Howling VI: The Freaks (1991) reminds me of Vampire Circus (1972), which isn’t a bad thing; I liked that movie. Like the previous installment, this was a direct-to-video release, which is strange to me since it feels like something would’ve been in the theaters. I hadn’t seen this one until recently and will be watching it again.

Howling-VI_pThe opening scene is creepy, with the little girl being chased and killed in the woods. Then the film changes for a moment as it changes focus to Ian Richards, who walks across the desert with a familiar teddy bear. As I mentioned before, this film reminds me of Vampire Circus, and what comes next is the reason.

The gore effects are well done and barely influenced by the new technology filling films in the 90s. The story was weird for me as I wasn’t sure how it all fit in, then I remembered Gary Brander’s book, Howling III: Echoes. While there isn’t much from that book in this film, there are pieces that are spot on. Giving further explanation would provide spoilers to those who haven’t seen this film, so I will stop there.

4 Stars

I enjoyed Howling VI: The Freaks and gave it 4 out of 5 Stars.

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