Howling 3

AKA: Howling 3 : The Marsupials, The Marsupials : Howling 3

Tag Line : The fear is!

Howling 3Oh bloody hell they get WORSE!!!! Directed by the same guy who did part 2, this is totally unrelated to the previous films, and concerns a group of marsupial werewolf folk living in the Australian outback in a village named Flow (that's WOLF spelled backwards in case you didn't realise).

One of them, a young girl named Jerboa (Immogen Annesley), decides to the leave the village and head for the city. She is soon befriended by a boy named Donny (Leigh Bilos) and they quickly fall in love. However, it isn't too long before the authorities find out what she is, and after discovering the whereabouts of her village, quickly move in and capture the inhabitants.

They also capture another specimen at the Sydney opera house, who happens to be a Russian ballet dancer who let her secret slip when she did a transformation right in the middle of a performance (oops). Jerboa however manages to break out of the hospital she's being held in and heads back off into the outback with Donny.

A search party, which includes government soldiers, go after them. But strangely, the doctor brought into study the captured residents of Flow, Professor Beckmeyer (Barry Otto) falls in love with the Russian girl and so they too escape and hook up with Donny and Jerboa as they attempt to evade the search parties.

Silly, stupid and downright ridiculous, this in-name only sequel is best forgotten and is another great comedown from the brilliance of the original. No-one appears to even try and take the film seriously, and since when were werewolves supposed to have pouches in their chests like Kangaroo's? There was an interesting scene where the search party gets wiped out by a werewolf, and some soldier tries to take it out at point-blank range with a rocket launcher (thought you needed a silver bullet?). But apart from that, there's not a single thing worth watching about it.

Also features a guest appearance from that filthy drag queen Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) so that's all the more reason to avoid it.

Overall Marks : 3/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Down Under", "The Howling terror continues".

  • The movie posters in Donny's bedroom were all by the films director Philip Mora.

  • Frank Thring, who plays Donny's movie director boss Jack Citron, played Pontias Pilate in the 1959 epic "Ben Hur" (bit of a comedown?). He also starred in the 70's Aussie kids show "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo" as well as appearing as The Collector in "Mad Max 3 : Beyond Thunderdome".

  • Some of the promotional material claimed the film to be based on Gary Bradner's "Howling" series of books, yet the story is completely unrelated to any of his novels.

  • Immogen Annesley also played one of the vampires in "Queen of the Damned".

  • British actor Ralph Cotterill, who plays professor Sharp, also starred in the Australian shocker "Bad Boy Bubby".

  • Barry Otto went on to play Dolph Lundgren's drunken side-kick Shakes in the 1990 film "The Punisher".

  • The closing shot of the film shows a picture of a Thylacine, or Tasmanian Wolf. This was a Marsupial Wolf, that was hunted to extinction by Australian farmers during the early 20th century, to protect their sheep. This animal was apparently the inspiration for the film.

  • One of the reasons director Philip Mora set the film in Australia was to take advantage of the governments tax concession scheme for local productions (oh why did he bother?).

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