Saturday, January 31, 2015

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)

aka Howling II: Stirba, She-Bitch

How bad is it? Terrible, but not as bad as it's reputation purports.
Should you see it? Yes, if only for Sybil Danning's outfits.

There are people who put Philippe Mora in the collection of worst directors and usually use this film as their prime example. He's made some pretty good films as well as some awful ones and claims that he had no artistic control over this one and that he made up for it in (the adequate) Howling III. Christopher Lee plays a psychic wolf expert (just go with it) who teams up with a girl and her boyfriend to hunt for vampires, leading them to Transylvania, where their queen Sybil Danning, 10000 years old, is about to start a werewolf revolt. Danning's body is the main focus of the film and she wears the most jaw-dropping outfit of her career - and that's saying something - and also a fur body suit. She does a topless scene, for which she probably was paid about half of the film's budget, and the closing credits show it again with reaction shots.  The film has S&M wolves, werewolf orgies, a gargoyle-like monster and titanium bullets (mere silver won't work). The film has no energy, no style, no wit and even the transformations are given little screen time. Still, Danning's topless and that's why the film exists.

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