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Joe Dante’s The Howling has had a 4K restoration

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Joe Dante’s horror classic THE HOWLING, STUDIOCANAL has announced a brand new 4K restoration of the 1981 contemporary tale of timeless horror. Available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-Ray, DVD and Steelbook editions from the 25th October 2021. Starring Dee Wallace (E.T), Patrick MacNee (THE AVENGERS) and Dennis Duggan (PARENTHOOD), Dante’s classic satiric werewolf horror is an absolute must-see! Pre-order the Collectors Edition here.

Karen West narrowly escapes death at a rendez-vous she has deliberately accepted with a murderer whose name is Eddie. He is shot by the police. After this, the young woman begins to have nightmares and goes to a therapy centre with her husband Roy. But instead of getting better, she gets worse and her relationship with her husband deteriorates. When Roy is attacked by an unidentified animal, his personality and behaviour begin to change…

With THE HOWLING, director Joe Dante (GREMLINS, INNERSPACE) and screenwriter John Sayles (LONE STAR, PASSION FISH) created a unique horror shocker loosely based on part one of author Gary Brandner’s trilogy of novels. The film took the genre of werewolf horror to a whole new level, with its dark atmosphere, pointed irony and elaborately modelled special effects and make-up by Rob Bottin (ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL). The film received a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film in 1980.

Commenting on the restoration, director Joe Dante said “I can honestly say this 4K restoration is the best The Howling has looked since it came out of the lab in 1980 – maybe better. I’m happy to have it back in circulation at last.”

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