Ghoulies IV/Howling IV: The Original Nightmare [DVD]

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Synopsis

Ghoulies IV
For this third sequel to Charles Band's pointless but modestly successful Gremlins rip-off, the writers ignored the previous two installments and brought back the character of Jonathan Graves (Peter Liapis) from the original film, though inexplicably transforming him from a naïve dropout occultist to a streetwise cop. He is forced to do battle with his former girlfriend Alexandra (Stacie Randall), who has escaped from an asylum and is busily conducting human sacrifices in order to summon a demon once created by Jonathan's Satanic dabblings. The title creeps are shoved even further to the background than the previous chapters -- not a bad thing, really, since the effects department still hasn't managed to make them look like anything but inarticulate latex puppets covered in goo. Sadly, what's left is a tired cop-vs.-serial-killer scenario that's even less convincing than the monsters themselves. Z-movie journeyman (and Roger Corman favorite) Jim Wynorski injects the usual dose of titillation and B-movie in-jokes, with the expected results. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Howling IV: The Original Nightmare
Shot in South Africa, this direct-to-video installment of the werewolf series continues that franchise's tradition of generating sequels light-years distant from the quality of Joe Dante's witty and frightening original. The fourth chapter even attempts to rewrite the original film's premise, which admittedly took grand liberties with the novel by Gary Brandner. The revamped tale involves successful author Marie (Romy Windsor), who visits the scenic woodland town of Drago to find respite from constant nightmare visions involving werewolves and a mysterious nun. Needless to say, her stay in the village does nothing to dispel the visions, which increase in frequency and seem to suggest strange portents of evil events to come...and a warning to get out of town before the next full moon. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Barbara Alyn Woods
    Barbara Alyn Woods
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    Stacie Randall
  • Bobby Di Cicco
    Bobby Di Cicco

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