The Howling: Studies in the Horror Film

Written and edited by Lee Gambin


In 1981, Joe Dante directed and released The Howling, arguably one of the greatest werewolf films of all time, and a movie that set new standards for its stunning in-camera special effects, designed by Rob Bottin.
       But The Howling would not be remembered so fondly as it is today were it not for the artful direction of Joe Dante, its compelling screenplay by John Sayles, and the brilliant ensemble acting of Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Elisabeth Brooks, Christopher Stone, Belinda Balaski, Dennis Dugan, Don McLeod, Margie Impert, Robert Picardo, Dick Miller, and an assortment of brilliant cameos by Hollywood legends.
       The grace and professionalism of these actors, the warmth and humanity invested in their roles, gives The Howling its watchability over the decades, elevating it from the standard horror fare of the late 1970s and early 1980s and putting into the realm of timeless and beloved classic.
       Author and editor Lee Gambin has written the definitive story of the making of The Howling, complete with an insightful plot synopsis and complete critical analysis, behind the scenes information, and a slew of interviews with cast and crew. Rounding out the book are nearly 150 stills of the movie, ranging from individual frame enlargements to rare, never-before-published behind the scenes photographs.
       Over 350 pages, this handsome sewn paperback offers everything you need to know about one of the 1980’s greatest horror films, and is a welcome addition of the Centipede Press Studies in the Horror Film series.

edition information

  • Four color printing throughout on coated stock.
  • New introduction by Dee Wallace.
  • Rare, behind the scenes photographs, most never before published.
  • New interviews with Joe Dante, Dee Wallace, Belinda Balaski, Dick Miller, Don McLeod, John Hora, John Sayles, Robert Picardo, and others.
  • Loaded with color stills and individual frame enlargements from the film.
  • Original book price: $35.
  • Published October 2018.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-228-6.