Before I watched the movie I’m about to review I want to let you know that I had heard some fairly damning opines of it. While there are plenty of folks whose opinions I hold in high regard that slammed dunked this film good and proper, I still find it important if not compulsive to watch everything I possibly can. You never know what nugget of originality or sprinkle of effects work might be worth telling ya’ll about. While there was no doubt in my mind that the negative opinions of said film could be accurate and most likely were spot on, I absolutely had to see this supposed can of dog food myself. And was it worth the watch? Yes.
The Howling Reborn was worth watching solely to trash it. Now I’m not exactly a fan of reviewing movies just to trash them and very often I find that action by others inappropriate. I do not find it inappropriate in this particular case. When you claim to give rebirth to a genre favorite after years of questionable, if not hilarious sequels and rumors of a new installment have left you longing for the days when you might find Eddie Quist standing behind you in an adult movie theater. Let me assure you with every ounce of my being that The Howling Reborn adds absolutely nothing to the werewolf mythology. It is, at best, a harsh attempt to steer tweens to Team Jacob rather than Team Edward and maybe play on the success of MTV’s “re-imagining” of the show Teen Wolf (which I would prefer to left Michael J. Fox, Jason Bateman and that bad ass 80’s cartoon that kept me wishing I was Scott Howard for at least three solid years of my life).
On the eve of his high school graduation, Will Kidman (Liboiron) finally looks up from his books to catch the eye of the girl he’s longed for the last four years –the mysterious Eliana Wynter (Shaw). He’s always been the shy kid, flying under the radar, but when he discovers a dark secret from his past— that he is heir to a powerful line of werewolves -- he finds he has a choice to make between succumbing to his primal nature, or turning against his own, and maintaining his humanity. In order to fight the destiny of his legacy, and save Eliana – as well as himself – he must battle not only his growing blood lust but an army of fearsome beasts bent on killing him, Eliana...and then, us all.
Save the CGI wolf out for Underworld...but was the Howling Reborn predominantly CGI? From a Howling picture I expect better practical effects and they better be executed well. If that’s not possible, I expect hilarious metamorphosis effects that leave me in stunning disbelief at what my franchise has become, but either way I want real effects. Sure the effects team that produced Howling Reborn’s effects is Oscar worthy, but this ain’t a video game. Strangely enough the director has been very clear that due to budgetary reasons the film used MOSTLY PRACTICAL EFFECTS. I am in stunned disbelief at how digitized the whole picture looks. In an interview he even made mention to films having a video game quality to them and he was trying to avoid that. I’m afraid he did not succeeds. That’s what I feel we got in this anti-installment of the Howling series. Somehow,
If I’m putting this on the same level as Twilight then you know what I think of the acting. Melodramatic, teen romance level performances with an emo kick that might as well turn