christopher lee, Gary Brandner, lycanthrope, Philippe Mora, Sybil Danning, the howling, Werewolf, Werewolf movies
Crazed lycanthropes. Check.
A Wiccan cult lead by a vivacious vamp. Check.
A random dwarf. Err…Check.
And Christopher Lee donning some awesome shades whilst blending into a night club scene. Hell yes.
French born, Australian film director, Philippe Mora takes the original movie, based on the Gary Brandner novels, takes it by the scruff of the mane and literally shakes the living shit out of it, so that it’s hardly recognisable anymore.
There is a notion that sequels are made to improve upon or enhance a franchise, but here, Mora takes the essence of the original and adds his unique flavour to the mix.
With Sybil Danning serving as his muse by playing the enchantress, Stirba, Howling 2 is a feast on the eyes and plays with your senses.
It’s an acquired taste that has gained a cult following as a result.
And would mark a strange and interesting direction that would prove to not be the last of the franchise, nor the last time that Mora would return to the director’s chair, as he would steer the follow up, Howling III: The Marsupials.
Check out more in the Full Moon Sessions podcast below to get the point of view from The Surgeons.
- “Howling Mad Moon” MacGuire