Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1986) (part 3 of 9)

And so, the plot of the first movie is retconned to Karen working on a story about the werewolves, even though she was actually recuperating at a small colony from a nervous breakdown brought on by an werewolf attack, and everyone at the colony just happened to be werewolves. So I can certainly understand why Joe Dante doesn’t like to discuss the sequels made to cash in on his original film. This is just asinine.

Ben is ready to leave, but Stefan shows them a tape of Karen’s last broadcast. And it’s here that most rabid fans of the original will press stop on their DVD players, remove the disc, and fling it at the wall as hard as they can.

In the original, the last broadcast was done as a mix of genuine tragedy and dark humor, with Karen turning into an (admittedly) rather cute looking werewolf before being shot. Here, though, the actress has been given cheesy looking werewolf makeup, and snarls briefly before being shot.

Caption contributed by Ed

So, do you prefer number one?…

Caption contributed by Ed

…Or number two?

Seriously, I think even the f/x team on Doctor Who at the time could have come up with a better werewolf. This makeup looks like a goddamned Halloween mask!

Needless to say, the version we see here lacks the gravity of the original. Hell, even the set looks rather chintzy, and I’d be shocked if this movie even cost half as much to make as the first one.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1986)

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