HOWLING II: YOUR SISTER IS A WEREWOLF (1985) Reviews and overview

 

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Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf is a 1985 supernatural horror film directed by Philippe Mora, as a sequel to the 1981 film The Howling.

Although Gary Brandner, author of The Howling novels, co-wrote the screenplay, the Howling II film is largely unrelated to his Howling II novel from 1979, though – like the book – it does introduce Eastern European customs and Romani into its werewolf mythology.

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On 14 November 2016, the film was released on Blu-ray in the UK by Arrow Video with the following special features:

  • Brand new digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Philippe Mora
  • Audio commentary with composer Steve Parsons and editor Charles Bornstein
  • Leading Man – an interview with actor Reb Brown
  • Queen Of The Werewolves – an interview with actress Sybil Danning
  • A Monkey Phase – interviews with special make-up effects artists Steve Johnson and Scott Wheeler
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Alternate Opening and Alternate Ending
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
    Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Blyth

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On July 14, 2015, The Howling II was released on Blu-ray in the US by Scream Factory. Special features are:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Philippe Mora
  • Audio Commentary with Composer Steve Parsons and Editor Charles Bornstein
  • Leading Man – An Interview with Actor Reb Brown
  • Queen of the Werewolves – An Interview with Actress Sybil Danning
  • A Monkey Phase – Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Steve Johnson and Scott Wheeler
  • Behind the Scenes Footage (in HD – from Philippe Mora’s archive)
  • Alternate Opening and Alternate Ending (in HD – from Philippe Mora’s archive)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono/Region A/Subtitles: English

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Ben White (Reb Brown) attends the funeral of his sister, journalist Karen White, the heroine of the previous film. Ben meets both Jenny Templeton (Annie McEnroe), one of Karen’s colleagues, and Stefan Crosscoe (Christopher Lee), a mysterious interloper who tells him Karen was a werewolf.

Providing videotaped evidence of the transformation – and turning up to destroy Karen as her undead body rises from the grave – Crosscoe convinces Ben and Jenny to accompany him to Transylvania to battle Stirba, an immortal werewolf queen. Along the way, the trio encounters Mariana (Marsha Hunt), another lusty werewolf siren, and her minion Erle (Ferdy Mayne).

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Arriving in Transylvania, Ben and company wander through an ethnic folk festival, unaware that Stirba is off in her nearby castle already plotting their downfall. Stirba seems to have witchcraft powers as well as being a werewolf, for she intones the Wiccan chant Eko Eko Azarak. Eventually, the adventurers do battle with Stirba in an assault that involves disguised dwarves, mutilated priests, and supernatural parasites…

Reviews:

Howling II is just stupid, inept and downright sleazy. Here, the special effects (including a dwarf whose eyes pop out, and a priest who has a flying monster protrude from his mouth) are all pretty lousy as are the wolf make-ups and transformations (to make matters worse, anyone playing a beast ridiculously overacts).’ DVD Drive-In

‘It’s a failure on almost every conceivable angle, its only bright spots being Christopher Lee’s performance and Babel’s theme song. However, so great is its failure that it’s hilariously watchable (like Troll 2). That said, I’d only recommend it to bad movie enthusiasts and people who really need to see all the werewolf movies.’ I Choose to Stand

“Unfortunately, the design of the werewolves owe more to monkeys than wolves and look awful, rightfully so they are kept in the dark or glimpsed only briefly. Knowing that these werewolves were awful I think the filmmakers knew they had to give us at least some decent gore, and we get very little […] not even the prestige of Christopher Lee and the voluptuous nudity of Sybil Danning cannot save this stinker of a werewolf film.” McBastard’s Mausoleum

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Cast and characters:

Christopher Lee … Stefan
Annie McEnroe … Jenny
Reb Brown … Ben
Marsha A. Hunt … Mariana
Sybil Danning … Stirba
Judd Omen … Vlad
Ferdy Mayne … Erle (as Ferdinand Mayne)
Patrick Field … Deacon
Jimmy Nail … Dom
Steven Bronowski … Moon Devil
James Crawford … American Priest (as James M. Crawford)
Jirí Krytinár … Vasile (as Jiri Krytinar)
Ladislav Krecmer … Father Florin
Jan Kraus … Tondo
Petr Skarke … Konstantin
Igor Smrzík … Luca
Ivo Niederle … Grigore
Ed Kleynen … Fred Francis
Stephen W. Parsons … Babel: Lead Singer (as Stephen Parsons)
Chris Pye … Babel: Guitar
Simon Etchell … Babel: Keyboard
Steve Young … Babel: Drums
Miro Sustr … Neighbour
Anna Maria Kolarova … Halloween Child
Jitka Asterová … Girl in Punk Club (as Jitka Asterova)
Hana Ludvikova … Karen
Shirley Hanson … Mother
Ludmila Safárová … Florica (as Ludmila Safarova)
Valérie Kaplanová … Old Stirba (as Valerie Kaplanova)

Technical details:

91 minutes
Audio: Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Original title:

Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch

Fun facts:

The closing credits run over what appear to be deleted scenes and alternate footage, along with the same scene of Sybil Danning ripping off her shirt and exposing her bosom, which is repeated seventeen times!

Trailer: