Gremlins in the Horror Universe: THE HOWLING

17 Jul

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.

THE HOWLING (FILM)

Release Date: 1981 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: The Howling

Horror Crosses: Gremlins; Bucket of Blood

The Story: To heal from psychological trauma she experienced, a television journalist goes to a secluded spa and encounters werewolves.

Notes: One of the colleagues of the main character is television journalist Lew Landers, who will appear again in Gremlins. Also appearing is Walter Paisley, played by Dick Miller. Miller first played Paisley in the film, Bucket of Blood, where he died, but either the rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated, or he was resurrected by unknown means. Or that film was a divergent timeline. I prefer the first explanation. Miller as Paisley reappeared in Chopping Mall, and has also appeared in Twilight Zone: the Movie and Hollywood Boulevard. This film is followed by several sequels, starting with Howling II: …Your Sister is a Werewolf. It has been referenced as fictional or in homage several times in film and on television. It has been spoofed in Monster in the Closet, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Futurama.

For more Gremlins crossovers, click here.

For more Howling crossovers, click here.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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