News reporter Karen White (Dee Wallace) is helping the police apprehend a vicious serial killer, known only as Eddie, after he contacts her and says he wants to arrange a meeting. However, the police sting very nearly goes wrong and Karen is only saved from near death by two passing police officers.
Badly traumatised by these events her doctor, George Wagner (played by Patrick MacNee), recommends she spend some time at a special woodland retreat he's founded known as "The Colony", to help her recover from the ordeal.
At first she and her husband think the small community to be the idyllic resort, unfortunately though it seems this Colony has a very dark secret. Strange howling noises can be heard in the night, bodies of mutilated cattle are found in the fields, and everybody acts like they're hiding something. Her husband is the first one to discover the truth after he is bitten by a wolf like creature one night, and then begins a hideous transformation.
Yes it turns out that most of the people at the colony are indeed werewolves, and Dr Wagner founded this small community to try and integrate them with society to preserve their species. Meanwhile, Karen's friend Chris (Dennis Duggan) has discovered that Eddie's body has disappeared from the morgue, and convinced that there's indeed more to Dr Wagner's colony than meets the eye, arms himself with silver bullets and goes to get Karen back.
Arguably director Joe Dante's finest work, "The Howling" has got to be THE most popular werewolf film of all time, featuring some great special effects (well, they were for their time anyway), dark humour and a host of special guest appearances (and it was kind of amusing seeing Slim Pickens typecast as the Sheriff). Werewolf fans will not be disappointed.