Howling II – Your Sister Is a Werewolf

Customers led to expect a werewolf pic in the tradition of Joe Dante's invigorating The Howling are in for a disappointment; this is a generally lackluster horror item [based on the novel Howling II by Gary Brandner].

With:
Christopher Lee Annie McEnroe Reb Brown Marsha A. Hunt Sybil Danning Ferdy Mayne

Customers led to expect a werewolf pic in the tradition of Joe Dante’s invigorating The Howling are in for a disappointment; this is a generally lackluster horror item [based on the novel Howling II by Gary Brandner].

Tale opens with the funeral of a femme newsperson; in attendance is Christopher Lee as an expert on werewolves. He advises that the dead woman was such a creature, and is joined by her brother (Reb Brown) and colleague (Annie McEnroe) on a trip to Transylvania to destroy the werewolf queen (Sybil Danning), who is actually Lee’s sister.

Despite fancy editing tricks and a few touches of grim humor, suspense is woefully lacking, as Danning is an unformidable villain (she looks as though she’s stepped out of a soft-core sex pic) and the plot development is strictly by-the-numbers. Apart from a few moments shot in LA, pic was lensed in Czechoslovakia, but relatively little is made of the settings. Lee brings a tired authority to the role.

Howling II - Your Sister Is a Werewolf

Production: Hemdale/Granite. Dir Philippe Mora; Producer Steven Lane; Screenplay Robert Sarno, Gary Brandner; Camera Geoffrey Stephenson; Editor Charles Bernstein; Music Steve Parsons Art Dir Karel Vacer

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Christopher Lee Annie McEnroe Reb Brown Marsha A. Hunt Sybil Danning Ferdy Mayne

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