The Howling tells the tale of a local legend named Rathbone (Jon-Paul Gates), an eternal being whom some believe to be a mad scientist who has experimented in creating creatures they believe to have spotted through blurred images and shadows in the woods.
Sophia (Maria Austin), intrigued by the legend, is convinced by Jason (Eirik Knutsvik) to investigate the nearby woods to try and find more to the story. Along with their friend Kirsty (Tiffany-Ellen Robinson) the trio embark into an adventure they soon wont forget.
As night falls, they find themselves lost in the woods, only to stumble upon Rathbone’s mysterious estate and all the horror and mystery it houses.
The Howling was a very well made horror film that pays homage to a lot of cult classic films. It was a smart call to film this movie in black and white. The shadows added a fantastic visual interest as to what could be lurking just around the corners and it is juxtaposed with bright whites creating a visually intriguing film.
Writer/Director Steven M. Smith does a good job of creating and interesting story with well executed twists. There is a scene in this film which fills us in on a bit of back-story between Rathbone and his wife (Elizabeth Saint) that is shot impeccably and conveyed great emotion with such little dialogue.
There are numerous fantastic aerial and establishing shots throughout which I could only assume is in credit to the Cinematographer Alex Harrison and the Director.
Where this film falters a little is that it does fall into some clichéd tropes like the group splitting up, a creepy henchman, cell phones not working, and a female character running through the woods in a bra and underwear, which took me out of the film when the poor actress had to run around with her arm across her chest to keep her breasts from falling out of her bra.
Overall, The Howling is very well made film with a great old-school cult classic vibe that is wonderfully shot and keeps the mystery and intrigue going throughout the film with some great twists along the way. It is only elevated by the black and white styling and a great score.
The Howling is now available.