Ten Things You Might Not Know about … The Howling!

10.  Forrest J Ackerman appears in the book shop carrying a copy of his magazine “Famous Monsters of Filmland”.

9.  The following characters are named after werewolf movie directors: George Waggner, Roy William Neill, Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Erle C. Kenton, Sam Newfield,     Charles Barton, Jerry Warren, Lew Landers and Jacinto Molina

8.  Art director Robert A. Burns had previously worked on the sets for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In fact many of the grisly set dressings for this film were hold-               overs from “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

7.  The book Bill is reading in bed is “You Can’t Go Home Again” by Thomas Wolfe.

6.  Robert Picardo improvised the line “I want to give you a piece of my mind.” before pulling out a chunk of his brain.

5.  Roger Corman cameos as the man waiting to use the phone box after Dee Wallace.

4.  The climactic transformation had to be done all in closeup because the film had exceeded its budget by then, and it had to be shot in an office because they had no                money for sets anymore.

3.  Originally, Rick Baker was doing the special effects for the film, but he left the production to do An American Werewolf in London. Baker left the effects job for this                film in the hands of assistant Rob Bottin.

2.  Dee Wallace was so uncomfortable in the porn shop scene that the discomfort on her face can be clearly seen.

1.  This film and Howling IV: The Original Nightmare are both based on the same novel by Gary Brandner. “Howling IV: The Original Nightmare” actually represents the            more faithful adaptation of the book than this film does.

 

William Burns
Staff Writer at Horror News Network

Bill Burns joined the Horror News Network staff in 2014. Bill Burns grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, the second Golden Age of Horror. His mind was warped by John Carpenter, H.P. Lovecraft, In Search Of…, and the Man, Myth, and Magic series of books.


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