Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf (1985) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Philippe Mora
Starring: Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factor
After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (Battle Beyond the Stars, Chained Heat, Grindhouse) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real! After newscaster Karen White’s shocking on-screen transformation and violent death (in the original The Howling), her brother Ben (Reb Brown, Yor, the Hunter of the Future) is approached by Stefan Crosscoe (Lee), a mysterious man who claims that Karen has, in fact, become a werewolf. But this is the least of their worries… to save mankind, Stefan and Ben must travel to Transylvania to battle and destroy Stirba (Danning), the immortal queen of all werewolves, before she is restored to her full powers!
The Howling 2 isn’t a sequel with the best reputation in the world. I really dug the original film and thought the ending to that movie was really cool and a heck of a lot of fun. Howling 2 tried to follow-up on where The Howling left off, but sadly, it didn’t have Dee Wallace to play Karen White, now in un-dead form waiting to change again into a wolf. What it does have is her brother showing up to keep the story kind of rolling and it did have the now late Sir Christopher Lee in the role of a werewolf hunter, Stefan Crosscoe. There is also a reporter tossed in for romantic purposes to the brother of Karen and a plot that has them leave the states and head on off to Transylvania to find Stirba, an immortal werewolf queen, played by the very noticeable Sybil Danning. It makes for an odd mix if you really break everything down, between the very 80s start of the film to the more time period horror setting the movie seems to take in Transylvania. There, I don’t think I’d be out of line to say that the movie gets a bit Full Moon-ish and I also don’t think anyone will say that I’m wrong when I say that the movie also quickly dwindles down into the very silly levels of 80s horror cinema.
So, things get a bit out of whack and turns things into a movie that is more likely to make you laugh than to make you jump. There is still some cool effects here and there, Christopher Lee has never done a bad performance, even if he probably isn’t even trying, but the rest of the cast get three kinds of awful at times, with over-acting and out right bad acting. There is weird effects, with lights and bats (if they are even called that), and it all takes you out of the thick of things as werewolf movie, but it does keep you entertained as things really take that sharp turn to crazy town. If you really like The Howling, the original film that is, then you might not be that fond of The Howling 2 due to how short it falls of even coming close to matching that film in quality. If you want to still be entertained and have a nice laugh, then The Howling 2 won’t be so bad. You just got to make sure that you are in the mood for some strange, silly, and laugh out loud bad stuff at random times. I STILL say some of the effects are cool.
– Audio Commentary With Director Philippe Mora
– Audio Commentary With Composer Steve Parsons And Editor Charles Bornstein
– Leading Man – An Interview With Actor Reb Brown
– Queen Of The Werewolves – An Interview With Actress Sybil Danning
– A Monkey Phase – Interviews With Special Make-Up Effects Artists Steve Johnson And Scott Wheeler
– Behind The Scenes Footage (In HD – From Philippe Mora’s Archive)
– Alternate Opening And Alternate Ending (In HD – From Philippe Mora’s Archive)
– Theatrical Trailer
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 89%
Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf