Horror Movie Showdown #3 The Howling VS An American Werewolf in London

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80's Werewolf showdown

  1. The Howling (1981)

    32.1%
  2. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

    67.9%
  1. fceurich39

    fceurich39 Well-Known Member

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    american werewolf in london but just barely the howling is awesome also
     
  2. Shokk

    Shokk Lord Of The Thighs

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    American Werewolf for me.While i dig the Howling,AWIL is the perfect melding of horror and comedy.The dream sequence still makes me jump even though i know it's coming..:lol:
     
  3. Myron Breck

    Myron Breck BOO!!! Gotcha!

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    Finally, one I can vote on: THE HOWLING, hands-down. As someone else mentioned, the transformations in AWWIL are a little nicer but the comedy doesn't really work for me; it just didn't age well last time I watched it. I can watch THE HOWLING all fuckin' day. The comedy is just funny enough without trying too hard and the performances/characters are wonderful. I'm a John Sayles fan, so maybe that has something to do with it too.
     
  4. atann

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    The Howling for me, just wish is was a bit longer.
     
  5. shithead

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    american werewolf
     
  6. Cujo108

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    This is a tougher one than the previous two, though it's still relatively easy.

    The Howling has always been my preference. The idea of a werewolf colony is just awesome, and the film makes the most of it. The film is also darker in nature, and I love Dee Wallace Stone. The werewolves in this one are more menacing than American Werewolf's (though I love the four legged werewolf), and the transformation scene here comes across as more sadistic.

    Both films have wonderfully unique touches all their own, but I'd say The Howling's touches are the more wonderful of the two. That said, I've always thought AAWIL was much more horror than comedy. Sure, it has some nice dark humor, but the serious aspects have always outweighed the humorous ones by miles IMO. So, while I said The Howling is darker in nature, I think AAWIL is quite dark itself. The love story at it's core is actually quite touching. Both films have fantastic endings.
     
  7. dwatts

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    Talking as someone who doesn't really enjoy horror themed comedies, I reckon American Werewolf strikes just about as good a balance as you can get. I really like it. Like the Howling too - but American Werewolf took the vote.
     
  8. allmessedup

    allmessedup It's beer time.

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    Went with AMERICAN, but probably just because I'd seen it more recently so it's fresher in my mind. Really a coin flip situation for me with these two classics.
     
  9. YottNik

    YottNik Pay the price!

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    AWiL, but only by a smidgen.
     
  10. Xtro_13

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    The Howling for me. Although I like (and have both movies on dvd), Rob Bottin was one of the most underrated effects guys. Is he still doing effects?
     
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    I used to like The Howling a lot more, overall the tone is darker and Eddie Quist is one sinister character. With time though I must admit to enjoying An American Werewolf In London more now, the comedy and the romantic angle make it very unique and Griffin Dunne is priceless as David's undead friend. Landis also evoked a great sense of pathos in the character of David Kessler, something that has been intrinsic to this genre since Lon Chaney Jr's role as the original Wolf Man.
     
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    The Howling for me, but I really enjoy American Werewolf, too.
    This poll has been the toughest choice.
     
  13. eric_angelus

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    The Howling without a doubt.
     
  14. KillerCannabis

    KillerCannabis Slow, Deep & Hard

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    I almost love them bnoth equally, but AAWIL gets the nod for the amazing FX work and some creepy momnets, especially the eerie opening scenes. Great flick.
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    This one is easy. AAWL is one of my favourites and the best werewolf movie ever, plus that scene on the moors at the start of the movie is still one of the scariest things in horror movies. Howling was ok and had some great moments but it never really seemed like a great full movie.
     
  16. bwana the clown

    bwana the clown Supreme Ruler Of Sados

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    American Werewolf for me. I'm not too crazy about either movie, but found The Howling to be particularly tedious to sit through.
     
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    The Howling.
     
  19. Fumi

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    American Werewolf in London by about 100 miles. Although some of the Howling sequels are pretty good, or else just plain strange, I've always found the original to be almost too boring to watch.
     
  20. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    The Howling is a great film, full of b-movie nostalgia and directed with great skill.
    But the use of humor in American Werewolf is absolutely on the spot, with great respect for the genre at the same time. Only Young Frankenstein achieved that duality with such perfection. And the use of music is perfect - just perfect.
     

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