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77






Studio and Year: Anchor Bay Films - 2011
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 92 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Lindsey Shaw, Landon Liboiron, Ivana Milicevic
Directed by: Joe Nimziki
Music by: Christopher Carmichael & Mark Anthony Yaeger
Written by: Joe Nimziki & James Robert Johnston
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: October 18, 2011







"Full Moon. New Blood."



Film Synopsis:

In this chilling reboot of the ‘80s horror classic, Landon Liboiron of “Terra Nova” stars as high school senior Will Kidman, whose infatuation with a beautiful classmate (Lindsey Shaw of “Pretty Little Liars” and “10 Things I Hate About You”) begins to trigger certain teenage animal instincts. But when a mysterious woman (Ivana Milicevic of Casino Royale) with a shocking secret re-enters his life, Will learns that he is heir to a powerful line of werewolves. Now he finds he has a choice to make: succumbing to his primal nature or turning against his own. In order to fight the destiny of his legacy and save the girl of his dreams, he must battle not only his growing blood lust but an army of fearsome beasts hell-bent on killing us all. Tonight, the full moon rises. The horror begins anew. This is THE HOWLING REBORN.


My Take:

High School student Will Kidman breaks out of his shell and finally hooks-up with the girl he has been crushing on for a long time. Finally talking to Eliana opens his life up as he discovers a dark secret from his past...Guess what it is? He is a Werewolf! It's like Twilight and Teen Wolf had a baby that took itself too seriously. Will must fight his primal urges to save the girl, end his bloodline and defeat the (insert Lost Boys reference) head Werewolf. By doing this he can stop a plot to get the Werewolves out of the proverbial closet to takeover the human race.

I was hoping for something dark and disturbing like Joe Dante's (Gremlins) original The Howling. I would have had fun with something as strange and out of left field as Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch (also known as Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf) was, or even the so terrible it's a guilty pleasure of the Howling III: The Marsupials. But "The Howling Reborn" was just bad. It was a whining, annoying, weirdly paced wanna-be Twilight Saga rip-off that didn't even have the balls to pay homage to Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London) and Rob Bottin's (The Thing 1981) Werewolf designs by having a cool, transformation. In-fact, we hardly see the Werewolves until the end and a few look like bad Werewolf/Leprechaun hybrids. It was all bad.




Parental Guide:

Rated R for horror violence, some sexuality and drug use.





AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 74



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Video: 80



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"The Howling Reborn" limps its way to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay Entertainment & Starz featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34.8 mbps and Dolby TrueHD sound that has an average bitrate of 3.5 mbps

"The Howling Reborn" Is a sub-par looking release by the usual top-tier Anchor Bay. The video, shot in HD has quite a bit of noise, especially in overly dark areas as well as bright portions, and banding was evident way too many times. The overall look is a bit dull, with less details then expected. At-least the color palette was very natural, as were flesh-tones. Blacks, when not focusing on the noise, were super inky and had nice details on shadows. Audio wise, it was a pretty tame affair. The film was quite the talky, with way too much lackluster narration from out protagonist. The annoying thing is that the level between the dialogue and soundtrack seemed off, with the former being a bit too low. There was not too much in the way of effect channels and LFE either. In the obligatory underground rave scene, the bass did thump, but it was lacking during the werewolf scenes...where it counts.




Bonus Features:


  • Feature Commentary With Writer/Director Joe Nimziki and Actress Lindsey Shaw

  • (HD) The Making Of The Howling Reborn

  • (HD) Storyboard Gallery




Final Thoughts:

"The Howling Reborn" is like "Twilight" and "Teen Wolf" had a baby that took itself too seriously. There is no awesome transformation scene, which is what ALL werewolf movies need! It is just another straight to video Howling film and the eighth in a series that has not had a decent sequel since the first film in 1981! The Video presentation is mediocre at best and the extras features are limited to a making of. I really recommend a pass on this one.





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Wow! Thanks for taking the bullet on this one. I kinda got the vibe you described from this movie JUST LOOKING AT THE BOX IN THE STORE!
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Thanks for the review Lee. I was sort of hoping you would review this one as I was thinking about giving this a spin, but based on your review I will skip it.
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There have been EIGHT damn Howling movies???
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I saw the trailer. Looks like that New Moon stuff. Teenage love werewolf stuff.
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There have been EIGHT damn Howling movies???

Damn! Didn't even realize there were so many remakes and copycats out there for this movie. Studio should take notes...no more remakes please!
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Damn! Didn't even realize there were so many remakes and copycats out there for this movie. Studio should take notes...no more remakes please!

lol, I agree! Have they seriously been making money on all these films? I vaguely remember a Howling II, but had NO idea there were eight frickin films in this series...
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lol, I agree! Have they seriously been making money on all these films? I vaguely remember a Howling II, but had NO idea there were eight frickin films in this series...

Gary Brandner had his hand in most of them, if I remember correctly, above and beyond being a writer.

I don't think he was the horror genius a lot of people give him credit for. Even the first movie had a kind of trippy vibe to it (Dee Wallace's on-air transformation at the end), and the new ones just took that further, but not to their credit, I think.

They had some decent ideas (the marsupial werewolves) but the execution was poorly done. (I've watched them all, up til now, but I'll probably pass on Twi-Howl).

If you need a Howling fix, catch the original in (HD-lite) on Netflix.

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Gary Brandner had his hand in most of them, if I remember correctly, above and beyond being a writer.

I don't think he was the horror genius a lot of people give him credit for. Even the first movie had a kind of trippy vibe to it (Dee Wallace's on-air transformation at the end), and the new ones just took that further, but not to their credit, I think.

They had some decent ideas (the marsupial werewolves) but the execution was poorly done. (I've watched them all, up til now, but I'll probably pass on Twi-Howl).

If you need a Howling fix, catch the original in (HD-lite) on Netflix.

Wow, a tried and true fan of the franchise! Thanks for sharing that, man, that's pretty interesting stuff. I actually have a funny story about the original Howling. When the original film came out I was just a kid. Every blue moon, my mom, dad, and I would hit the drive-in theater for a bond flick or some other film that my father could tolerate (he's not a big movie buff).

Anyway, I was sort of bored by whatever movie we were watching, so I asked my dad if I could get in the back of the station wagon and play with some of the star wars toys I brought with me. (It was the seat that faced rearward in those old station wagons.) My dad noticed that it was possible to see the screen across the way that was showing another film, which just happened to be The Howling. He told me I could play in the back of the car as long as I promised not to look over at the other screen since he knew it was a rated R film. Of course, I agreed!

So even though I was a good kid and I listened pretty well for the most part, I also can't resist a dare from time to time, and quite frankly I was sort of daring myself to take a glance. I looked over, and...no biggie...nothing was going on. I got bored with that and started playing with my toys again. A few minutes later I didn't even realize I was watching the other screen again when all of a sudden something went down that SCARED THE BEJEEZUS out of me....I ended up being completely traumatized by it and I couldn't sleep for days!

Maybe subconsciously that's why I've never revisited the franchise! lol
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