A few months back IT and IT: Chapter Two director Andy Muschietti said he’d like the chance to update Gremlins and The ‘Burbs director Joe Dante’s werewolf classic The Howling. And today we hear that he has been confirmed to direct a new take on the novel for Netflix.
The original film begins in Los Angeles and centers on a television journalist played by Dee Wallace who is traumatized in the course of aiding the police in their arrest of a serial murderer. Her doctor recommends that she attend an isolated psychiatric retreat led by Dr. George Waggner (Patrick Macnee). But while she is undergoing therapy, her colleague Chris (Dennis Dugan), investigates the bizarre circumstances surrounding her shock. When his work leads him to suspect the supernatural, he begins to fear for Karen’s life. Then werewolves show up.
The Howling was directed by Joe Dante and produced by Michael Finnell and Jack Conrad from a screenplay written by John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless based on the novel by Gary Brandner. It starred Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone, and Belinda Balaski. Embassy Pictures released it back on March 13, 1981.
The original film holds an impressive 70% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: The Howling packs enough laughs into its lycanthropic carnage to distinguish it from other werewolf entries, with impressive visual effects adding some bite.