The Howling: Reborn (2011) **
D: Joe Nimziki
C: Lindsey Shaw, Landon Liboiron, Ivana Milicevic, Erin Agostino, Kristian Hodko
Plot Synopsis: A teenager, on the eve of his high school graduation, discovers that he's really a werewolf. Will he succumb to a pack that wants him to give into his animal tendencies or will he be able to control them?
Review: Before I started watching The Howling: Reborn, one question came to mind. Was anyone actually clamoring for The Howling franchise to be reborn?!?
Diving into the film, we meet the usual characters. The best friend who loves horror films. The nice guy who's trying to find his path in life and the girl who seems out of the nice guy's league. Then comes the horror. Nice guy discovers that his mom isn't dead and is a werewolf meaning that he's a werewolf as well. Mom wants nice guy to join her werewolf pack. Nice guy doesn't want to due to mom's violent disposition. A brawl to the death ensures between mother & son.
The Howling: Reborn is well paced, competently made, competently acted, but there's nothing memorable about it. We've seen this type scenario play out dozens of times in dozens of other films. Howling II might have been plain out awful, but at least it had Sybil Danning outfitted in a variety of dominatrix related outfits partaking in a werewolf threesomes and ripping off her top to expose her breasts time and time again in the closing credits.
Howling III wasn't much better, but it at least had some laugh out loud moments and tried to put a different spin on werewolf mythology. Howling V was bland, but I liked the idea of a Ten Little Indians type mystery in a castle setting with werewolves.
The Howling: Reborn doesn't make any honest attempt at trying to separate itself from others of its kind. It goes through the motions and you can pretty much predict what's going to happen from scene to scene. The Howling: Reborn coasts on its title thinking that they'll provide it with distinction. It doesn't. [R] 90 mins.