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Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988)

R | | Horror | Video November 1988
A successful author moves to a small town after suffering a mental breakdown and is tormented by demons and werewolves.

Directors:

John Hough, Clive Turner (uncredited)

Writers:

Gary Brandner (novels), Clive Turner (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Windsor ... Marie Adams
Michael T. Weiss ... Richard Adams
Antony Hamilton ... Tom Billings
Susanne Severeid ... Janice Hatch
Lamya Derval Lamya Derval ... Eleanor
Norman Anstey Norman Anstey ... Sheriff
Kate Edwards Kate Edwards ... Mrs. Ormstead
Dennis Folbigge Dennis Folbigge ... Dr. Coombes
Anthony James Anthony James ... Father Camefron
Dale Cutts Dale Cutts ... Dr. Heinemann
Clive Turner Clive Turner ... Tow Truck Driver
Megan Kruskal Megan Kruskal ... Sister Ruth
Denis Smith Denis Smith ... Mr. Ormstead
Greg Latter Greg Latter ... John (as Gregg Latter)
Maxine John Maxine John ... Paula
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Storyline

A successful author was sent to the small town of Drago because of a nervous breakdown, and gets wound up in an unknown mystery about demons and werewolves. She begins seeing ghosts and dismisses them as her own imagination, but when they turn out to be real, she begins to get suspicious of the small town and of its past. But at the heart of this scenic, serene village is much darker than its benign appearance; and while she hopes her vacation will dispel her visions, a sinister presence has drawn her there. She will soon discover that the ghosts that have haunted her are real and that her horrific visions are an unknown message. Written by Matt Dotzenroth <smdotzen@compmore.net>

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Taglines:

A terrifying journey into the gaping jaws of death... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Matrix Surround

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Hough said in an interview in Fangoria that there wasn't a script when they went to go make the film. The script was eventually written by Freddie Rowe and he would also receive notes and messages from him as well as additional pages. However, when Hough tried to ask for Rowe's phone number or an address so he could reach him, he was denied every time. He suspected Rowe was actually Clive Turner himself. Supposedly because he and Turner never got along and that Turner kept trying to make power plays as he wanted to be the producer and director. See more »

Goofs

When Tom is speaking to Janice in the parking lot of the the archives, when his back is shown, his lips continue to move during an audio pause between sentences. See more »

Quotes

Marie Adams: I saw Sister Ruth last night.
Janice Hatch: What?
Marie Adams: I know this is going to sound crazy. Maybe it is, but, I saw her here. And the expression on her face... was like... something horrible was happening right here in my living room. Like, I don't know what.
[Janice doesn't respond]
Marie Adams: I told you I have quite an imagination.
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Connections

Featured in 31 Days of Horror: Howling IV (1988) (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Winter Rain
Music and Lyrics by Lauren Danielle
Vocals by Lauren Danielle
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Of seven movies this is the one closest to any of the books.
8 August 2002 | by eeka-the-strangegirlSee all my reviews

Gary Brandner wrote The Howling trilogy. Seven The Howling

movies were made from these books. Even though this movie

may seem like a remake of the original, it is actually the one movie

closest to the first book. When seen from this perspective it's a

pretty good movie. Plus you get to see Michael T. Weiss (of TV's

Pretender fame) with a mullet! What more can you ask for from a horror movie with the number 4

after it?


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