With the revival of the vampire and zombie, the werewolf has not received enough serious attention, outside of a few outliers such as Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers. From a purely horror perspective, some could say there’s little to fear from the hairiest member of the horror movie monsters. But taken into context, the zombie is slow-moving and the vampire has been turned into a sexy heartthrob for tween gazers. Sure, the werewolf looks like an overgrown dog but you try telling that to the monsters from Joe Dante’s cult classic The Howling and see if you walk away in one piece. Hollywood needs to bring the werewolf back with style and MTV’s Teen Wolf and Taylor Lautner in Twilight don’t count.
As part of a much needed revival, Emaji Entertainment has nabbed the rights to remake Joe Dante’s 1981 horror feature as part of a series that will see several well-known properties remade. Recently, the studio announced a Strangeland remake that will see Dee Snider returning as the character Captain Howdy. And although we feel that a remake to The Howling will most likely displease the horror gods, we’re not against the idea of seeing the werewolf making a return. If nothing else, the film should feature at least one good scene showing the full moon transformation that is sure to get more viewers on the werewolf bandwagon.
As you would guess, the film is still in the early stages of production, which means details on the script and director are being kept quiet until everything is official. From the sound of everything, Emaji will stick as closely to the original low-budget production value of the first film as possible. Audiences can expect to see the typical horror remake when this one gets released. But if you’re in the audience of horror fans looking to see someone getting mauled by a group of beasts, this should be right up your alley. We can expect to hear more from this feature as production gets underway.