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The Howling Behind The Scenes

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Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1980 Horror / Occult movie starring Dee Wallace Stone, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan et al.
Contributed by: Karen Bell
I was in the Round Oak String Band in the beach scene. We began the scene with the music from "Cluck old Hen"and Rick, the other banjo player played a picking bow to make it sound pretty weird. I brought the picking bow from Mountain View Arkansas where Jimmy Driftwood made it popular.

We had an old time bluegrass band with two banjos. I am now playing in a band called Honey Holler from Asheville NC, Chris Carney the fiddler is still active playing in several old time bands in Sonoma County.
Contributed by: Dave Williamson
The p*rno that Karen goes to see when meeting Eddie, was shot especially for this movie by Joe Dante in his own garage.
Contributed by: Steven Murray
Dee Wallace used to become so involved with her characters, she would make herself ill. The director and other actors in 'The Howling' were concerned about her in many scenes because she couldn't calm down.
Contributed by: Steven Murray
In the contract it was stated that there would be 'no nudity.' Then, for the shoot at the end of the movie, in the barn, Dee Wallace came in and along with all the Werewolves in the barn, there were also naked women. She refused to film. So then Joe Dante (the director) called one of the producers up to talk her around. He arrived angry and stomped onto the set, then seeing it, said - "She's right! It look's ridiculous!" So the scene was never filmed.
Contributed by: Steven Murray
When Dee Wallace was cast, the director asked her if she knew any talented actors to play her husband. He didn't know she was involved with Christopher Stone. She pretended to have a good long think and then gave his name. It wasn't until after Stone got the part, that Dee told Joe they were going out.
Contributed by: Steven Murray
To create the change from Eddie to the werewolf, condoms were used under false skin to create the bubbling effect. The one on the actors neck went so large at one point, they had to stop filming because he couldn't breathe, as it was pressing so hard against his throat.
Contributed by: Steven Murray
Dee Wallace was asked to not come onto the set when her boyfriend (and soon to be husbund) Christopher Stone was filming his sex scene with another actress. Joe Dante agreed it would be in Dee's best interest.
Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
Alternate Versions
Sometimes, there will be several versions of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may release a special cut of the movie.
Rewind Archive
A french version of the movie, for whatever reason, cuts out part of the scene where Eddie pulls a bullet from his head.
The Howling