Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985) ***
D: Philippe Mora
C: Christopher Lee, Sybil Danning, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown, Marsha Hunt, Judd Omen, Ferdy Mayne, Patrick Field, Jimmy Nail
Plot Synopsis: A young man whose sister was murdered by werewolves helps an investigator track down a gang of the monsters through the United States and Europe.
Review: Back during its initial release, critics & audiences were looking for a straight sequel to the original horror classic The Howling. However, the plot makes it pretty obvious that this isn't it. It, more or less, concerns a group of people in Transylvania out to stop a werewolf army (headed by Sybil Danning) from taking over the world.
That group of people are headed by Christopher Lee. They're a wooden lot with Lee turning in perhaps the most lifeless performance of his career, out of over 275 credits. However, they contribute to the overall entertainment value as they're the straight man for the outrageous plot & shenanigans. There's Sybil Danning. She commits to playing this werewolf leader / warrior in an audacious performance. If Danning's performance had been in service of a mainstream action film, in which she was the villain, people would've been proclaiming it a classic, but since this is Howling II, Danning would have to settle for cult classic status. It also doesn't hurt that Danning partakes in a werewolf threesome and wears some of the tightest, sexiest, most form fitting S&M gear to ever grace a movie screen.
In between, there's werewolf action. There also happens to be witchcraft & sorcery. How witchcraft & sorcery figure into a werewolf movie is beyond me, but it does make for an eye catching experience. The pacing rarely lags, the locations evoke a sense of Transylvania, the sets & decoration sell you on this primitive world where witchcraft & sorcery ruled and they're able to give this a modern edge with not only sex & violence, but with punk music & up tempo soundtrack selections that would be fitting in a club located in LA during the 80's.
However, the icing on the cake is the end credit's sequence. Like the Vanessa Williams' song, they saved the best for last. With that said, I'm NOT going to spoil it for anyone that hasn't seen it. I will say that the end credit's sequence is the greatest end credit's sequence in the history of horror cinema, in the history of film, in the history of mankind. Hell, in the history of the planet Earth!!!
As a responsible film critic, I should tell you that Howling II isn't a film of great depth, meaning, nuance, substance or anything of that sort. This isn't a film with Oscar worthy production values. This isn't defensible in any logical way. After all, the plot is completely preposterous, but would you expect anything less of a film that deals with werewolves, witchcraft & sorcery, that stars Sybil Danning and takes place in Transylvania?
This is what a lot of people would consider a bad movie, but what kind of reason is that not for checking this out? If it was outright awful and dull would be one. Howling II might be a lot of things, but boring isn't one of them. [R] 91 minutes.
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