DirectorHope Perello Film seriesHowling series Duration LanguageEnglish
Release date1991 (1991) WriterGary Brandner (novel), Kevin Rock CastBrendan Hughes (Ian), Michele Matheson (Elizabeth), Sean Sullivan (Winston), Antonio Fargas (Bellamey) Similar moviesHowling series movies
Howling VI: The Freaks is a 1991 direct-to-video horror directed by Hope Perello, from the screenplay by Kevin Rock, starring Brendan Hughes, Bruce Payne, Michele Matheson, Sean Gregory Sullivan, (aka Sean Sullivan) and Carol Lynley. "The Freaks" is the sixth entry in the series of seven stand-alone films with loose continuity. Like most of the other films, the film is loosely based on The Howling series of novels by Gary Brandner; however, minor elements from the The Howling III: Echoes novel are in the film which includes the solitary drifter who is cursed as a sympathetic werewolf and later recruited by a supernatural being as well as werewolves being used in carnival freak shows.
Artisan Home Entertainment and Timeless Media Group has released this film along with Howling V: The Rebirth as a double feature on DVD.
Ian, a likeable but severely solitary drifter, takes a job making repairs at the local church in the barren rural town of Canton Bluff. Eschewing human contact, Ian seems unnaturally leery of the impending full moon. Aware that Ian is a genuine werewolf, R.B. Harker (the owner of a traveling carnival) captures and forces the young man to work for his carnival, where he is put on display with other human oddities. To further complicate matters, Harker is revealed to have a monstrous secret of his own - he is a vampire.
Brendan Hughes as Ian
Michele Matheson as Elizabeth
Sean Gregory Sullivan as Winston
Antonio Fargas as Bellamey
Carol Lynley as Miss Anna Eddington
Jered Barclay as Dewey
Bruce Payne as R.B. Harker (as Bruce Martyn Payne)
Gary Cervantes as Sheriff Fuller (as Carlos Cervantes)
Christopher Morley as Carl/Carlotta
Deep Roy as Toones
Randy Pelish as Pruitt
Ben Kronen as Hank
John A. Neris as Earl Bartlett
Al White as Carny Worker
Jeremy West as Lester
Christian Roerig as Werewolf
The reception for this film was somewhat mediocre at best. Leonard Maltin wrote in his book 2002 Movie & Video Guide that Howling VI is "Intelligentally written, especially for this series, but pretentious with vague Ray Bradburyesque undertones". The DVD & Video Guide 2004 noted that "Special effects that leave a lot to be desired diminish this really strange entry in the long-running werewolf series".