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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare
Directed by John Hough
Produced by Harvey Goldsmith,
Steven A. Lane,
Avi Lerner,
Robert Pringle,
Edward Simons,
Harry Alan Towers,
Written by Gary Brandner (novel),
Freddie Rowe,
Clive Turner
Starring Romy Windsor,
Michael T. Weiss,
Antony Hamilton,
Susanne Severeid
Music by David George,
Barrie Guard,
Justin Hayward
Cinematography Godfrey A. Godar
Editing by Malcolm Burns-Errington,
Claudia Finkle
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 1988
Running time 94 min
Country US
Language English
Preceded by Howling III
Followed by Howling V: The Rebirth

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare is a 1988 direct-to-video horror film. It is a sequel to The Howling, and was directed by John Hough from a screenplay by Freddie Rowe and Clive Turner, this is the first Howling film distributed by Warner Bros.. [1]

It stars Romy Windsor, Michael T. Weiss, Antony Hamilton, Susanne Severeid, and Lamya Derval. International Video Entertainment (IVE) released this film directly to home video in 1988. Platinum Disc Corporation released it to DVD in 2004. It was filmed on location in South Africa.


Plot summary

Marie Adams, a successful author, visits the scenic woodland town of Drago with her husband Richard to find respite from constant nightmare visions involving werewolves and a mysterious nun. Marie's stay in the village does nothing to dispel the visions, which increase in frequency and seem to suggest strange portents of evil events to come...and a warning to get out of town before the next full moon.


This film has not generally been well received by horror fans due to little on-screen werewolf activity. Fangoria awarded the film it's 1988 Golden Chainsaw award for Best Direct-to-Video Feature.


This film's story bears a close resemblance to the plot of the first film, and in fact is a much more faithful adaptation of Gary Brandner's original Howling novel than the original film. It does, however, differ in some key ways, for example; character names are changed (presumably due to them having been used in the original film) and Max Quist, a rapist who is the catalyst for the events of the original The Howling novel and inspiration for the character of Eddie Quist in the original The Howling film is not featured by any name in this film. Instead, Marie's trauma is left ambiguous, though it is suggested that her visions are supernatural.


Co-writer Clive Turner also stars in the film as a tow truck driver. Turner also worked on the subsequent Howling V: The Rebirth and wrote and directed the final film in the "Howling" series, Howling: New Moon Rising.


The film's theme song "Something Evil, Something Dangerous" was performed by Justin Hayward, singer of The Moody Blues.

External links


  1. ^ Variety film review; 23 November 1988


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