Christopher Lee Saves Terrible "Howling II" By Not Being Terrible


After releasing its celebrated predecessor on Blu-ray, Scream Factory brings “Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf” into the world of high-definition. I don’t really know how much more clarity you need to take in what happens onscreen in this schlocky and entertainingly dismal film. As they’ve come to be known for, no matter how kooky or “so bad it’s good” a movie is, Scream Factory puts everything they’ve got into their product by packing it full of special features and new artwork.

In “Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf,” Ben White (Reb Brown) decides to help the enigmatic Stefan Crosscoe (Christopher Lee) fight the growing population of lupine monsters after his sister is turned into a werewolf and subsequently killed. They are joined by the lovely Jenny Templeton (Annie McEnroe). Traveling to Transylvania, Ben, Jenny and Crosscoe attempt to hunt down the powerful werewolf queen, Stirba (Sybil Danning), and must face her furry followers, as well as other supernatural forces.

Let me tell you a little story that might help illustrate what you can expect upon putting your eyes through such glorious agony. Sir Christopher Lee was cast as a scientist in “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” Director Joe Dante also helmed the original “The Howling.” It’s said that upon meeting Dante, Lee apologized to him for having anything to do with “Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf.”

“Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf” is rated R for sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. The sex scenes between werewolves gnashing their teeth and pawing all over themselves are the scariest and most disturbing part of the film.

What Scream Factory’s “Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf” lacks in production and quality values, it more than makes up for with bonus material. Two different audio commentaries are provided by Director Philippe Mora and Composer Steve Parsons and Editor Charles Bornstein.

New interviews are found with “Leading Man” Reb Brown and “Queen of the Werewolves” Sybil Danning. Interviews with Special Make Up Effects Artists Steve Johnson and Scott Wheeler are compiled in the “A Monkey Phase” featurette. We also get alternate versions of the opening and ending, behind-the-scenes footage, a theatrical trailer, and still gallery.

“Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf” is a fine example of one of the late great Sir Christopher Lee’s famous quotes. He said once, “Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.” He single-handedly saves the movie with his class and passion in the wake of the catastrophe. THIS is a terrible film made tolerable through giant chunks of cheese and some of the most shockingly inconsistent werewolf makeup I’ve ever gawked at. The movie is like a train wreck. You don’t want to look, but you know you have to.

“Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf” is available now on Blu-ray.