After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a newswoman is sent to a rehabilitation center whose inhabitants may not be what they seem.
Release Year: 1981
Rating: 6.5/10 (11,952 voted)
Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan
Eye-popping special effects highlight an updated werewolf story. TV newswoman, Karen White, goes on a retreat after a traumatic incident with a serial killer. But is she really safe? And what should she fear more: regaining her memory or the creepy residents of "The Colony"? Followed by many unsatisfying and unconnected sequels. Helped launch shortlived werewolf craze in early eighties.
Writers: Gary Brandner, John Sayles
Dr. George Waggner
R. William 'Bill' Neill
Imagine your worst fear a reality
Release Date: 10 April 1981
Filming Locations: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
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[Forrest J Ackerman]
in the book shop carrying a copy of his magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland."
When Marsha makes the scratches on Bill's back, his back smooth and hair free. Yet the shot before showing them turning into werewolves, they were both covered with hair.
Dr. George Waggner:
Repression. Repression is the father of neurosis, of self-hatred. Now, stress results when we fight against our impulses. We've all heard people talk about animal magnetism, the natural man. the noble savage, as if we'd lost something valuable in our long evolution into civilized human beings. Now there's a good reason for this.
awesome werewolf flick
This is an excellently crafted piece of work from former Roger Corman
student, Joe Dante. I won't go much into the plot, but it involves a
news woman who gets attacked while in a porno shop viewing room. To get
her mind off things, a psychiatrist recommends she goes to his private
retreat to be treated. After that, spooky happenings and strange deaths
start occurring. This film has great direction and great atmosphere and
mood. The lighting and use of fog is excellent and really hightens the
spookiness of the film. One of the best werewolf transformations is
shown in this film, rivaled only by the one in An American Werewolf in
London. Although this movie starts out slow, the tension keeps rising
and keeps you interested in what will happen next. The spookiness
doesn't always lie within the content but also the claustrophobic
feeling and the uncertainty of who you can trust. A very good movie,