The Howling 2: Your Sister is a Werewolf (51)
Steven A. Lane
Robert Sarno and
Marsha Hunt and
Hemdale Film Corporation and Granite Productions
August 28, 1985
The Howling II is a horror film from director Philippe Mora. The movie is cluttered with issues that a rookie director might find an excuse for. Unfortunately, Mora had directed seven films before this one. He even worked with Christopher Lee once. That confused me. It astonished me to know that this was based on a novel by Gary Brandner. I'd love to read it. The flick was so schlocky. I thought it was so poor it ran back around to being compelling.
The beginning ties into the first Howling. Werewolves are living among humans all over the world. Stefan Crosscoe (Christopher Lee), is an apparent expert on werewolves. He finds a modest band of amateurs willing to end the werewolf invasion. These including Ben White (Reb Brown) and Jenny Templeton (Annie McEnroe). Ben is related to Karen White. Karen is the main character from the initial film. Jenny being Karen’s colleague. They go to Transylvania to stop Serba the Werewolf Queen (Sybil Danning) from establishing a werewolf army to take over the world.
The picture looked like it was based more on Dracula than it was on werewolves. Maybe it was just the eastern European local. But it reeked of vampires. It was filmed in Czechoslovakia, some parts of Los Angeles. The movie was expected to be a comedy film with horror elements. Unfortunately, situations altered. The editors focused more on horror than humor, and It showed. The production comes off cheap. It's plagued with terrible acting, writing, editing and adapting.
What is going on with the titles? We have, The Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, The Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch, The Howling II: She-Wolf and even just, The Howling II. The casting’s all over the place. How did Sir Christopher Lee find his way onto this feature? Reb Brown was dull. The acting is generally rough. Sir Christopher was completely under-utilized. He could have been the best part. When he isn’t trying to look cool, he looks depressed to be part of the production.
It’s not all rotten. The movie teeters on the edge of being exploitation. The ending credits have the Sybil Danning ripping her shirt off and baring her breasts on repeat seventeen times! It's timed to the beat of the end credit music! The filmmakers had a big set of balls. It's great and all. But it’s egregious. YouTuber JonTron does an amazing bit on this part of the film. Check it out below.
That leads me to the music. It’s badass. The filmmakers had found a slightly known band called Babel. They performed “The Howling” and it was played numerous times throughout the picture. Scenes of them playing are interwoven into a few scenes. It made parts of the film look like a rock video.
I genuinely liked this flick. I can see myself re-watching it. It may be poor, but at least it pleases you. The characters are fully retro. The brilliant colored hair and eccentric clothing is just too perfect. And the werewolves look awful. It all serves as part of the appeal. Where else are you going to have Sybil Danning bearing her tits over nineteen times? Do yourself a favor and sit down with a group of friends. I expect you might like it. Also, please watch The Howling.