Howling III (1987) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Philippe Mora
Starring: Barry Otto, Imogen Annesley, Max Fairchild
Rated: PG-13/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
Long ago, the now-extinct marsupial wolf (a.k.a. Tasmanian Tiger) roamed the Australian Outback. Today, a werewolf colony that has descended from these marsupials has taken over the land. This race of human-like creatures roams the outback, preying on the unsuspecting to feed their growing numbers. The race for survival is on as the humans struggle to contain these out of control creatures.
Howling III is an odd cookie but it turns out to be nothing too out of the ordinary when you compare it to other films in the series to come. Here we have a movie that I actually think starts off OKAY until things just quickly get more and more off the path and then eventually goes off the rails in a very bad way. We have a few things going on that come together during the movie like a runaway werewolf woman who then falls for a guy working on movies. Her pack is on her trail and then we have a group of people looking for wolves themselves. And we probably have more than just that as the movie seems to be cramming as much into the running time of this one as humanly possible. And then it all leads to what I’d call a very random and anti-climatic end. This one is full-on Ozploitation and has some of the perks of that, but this one just doesn’t seem to be able to offer up much more of the usual charm.
I will also give the movie’s effects some praise here. I think as odd as things can be with the female werewolves, they at least deliver it with some interesting effects. Maybe some are a little cheesy but it adds at least a little something to an otherwise mess. This is a movie you probably want to watch while drinking with some friends. Because even with all the rough patches you hit along the way with this series, this is a bit of a rough step, especially coming off the first two films that weren’t too bad. The first one more so than the second. It’s great to have this on Blu-ray with some extras, but the movie still isn’t that good all in all.
– NEW Digital Transfer Sponsored By The National Film And Sound Archive Of Australia
– NEW Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Philippe Mora, Moderated By Filmmaker Jamie Blanks
– NEW A Conversation With Philippe Mora – An Interview With The Writer/Director
– Vintage Interviews From The Documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! By Director Mark Hartley
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 92%