If you're expecting a big fest of werewolf carnage and bloodshed than you'll be highly dissapointed by this creepy horror film.
Based on the book of the same name The Howling tells the frightening tale of Karen White, a news reporter who's traumatizing encounter with a serial killer leaves her more than a little mentally unstable. Her psychiatrist reccomends she spend some time at "The Colony", an experimental living grounds that he created. While there she discovers the horrible secrets that those who live there are hiding, which tie in with her encounter with serial killer, Eddy Quist.
Those who watched Joe Dante's later films (Gremlins, The 'Burbs) may be expecting a fun, fast paced special effects extravaganza. While the effects are excellent, real werewolves don't show up until you're well into the film. Not to say the rest is boring by any means. Horror film fanatics with a love for fantastic directing, classy acting and spooky atmosphere will be plenty entertained. And the finale well pays off for any dissapointment you may have reaped from the first half.
Give it a try, young or old. If you found it dissapointing the first time, try it again. I did, and loved it more than ever.