The Howling: Reborn, possibly most people will see this offering is simply an attempt to cash in on those who are a fan of the Twilight series.
The movie has an added romance storyline which just seems completely unnecessary. This attempt to reboot and re-launch the movie franchise is a complete failure. This latest movie from the series seems to not know whether it is a romance or a horror movie.
Will, is the leading character in the film. He is a loser who seems to be completely ignored by the girl he admires as well as the other people in its class. Just before he leaves school he talks to the girl and they form a connection. Just as he thinks his life is getting a bit better he is attacked at a party by something he did not believe was real; a werewolf. Now he realises that these creatures he previously thought with fictional are real and that he in fact might be one.
The movie is incredibly similar to Twilight, its cheesy introduction and strained narration adds nothing to the film. Romance scenes run throughout the movie and seemed to disrupt any tension that the film successfully creates.
The dialogue in the movie is poor and the scriptwriters don’t seem to know whether they were writing for a serious horror movie audience or for teenagers. At the end of the movie were actually treated to some fairly decent action but just as the audience is getting into this we go back to our two main characters getting to know each other.
The movie is not without its positives, once the werewolves had transformed they were very impressive. However, the original Howling movie was known for its scenes depicting the transformation of human into werewolf. This movie seems to barely touch on it and the transformation is completed with a few seconds of computer graphics.
The movie has been rated R in the US and many people who see this film will wonder why. As a horror movie goes it’s very tame, there are no bad language, no nudity, and certainly no gore. It’s understandable that the movie had no time to fit this in because it spends too much time showing the various characters staring at each, often while being partly undressed.
The movie is nothing more than an attempt for the makers to try and make some cash off the back of the Twilight franchise. It has almost no horror in it at all, it is more a stringing together of pointless romance scenes, poor scripting, and poorly created villains.