“Howling V: The Rebirth,” was released in 1989 and was directed by Neal Sundstrom. It’s part of the “Howling” series one of the more popular werewolf film series. Basically the film is about a Count who invites a group of people to his castle and one by one they are being attacked my a werewolf that is in the castle.
“Howling V,” was actually a very interesting mystery that has the themes of Agatha Christie’s novel, “And Then There Were None.” The viewer is given a list of suspects on who can be the werewolf and must figure out who is wiping out everyone. You have a diverse group of characters, one’s a writer, another is a famous actress, and so on. They all bounded by one thing, which you’ll learn in the film on what that one thing is.
In reality wasn’t actually thinking this movie would be that great. The fifth sequel of something isn’t always the most desirable movie but actually, “Howling V,” was quite interesting and the backdrop of being in the castle really helped the movie. Almost the whole movie takes place in the ancient castle and that makes the movie feel secluded and the characters even more helpless. It’s a “Shining” version with werewolves since they are stuck in their because of an snowstorm.
The acting isn’t terrible, each star gives something to the story. You’ll either love one or hate one. The Count, he is that one character where you feel like he’s intrusting but then throughout the movie, it makes you wonder. The other characters too, they seemed innocent enough but you know something isn’t right. First while watching it, the thought rose in my head, did the Count just want to feed his werewolves? That’s a question to answer yourself and watch the movie to see what’s really going on at the castle.
Called also like the film, “The Beast Must Die,” since it has the same presence, personally this was a lot better if you compare them. It appeared that the cast and director equally tried to keep the audience guessing and make the most on the budget they had. They made it more into a mystery thriller than just as a werewolf horror film. Who is the werewolf plagues the movies and where do the werewolves come from? It’s not a smart thriller obviously but it keeps interest enough to the end.
While it may just be an opinion but this fifth movie of the “Howling” series isn’t terrible. It’s quite good and deserves to get at least 3 stars. It has a great ending too. So it’s currently on Netflix to watch and if one hasn’t seen it, try it out and see if it’s a desirable film to be in the series. For really being number 5, it could have been ten times worse.