God Bless Practical EFX: Eddie’s Werewolf Transformation From ‘The Howling’ (1981)

Quick!  What’s the best werewolf transformation from a horror movie ever? The common knee-jerk answer would be to say An American Werewolf In London.  But another werewolf movie came out in 1981 that in my opinion, topped David Naughton’s iconic lycanthrope metamorphosis.  I’m talking about Joe Dante’s, The Howling, and when Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo) gets his full werewolf on in front of Karen White (Dee Wallace Stone), it’s quite a feast for the practical effect eyes:

That clip was both awesome and depressing at the same time.  Awesome for obvious reasons of course, but depressing because of the fact that practical effects are becoming more and more extinct each day in horror movies.  It’s this scene in The Howling that helped me to talk about it in the same sentence as the classic An American Werewolf In London.  Rick Baker’s work in the latter was outstanding, but Rob Bottin one-upped him in Joe Dante’s film and gave us some special effects that will stand the test of time. Minus the cute Chewbacca looking werewolf version of Dee Wallace Stone in the movie’s final frames of course.

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