The Howling: New Moon Rising (1995) (part 2 of 11)

Then, for the first time in this movie, but certainly not the last, we hear bland country music on the soundtrack. Cut to the sign for a bar called “Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace” all lit up against the night sky. The biker we saw earlier (he of the black leather vest and Harley Davidson T-shirt) enters the bar. He removes his cap and sunglasses, allowing his stringy red hair and red beard to be fully exposed. Sadly, this is none other than auteur Clive Turner himself. As the writer, director, and lead actor, Clive is the recipient of the Coleman Francis Award for wearing three different hats and blowing donkeys no matter which one he has on.

The Howling: New Moon Rising (1995) (part 2 of 11)

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

Inside, the bar is flooded with light, and everything’s shot with soft focus lens and dead-on camera angles, reminding me of really cheap Skinemax soft-core pornos. Unfortunately, the acting we’ll see will be about on the same level. A waitress wearing a plaid tablecloth gives an order to a greasy bartender in a headband and tie-dyed T-shirt. Meanwhile, the spitting image of Max Weinberg in a denim shirt and jeans tries to talk the waitress up. It’s all just as horrifying as it sounds.

Meanwhile, the biker looks over the selections in the jukebox, while the sub-sub-amateur country song in the background declares, “I like it like this / I like it like that / I like the way you wear your big cowboy hat”. As a scary note, these are actually some of the better lyrics we’ll be hearing over the next ninety minutes. The biker gives up on the jukebox and heads to the bar. He says to bartender, “G’day, can I have a beer, mate?” Hey, I know, he’s from Queens!

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Multi-Part Article: The Howling: New Moon Rising (1995)

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