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THE HOWLING REBORN (BLU RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Joe Nimziki

Starring:
Landon Liboiron
Lindsey Shaw
Ivana Milicevic

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What's it about
Average everyman kid Will Kidman is trying to survive high school. He's in love with a girl who dates a huge jerk (shocking), and he's also part of a family of werewolves. When does a kid get a break?
Is it good movie?
I remember seeing the first Howling film when I was a kid of maybe 8 or 9 and it scared the ever-loving crap out of me. I still don't even know if I could rightly tell you what it was about, but I know that there weer people who looked like they were in a lot of pain changing into werewolves and tearing people up. That was all I needed to know.

As any horror fan knows, they went on to make a whole bunch of Howling flicks, and for the most part I think it's safe to say that they aren't very good. Now I admit that I'm not the biggest werewolf guy, but these movies really go all over the place. Eventually, they must have stopped making money because it's been awhile since we've seen a new entry in the series.

unfortunately for any fan of the series, this isn't a return to form. No, we live in a world where Twilight exists and money talks. So now, we have another lame twilight clone. As if Twilight wasn't bad enough as it is (and although I know it's so cool to hate Twilight, believe me..if it had any merit, I wouldn't rip on it), now we have a once-ballsy horror franchise simply slapping its name on a lame teenage drama.

First, I don't know why this movie is reated R. It exists solely for the Twi-hards and Vampire Diaries kids. Yet, they try to slap some lame ass cut-away deaths and gore and stuff like that. I'm all for nastiness, but this is NOT a movie that horror fans will dig, so why bother? why not just sanitize it altogether so that the kids won't have bad dreams? Because I can tell you that some bloody werewolf claw manglings aren't enough for me to wade through this again.

If I have to give some props, I'll say that the werewolves themselves look cool because amazingly, they're not CGI (although of course, the transformation scenes are). They're big, practical badasses and looks pretty great. Unfortunately though, you don't see them nearly enough and when you do see them, the hasty editing takes away from the fun. Oh, and they have these weird long tails..but I digress. The flick also does a good job of making it seem as though Will can't trust anyone, and he has trouble discerning between who is a monster and who isn't. That's done pretty well.

So what else do you want to know about the movie? The whole thing is a cookie-cutter model of stuff you've seen before. The lame kid has newfound power (complete with "hey I don't need my nerd glasses anymore" scene), loves the girl who doesn't realize she's with a huge idiot, confronts and ruins the bad guy, looks cool in front of people who misjudged him and deals with hilarious beautiful people villains who try to mess with his mind and such. There's nothing to really say about the cast- they're all too old to be in high school and just handsome looking. Landon Liboiron is so-so as our hero and Lindsey Shaw's Eliana love interest is as good as it could be, really. It's the material that's the problem here.

This movie feels like it could have been on the WB network and served as a nice, lame one-off for the kiddies. As it stands, the story is pedestrian, the gore is present but not enough for real horror fans and there are no real standout performances. This one isn't worth much unless you're watching it with your young kids.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.78:1/1080p widescreen and looks pretty good, nothing mind-blowing but still quite crisp.

Audio is pretty alright too, coming in TrueHD 5.1 and hitting all the right notes in the right places.
The Extras
There isn't much to report from the extras front, there's a ccommentary from writer/director Joe Nimziki and actress Lindsey Shaw, which is somewhat lively and both seem good-natured. I won't lie though, I couldn't get through the whole thing as they tend to narrate a lot of the action.

There's also a 30 minute Making of, which unfortunately falls into the typical glad-handing, friendly complimenting of the cast and crew instead of showing how the film was really made. And I'm not sure if it was just my setup (I don't think so), but the audio seemed out of sync for this. Weird.

Other than that, a Storyboard Gallery rounds this out. Does anyone love the same old stuff on their discs or what?
Last Call
There's nothing remarkable or memorable about The Howling: Reborn. It could be an extended pilot for a tween drama and besides sporting some decent looking werewolves (think Dog Soldiers), there's nothing new or exciting here. A definite pass for anyone over the age of 15 or so.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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