The Howling: Reborn is a 2011 American werewolf-themed horror film written and directed by Joe Nimziki and released direct-to-video on 18 October 2011. The film stars Ivana Milicevic, Lindsey Shaw and Landon Liboiron.
Kathryn is attacked by a werewolf. After many years her son Will is living with his father and is a student in a highly secured school. His best friend Sachin is making a horror project film and is planning to broadcast it by hacking into news channels illegally.
Will has a crush on Eliana, but her current boyfriend scares him off. Later, Eliana invites him for a night party where then, suddenly, a creature attacks. Somehow Will escapes. He later asks Sachin about his ideas on werewolves. He tests himself by causing a wound which heals itself nearly instantaneously, proving that he is a werewolf.
Afterwards, it is revealed that Kathryn is still alive and she kills his father and comes for him in school to remind him who he is. Confronted by the truth that his mother is a werewolf, he saves Eliana from being attacked by other members of the wolf pack. But the school bells ring and its security system gets activated, cutting them off from the outside world.
Recalling Sachin’s advice, Will remembers that werewolves can only be killed by silver bullets or fire, therefore they equip themselves with handmade flame-throwers. In the security room, they discover Sachin being killed by one of the werewolves, so they go in the basement, only to find that Kathryn is raising an army of werewolves…
“… described as having “a deft mix of romance and action that audiences worldwide are craving.” Hey, filmmakers – pull your head out of your full moon and do your homework. What audiences are craving is a werewolf movie that doesn’t suck and/or blow.”
“Nimziki has created a film that seems to want to be everything, from high school soap to family drama to monster movie, and it doesn’t really pull off any one of them. And I don’t just mean that he borrows the basic story tenets from these genres; no, he outright steals from their prime examples.” 5-Word Movie
“The Howling: Reborn has been getting a ton of flack and if seen as a companion piece to that original 1981 film, could fairly be torn to shreds for having a severe lack of serious blood and gore. But to do so would be to ignore the hidden beauty within, as Reborn surprises and hypnotizes with an effective new lycanthrope story lore device – love.” StarPulse
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