When three villagers turn up dead in the town of Leovich in Siberia, Russia, the National Intelligence Agency in Russia declares that the murders were committed by Werewolves. The President of The United States (Michael Pate) brings Harry Beckmeyer (Barry Otto), a sociology professor at the University of San Andreas, and his old friend Professor Sharp (Ralph Cotterill) to Washington to help explain the Russian's claims that Werewolves exist.
Yep, it's time to delve back into the world of The Howling. Where we last left off, I had just survived the horrors of Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf, a film so wretched even Christopher Lee and Sybil Danning's breasts couldn't salvage it. I won't go into detail about that film again (I prefer not to relive that experience, thank you), but it was a world-shattering disaster of epic proportions. And that's putting it nicely.
Barry Otto is a four-time AFI (Australian Film Institute) Award nominee for his works in films like Strictly Ballroom, Bliss and Cosi. Other than Howling III, I only know him as Frank Castle's cohort Shake in The Punisher with Dolph Lundgren. Well, everyone's allowed a bad performance here and there, because Otto gives just that; what's frustrating is that it feels like Otto could've been in that "so bad, he's good" level of acting, but he restrains himself too much here. Given his character's storyline, Otto needed to be more of the mad scientist, rather than mild-mannered hippie. Everyone else will be leaving this movie off their resume; Leigh Biolos is a dry love interest for Jerboa, Max Fairchild is unevenly goofy and sinister and Dasha Blahova's facial expressions will make you howl in agony.
That being said, I'd like to point out that this is not a straight-faced horror movie. Mora is clearly trying to make a satirical horror film; there's various references to pop culture, Jerboa is acting in a horror movie sequel, she and Donny go to see a Werewolf movie, It Came From Uranus, drag queen Barry Humphries makes a cameo appearance, and when the President learns that Beckmeyer has fallen in love with a Werewolf, he's relieved to hear it's a female Werewolf. Furthermore, I'd like to remind everyone that The Howling satirized self-help gurus and the conventions of Werewolf movies.
Next Up: October 22nd: American Psycho (2000)