The Howling

The Howling (1981)

Imagine your worst fear a reality

  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 1981-01-21
  • User Rating: 6.5/10 from 564 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 31min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: AVCO Embassy Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Joe Dante
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After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.


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  • Dee Wallace

    as Karen White
  • Patrick Macnee

    as Dr. George Waggner
  • Dennis Dugan

    as Chris
  • Christopher Stone

    as R. William 'Bill' Neill
  • Belinda Balaski

    as Terry Fisher
  • Kevin McCarthy

    as Fred Francis
  • John Carradine

    as Erle Kenton
  • Slim Pickens

    as Sam Newfield
  • Elisabeth Brooks

    as Marsha Quist
  • Robert Picardo

    as Eddie Quist
  • Margie Impert

    as Donna
  • Noble Willingham

    as Charlie Barton
  • James Murtaugh

    as Jerry Warren
  • Jim McKrell

    as Lew Landers
  • Meshach Taylor

    as Shantz
  • Forrest J. Ackerman

    as Bookstore Customer
  • Robert A. Burns

    as Porn Store Patron
  • Jonathan Kaplan

    as Gas Station Attendant
  • John Sayles

    as Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
  • Roger Corman

    as Man in Phone Booth
  • Kenneth Tobey

    as Older Cop
  • Dick Miller

    as Walter Paisley - Bookstore Owner
  • Don McLeod

    as T.C. Quist
  • Bill Sorrells

    as Kline
  • Ivan Saric

    as Jack Molina
  • Steve Nevil

    as Young Cop
  • Sarina C. Grant

    as Hooker
  • Wendell Wright

    as Man at Bar
Editing Mark Goldblatt Editor
Directing Joe Dante Director
Editing Joe Dante Editor
Production Michael Finnell Producer
Camera John Hora Director of Photography
Production Susan Arnold Casting
Costume & Make-Up Rick Baker Makeup Artist
Sound Pino Donaggio Original Music Composer
Production Judith Weiner Casting
Crew Greg Cannom Makeup Effects
Art Ivo Cristante Property Master
Production Steven A. Lane Executive Producer
Production Daniel H. Blatt Executive Producer
Directing Jack Cummins First Assistant Director
Writing Gary Brandner Novel
Writing Terence H. Winkless Screenplay
Production Jack Conrad Producer
Art Robert A. Burns Art Direction
Writing John Sayles Screenplay
Directing Jeanne Rosenberg Script Supervisor
Visual Effects Peter Kuran Visual Effects
Production Rob Bottin Associate Producer
Costume & Make-Up Rob Bottin Makeup Effects Designer
Crew Roger Creed Stunt Coordinator
Visual Effects David Allen Visual Effects
Art Steven Legler Set Designer
Costume & Make-Up Nancy G. Fox Wardrobe Supervisor
Sound Natale Massara Conductor
Costume & Make-Up Jack Buehler Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Gigi Williams Makeup & Hair
Production David C. Thomas Production Manager
Lighting Roger Sassen Best Boy Electric
Camera Laurel Moore Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Josephine Turner Wigmaker
Sound Douglas Vaughan Boom Operator
Camera Norman Cattell First Assistant Camera
Lighting John Murray Gaffer
Camera Kurt Young Key Grip
Crew Joe Beserra Makeup Effects
Costume & Make-Up Bill Davis Assistant Makeup Artist