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Howling VI: The Freaks

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Genre  Comedy, Drama, Horror
Music director  Patrick Gleeson
Country  United States
4/10 IMDb

Director  Hope Perello
Film series  Howling series
Language  English
Howling VI: The Freaks movie poster
Release date  1991 (1991)
Writer  Gary Brandner (novel), Kevin Rock
Cast  Brendan Hughes (Ian), Michele Matheson (Elizabeth), Sean Sullivan (Winston), Antonio Fargas (Bellamey)
Similar movies  Howling 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.


Howling VI: The Freaks movie scenes

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.

Main cast

  • 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
  • Reception

    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".


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