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Anchor Bay / 92 Minutes / 2011 / Rated R / Street Date: October 18, 2011
You know how it gets sometimes. Every once in a while the girl you like has no interest in you, the other kids at school think you're a weirdo, your best friend is an obsessive whack job, and you find out you're a werewolf. It's a real bummer.
But this bummer is the core of The Howling: Reborn, an account of a hapless young fellow named Will (Landon Liboiron)who not only comes to terms with his occult genealogy, but ends up finding himself in an all-out war with a renegade werewolf gang.
The movie also brings us Will's bestie named Sachin (Jesse Rath), who is, of course, a horror movie geek), as well as the object of Will's half-man/half-wolf desire, the delicious Eliana (Lindsey Shaw), who becomes entangled in Will's were-battles.
The Howling: Reborn is passable grade-Z straight-to-video horror entertainment, though at most points it's admittedly just about the dumbest thing in the world. Both utilizing The Howling's recognizable trademark and drawing in storytelling elements that seem firmly rooted in the sparkly-vampire Twilight series, Reborn doesn't offer anything particularly new or inventive, but as a horror-lover who has sat through unbelievably craptastic multi-sequel franchises, the fact that The Howling: Reborn is at its worst watchable merits a quiet golf clap.