Saturday, March 25, 2006

HOWLING V: The Rebirth

Fangs, Claws and Flaws

I was pleasantly surprised from the very beginning of this film. Howling V, I thought would be direct-to-dvd nonsense. But it has good direction trapped within the constraints of a tiny budget, most of the budget being spent on the location. Neal Sundstrom directed it in beautiful Budapest, inside a castle. The things this flawed film has going for it are, a brilliant opening sequence set in ancient times, an excellent innovative score and its location, with many beautiful snow-filled shots outside of the castle (maybe it was CGI). The acting is uneven as usual, Victoria Caitlin and Mary Stavin are my favorites. The typical dumb blonde girl is played by Elisabeth She. And the ending, most people would not figure the mystery out.


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