Joe Dante is a filmmaker that is near and dear to horror fans worldwide, especially those that grew up in the 1980’s. The programmers of the Fantasia International Film Festival also seem to agree (as published in the official press release), as they “…will be presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to adored US genre legend Joe Dante, a man whose inspired filmography has touched generations of cinephiles. From Piranha, The Howling, and the universally-beloved Gremlins films to Innerspace, Explorers, and his bold television work, Dante’s works are electric with witty personality and brim with innovative storytelling and a big-hearted affection for all things film.” Recent recipients of Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award include Guillermo del Toro, Takashi Miike, Ken Russell, Tobe Hooper, Jean Rollin, Andrzej Zulawski, Mamoru Oshii, John Landis, José Mojica Marins, Larry Cohen, and Ray Harryhausen.
The direct sequel to Joe Dante’s original The Howling film is set for release on May 31st in comic form from SpaceGoat Publishing entitled The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen.
The four issue limited series takes places directly after Karen White’s transformation on live television and her subsequent on-screen demise at the hands of Chris Halloran. According to Comixology, because of this, “Chris Halloran is having nightmares as he awaits trial for murder. Not in jail yet, Chris is conducting an investigation of his own: if he can prove the existence of werewolves, he might just have a chance at redemption—if only his witnesses would stop turning up dead.” read more
Summer of 2017 will see the release of Space Goat’s comic take on Joe Dante’s horror classic The Howling. The iconic werewolf movie, which starred one of the genres most legendary actresses, Dee Wallace, also featured John Carradine, Belinda Balaski and Robert Picardo. The film has remained a beloved staple of the werewolf sub-genre over the last three decades.
Penned by best-selling author and Blizzard Entertainment veteran, Micky Neilson, the comic series The Howling: Revenge of the Werewolf Queen will be a four-part mini-series and pick where the 1981 film left off. Given the fact six sequels followed, only time will tell where Neilson takes the story line as he is no stranger to the darker side of writing. With outings such as The Turning, as well as his work in the Warcraft series, expectations are high for horror comic fans. Art for the series will be supplied by Jason Johnson known for his work on Image’s Wetworks series and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairytales Presents: Godstorm. read more