The Howling ★★★ 1981 (R)
A pretty TV reporter takes a rest at a clinic and discovers slowly that its denizens are actually werewolves. Crammed with inside jokes, this horror comedy pioneered the use of the body-altering prosthetic makeup (by Rob Bottin) now essential for on-screen man-to-wolf transformations. At last count, followed by six sequels. 91m/C VHS, DVD . Dee Wallace Stone, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone, Belinda Balaski, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Slim Pickens, Elisabeth Brooks, Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, Kenneth Tobey, Meshach Taylor; Cameos: John Sayles, Roger Corman, Forrest J Ackerman; D: Joe Dante; W: John Sayles, Terence H. Winkless; C: John Hora; M: Pino Donaggio.