Saturday, May 30, 2015

Scream Factory's HOWLING II: Final Blu-ray specs & extras!

Your Sister is a Werewolf.


Update: This title is now out of print! It is available on Region B-locked Blu-ray from Arrow Video though!
1985's HOWLING II is one of the strangest sequels I've ever seen in my life. Where else can you see Reb Brown and Christopher Lee battle werewolves that can only be killed by Titanium? But that isn't even what most of us guys remember this film for. 

The majority of us that saw this movie back in the 80s recall HOWLING II fondly because of the bizarre end credits/music video that features a constant loop of lead actress Sybil Danning tearing off her top to the tune of Babel's theme song for the film. (Something that took the actress by surprise when she attended its theatrical premiere apparently. Haha!)

No, this isn't a fever dream or hallucination, this is a real thing. Watch it HERE if you don't believe me! Thankfully the fine folks at Scream Factory have wisely added this movie to their impressive catalog, and it's looking to be yet another must-own title!
Synopsis: After countless millennia of watching, waiting and stalking, the unholy creatures known as werewolves are poised to inherit the earth. Legendary horror icon Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Hammer's Dracula series) faces off against sexy cult favorite Sybil Danning (BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, CHAINED HEAT, GRINDHOUSE) in this terrifying descent into a world of nightmares that turns out to be all too real!

After newscaster Karen White's shocking on-screen transformation and violent death (in the original THE Howling), her brother Ben (Reb Brown, YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE) is approached by Stefan Crosscoe (Lee), a mysterious man who claims that Karen has, in fact, become a werewolf. But this is the least of their worries. To save mankind, Stefan and Ben must travel to Transylvania to battle and destroy Stirba (Danning), the immortal queen of all werewolves, before she is restored to her full powers!

Also starring Annie McEnroe (THE HAND) and Marsha A. Hunt (DRACULA A.D. 1972), directed by Philippe Mora (HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS, COMMUNION, THE BEAST WITHIN), and driven by a pulsing punk-y soundtrack, this film is a no-holds-barred horror-fest that’ll rip your heart out… and you’ll like it.

Disc Specs:
Color | 91 minutes | Rated R | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

  • Audio Commentary with Director Philippe Mora!
  • Audio Commentary with Composer Steve Parsons and Editor Charles Bornstein!  
  • Leading Man – An Interview with Actor Reb Brow!
  • 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

Once again, HOWLING II will be released on July 14th, and is currently available for pre-order at AMAZON.COM and DIABOLIK DVD! You can also order it directly from SCREAM FACTORY and receive your disc two weeks early!

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