There’s nothing quite as appalling as taking a well crafted film, Joe Dante’s The Howling (1981), and turning it into a piece of crap sequel that is followed by other pieces of crap sequels. Philippe Mora takes over the director’s chair for both Howling II and III and makes a royal mess of both. Howling II takes itself WAY to seriously and Howling III doesn’t take itself seriously enough! [You can read my review of The Marsupials: The Howling III elsewhere on my blog.]
Suffice it to say that even the great Christopher Lee [Dracula Prince of Darkness, Horror of Dracula] cannot save this film. Lee stars as Stephen Crosscoe who is an occult specialist and werewolf slayer. As a tribute to his talent, he takes a crappy script and finds a way to make his lines convincing. The rest of the cast is not so fortunate. [Rumor has it that Christopher Lee actually apologized to Joe Dante for being in this film when they worked together on Gremlins!]
The Howling II suffers from being overly dramatic with a storyline that borders on utter nonsense. It also suffers from inconsistent special effects, especially in the way the werewolves are portrayed. The original film was great because the werewolves had a distinct and terrifying look. The ones in this film look like bad Halloween costumes that vary from person to person. Shame on the special makeup effects department for giving us such sloppy work!
I won’t belabor the point. You can skip EVERY sequel to The Howling but do see the original. It is by far the best of the bunch.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.