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The Howling III: The Marsupials
Directed by Philippe Mora
Produced by Steven A. Lane,
Robert Pringle,
Edward Simons,
Philippe Mora,
Charles Waterstreet
Written by Gary Brandner,
Philippe Mora
Starring Barry Otto,
Imogen Annesley,
Leigh Biolos,
Ralph Cotterill
Music by Allan Zavod
Cinematography Louis Irving
Editing by Lee Smith
Distributed by Bacannia Entertainment
Release date(s) 1987
Running time 94 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Preceded by Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch
Followed by Howling IV: The Original Nightmare

Howling III (also known as Howling III: The Marsupials and Marsupials: The Howling III) is a 1987 Australian horror sequel to The Howling, directed by Howling II director Philippe Mora and filmed on location in Sydney, Australia.

Although Gary Brandner approved the director's purchase of the right to the name The Howling, the film is unrelated to Gary Brandner's The Howling III: Echoes novel, published in 1985. It does feature some small amount of similarity in terms of plot and sympathetic view of the werewolf. (This aspect would be revisited in Howling VI: The Freaks).

Plot summary

Howling III: The Marsupials is about a scientist involved with a cult of Australian werewolves via his love interest. The plot line is based on the premise of Australian werewolves descended from the now extinct Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, a marsupial carnivore which was hunted to extinction by Australian farmers to protect their sheep.


  • The film is spoofed in a 1991 episode of The Simpsons where Space Mutants V has the Space Mutants having marsupial variants with pouches.
  • This film is considered a stand-alone film in the Howling series. Despite director Philippe Mora also directing Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch, this film features no references or characters from the previous two films. The werewolves in this film are also portrayed more sympathetically. However, this sequel could also be said to be the most faithful to Joe Dante's original The Howling, as it features a similar tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and references to previous werewolf media and its ending could be seen as a parody of the earlier film's (in The Howling, a character transforms into a werewolf on live TV and no one believes it, in Howling III a very similar thing happens and everyone believes it).
  • This film is the only entry in the series to have a PG-13 rating by the MPAA (Films 1-2 and 4-7 are Rated R).

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