movie.’ All the crew had to say to that was, ‘Bob, next time read the script all the way through first!"’

Robert Picardo improvised the line "I want to give you a piece of my mind." before pulling out a bullet from his head.

This film and Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) are both based on the same novel by Gary Brandner. Interestingly, "Howling IV: The Original Nightmare" actually represents the more faithful adaptation of the book than this film does.

The climactic transformation had to be done all in closeup because the film had exceeded its budget by then, and it had to be shot in an office because they had no money for sets anymore.

To add to the hidden puns throughout this film, there is a book placed near a phone during one scene: Allen Ginsberg’s "Howl".

Due to their work in this film, Joe Dante and Michael Finnell received the opportunity to make the movie Gremlins (1984).

In line with other "wolf" puns in the film, the book Bill is reading in bed is "You Can’t Go Home Again" by Thomas Wolfe.

Art director Robert A. Burns had previously worked on the sets for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). In fact many of the grisly set dressings for this film were hold-overs from "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"; most notably the corpse in the armchair seen in Walter Paisley’s bookstore.

When Karen is looking in the shack in the forest, there is a can of Wolf chili on top of the fridge.

A picture of a wolf attacking a flock of sheep can be seen above Karen and Bill’s bed.

At one point Sam Newfield (Slim Pickens) is seen eating from a can of "Wolf" brand chili.

Dick Miller’s favorite of his films.

The following characters are named after werewolf movie directors: George Waggner, Roy William Neill, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Erle C. Kenton, Sam Newfield, Charles Barton, Jerry Warren, Lew Landers and Jacinto Molina (an alternate name used by Paul Naschy).

Jack Conrad was originally set to direct and write the film, but troubles with the studio forced him to leave the project. In addition Terence H. Winkless was writing the script at one point, but when his version proved unsatisfactory, he left the production. It eventually fell into the lap of director Joe Dante, who brought aboard John Sayles, with whom he had previously worked for Piranha (1978), to write the screenplay.

Annette Haven was offered the role of Marsha Quist, but turned it down because she was opposed to the violent content of the script.

The coroner tells a story about a "case" named Stu Walker. Stuart Walker was the director of Werewolf of London (1935), the first Hollywood werewolf movie of the sound era.

Dee Wallace (Karen) and Christopher Stone (Bill) were engaged in real life when shooting the movie.

The picture was released during an early-mid 1980s cycle of werewolf movies. These included Wolfen (1981), The Howling (1981), Teen Wolf (1985), Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch (1985), Full Moon High (1981), Teen Wolf Too (1987), The Company of Wolves (1984), The Marsupials: The Howling III (1987) and An American Werewolf in London (1981).

Elisabeth Brooks received an ‘introducing’ credit.

The nick-name of R. William Neill (Christopher Stone) was "Bill".

Gary Brandner, who wrote the novel this film was based on, wrote the screenplay for Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch (1985) – the only installment in "The Howling" film franchise on which he was screenwriter.

The picture won the 1981 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and had been nominated for Saturns also for Best Make-Up and Best Special Effects.

This horror movie is ranked at the No. #81 spot on Bravo’s "100 Scariest Movie Moments".

It took about four years from the time Gary Brandner’s novel was published in 1977 and to when this film was made.

Director Joe Dante and screenwriter John Sayles had previously collaborated about three years before on Piranha (1978) in those capacities with Sayles taking a role in the director’s later movie Matinee (1993).

The name of the television station was "KDHB".

Cameo Roger Corman: Uncredited, the famed B-movie producer, who had mentored the film’s director Joe Dante, as a man waiting to use a phone box after Karen White (Dee Wallace). When Corman checks the pay-phone for change, this is an in-joke reference to the producer’s legendary penny-pinching.

Forrest J. Ackerman: Uncredited, as a bookstore customer in the book shop carrying a copy of his magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland".

John Sayles: Uncredited, the film’s co-screenwriter as a morgue attendant.

Though the film has been noted for its semi-humorous screenplay, it began life as a more straight forward novel by Gary Brandner which was first published in 1977. After drafts by Jack Conrad (the original director who left following difficulties with the studio) and Terence H. Winkless proved unsatisfactory, director Joe Dante hired John Sayles to completely rewrite the script. The two had collaborated before on Dante’s 1978 film Piranha. Sayles rewrote the script with the same self-aware, satirical tone that he gave Piranha, and his finished draft bears only a vague resemblance to Brandner’s book. However, Winkless still received a co-writers credit along with Sayles for his work on the screenplay.

The cast featured a number of recognizable character actors such as Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Kenneth Tobey and Slim Pickens, many of whom appeared in genre films themselves. Additionally, the film was full of in-joke references (see ‘Tributes’ below). Roger Corman makes a cameo appearance as a man standing outside a phone booth, as does John Sayles, appearing as a morgue attendant and James Murtaugh as one of the members of the Colony. Forrest J. Ackerman appears in a brief cameo in an occult bookstore, clutching a copy of his magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland.

The Howling was also notable for its special effects, which were state-of-the-art at the time. The transformation scenes were created by Rob Bottin, who had also worked with Dante on Piranha. Rick Baker was the original effects artist for the film, but left the production to work on the John Landis film An American Werewolf in London, handing over the effects work to Rob Bottin. Bottin’s most celebrated effect was the on-screen transformation of Eddie Quist, which involved air bladders under latex facial applications to give the illusion of transformation. In fact, Variety claims that The Howling’s biggest flaw is that the impact of this initial transformation is never topped during the climax of the film.

The Howling also features stop-motion animation by notable animator David W. Allen, and puppetry intended to give the werewolves an even more non-human look to them. Despite most of the special effects at the time, the silhouette of Bill and Marsha having sex as werewolves is quite obviously a cartoon animation. Joe Dante attributed this to budgetary reasons.

Due to their work in The Howling, Dante and producer Michael Finnell received the opportunity to make the film Gremlins (1984) for Steven Spielberg. That film references The Howling with a smiley face image on a refrigerator door. Eddie Quist leaves yellow smiley face stickers as his calling card in several places throughout The Howling.

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