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Howling III: The Marsupials
Australia 1987
Directed by Philippe Mora
Running time 95 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3 stars


Philippe Mora directed the second in The Howling franchise, 1985’s Howling II: ...Your Sister Is a Werewolf, a self-parodic, sexploitational effort which is an embarrasment to all concerned. Despite sharing a title with Gary Brandner’s book "Howling III", Howling III: The Marsupials has no plot or character connection with any of the Howling series. Mora, who wrote the script, takes the myth of the werewolf Downunder and hybridizes it with the legendary Tasmanian tiger or Thylacine.

Barry Otto plays a scientist, Harry Beckmeyer, obsessed with the myth of an Antipodean marsupial werewolf. He eventually finds one (Imogen Annesley, a strikingly good-looking actress who has had a patchy career since, largely on television) who spawns a tacker that she keeps in a pouch (thanks to prosthetic work by Bob Carron) and ends up becoming an Oscar-winning Hollywood starlet, whilst Harry himself falls in love with another, a Russian ballerina who has defected to Australia. Well, that’s some of the plot but don’t worry too much about it, this is kitchen-sink parody with not the slightest concession to cinematic illusionism.

When Mora goes flat chat with the spoofing the film is very amusing, when he slows down for some attempt at B grade narrative development the film is dire. Notwithstanding, with cameos from Frank Thring, Edna Everage and Bill Collins and an excellently-awful horror movie-within-a-horror movie sequence this is A grade Aussie trash. The film was independently financed with American money and never theatrically released, the backers, however, apparently making a handsome return on DVD sales in the US.

DVD Extras: Director's commentary: TV Spot; Trailer; Stills Gallery

Available from: Umbrella Entertainment

 

 

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