Monday, November 7, 2011

Howling II (Philippe Mora, 1985)

If there is one thing to be learned from Howling II it is this: werewolves love the titties. Perhaps as much as director Philippe Mora. There are titties everywhere in this movie, some seemingly out of place. One definitely out of place when new "survival of the clan" werewolf, Mariana (Marsha A. Hunt), is presented to the werewolf queen, Stirba (Sybil Danning), with one breast pulled out of the top of her dress. Not both.

Aside from the pulchritude of breasts, we have a decent vampire movie. Did I say "vampire" movie? Why yes, I did. Maybe that is because these particular werewolves, particularly Mariana and Stirba, cannot be slain with silver bullets but rather a titanium stake thrust through the heart. Stirba also has the need to maintain her youth and bountiful bosom by sucking the souls from young, shapely girls, a la Elizabeth Bathory. Stirba also has many magical powers, many of which are more typically attributed to vampires. Oh, and a bat totem... Well, no one ever accused the Howling series of being true to werewolf lore, now did they?

Otherwise, it is a decent romp. Christopher Lee is in it, which certainly helps. Danning is impressive in her weird garb and furry nakedness. Marsha Hunt is pretty breathtaking at times. There is a big werewolf orgy, which I imagine makes sense, and a killer dwarf thrown in for good measure.

One oddity. Well, one I am going to mention. You know how when a word is said repeatedly for a decent amount of time, say five minutes, and it loses it meaning and just becomes noise? Well prior to the credits they show a montage of scenes from the film, accompanied by the one song the producers paid for, and they show Sybil Danning ripping off her shirt about thirty times. While I will admit to enjoying a topless Sybil Danning, eventually it just got silly. I think the producers realized they only showed her topless once, save those times whilst covered in fur, and thought they'd better get the most out of it/them. Eventually they stop being naked breasts and start being a reminder of just how long the montage is going on.


Tim Knight said...

All I can ever remember from this film is Sybil Danning.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Well, you certainly remember one of the best aspects. I have read that Christopher Lee apologized to the original Howling director, Joe Dante, for doing the second film :-)

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