AVCO Embassy Pictures | Release Date: April 10, 1981 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 11 Critic Reviews
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)Carole Corbeil
The ironic use of every seventies psychological cliche in an unapologetic, unabashed B-movie elevates The Howling to irresistible silliness. Written and directed by Joe Dante, who comes to us straight from the horror-movie forge of Roger Corman, The Howling pays enthusiastic scenic homage to B-movies while remaining faithful to the exploitation formula of the genre. [15 May 1981]
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Despite its excesses, "The Howling" has some tricks and jokes worth howling about. The sexual undercurrents in the werewolf myth have been made playfully explicit, especially in the sultry, voluptuous form of Elisabeth Brooks, cast as a nympho werewolf named Marsha. When she ambushes a victim in the woods, they change forms in the course of coupling strategically obscured by a blazing campfire in the foreground -- a deliberate howl of a sex scene. [13 March 1981, p.C1]
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You're entertained continuously, though you don't feel the queasy, childish dread that is part of the dirty kick of the horror genre.