Howling V: The Rebirth

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Howling V: The Rebirth
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Directed byNeal Sundstrom
Produced byGary Barber
Harvey Goldsmith
Steven A. Lane
Robert Pringle
Edward Simons
Clive Turner
Screenplay byFreddie Rowe
Clive Turner
Based onnovels
by Gary Brandner
StarringPhil Davis
Victoria Catlin
Elizabeth Shé
Ben Cole
Lee Pembleton
Music byThe Factory
CinematographyArledge Armenaki
Edited byClaudia Finkle
Bill Swenson
Distributed byArtisan Entertainment
Release date
  • 1989 (1989)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States

Howling V: The Rebirth is a 1989 direct-to-video horror film directed by Neal Sundstrom from the screenplay by Freddie Rowe and Clive Turner, and filmed in Budapest, Hungary. Starring Phil Davis, Victoria Catlin, Elizabeth She, Ben Cole, and William Shockley. The Rebirth is the fifth entry in the series of seven stand-alone films with loose continuity.

International Video Entertainment released it to video in 1989 and released on DVD as a double feature with Howling VI: The Freaks in 2003 by Artisan Home Entertainment and in 2007 by Timeless Media Group.


In Budapest, 1489, a family living in a castle is slaughtered by a couple who then commit suicide. However, as the man lays dying, he discovers a baby survived the ordeal.

On 1989, a group of people is invited by a mysterious Count to the same castle's reopening; the group consists of Gail Cameron, Marylou Summers, Jonathan Hammet, David Price, the Professor, and Catherine. Other than them, the castle is attended by personnel Peter and Susan. During lunch time, Hammet relates to Marylou Summers the story of the region which, 1000 years before, was being terrorized by packs of wolves, supposedly being controled by Satan himself, disguised as a man at day and as a wolf at night. According to the Professor, the castle was constructed around that time, and then unexplicably abandoned. Following some noises, the Professor stumble upon a dungeon, just when something breaks its chains, he is then trapped inside, and eventually attacked and killed.

The following morning, the Count explains to them the story of how the powerful family in charge of the castle was killed, he then expreses disconfort after the Professor is mentioned, and abruptly leaves. He returns afterwards, to explain the Professor's disappearence; that night, Gail expresses to Ray her belief something is amiss and there's someone else in the castle. Unbelieving, Ray searchs and eventually finds a secret passage, from which he witness Gail being attacked by a werewolf, he then finds an exit, alongside the Professor's body, but is then ambushed and killed on the snow. David's camera is sabotaged by Peter; the Count searchs for Cameron and Ray and, alongside Jack and David, finds the secret passage and a maze of tunnels. Everyone decides to organize a search party. Jonathan and Marylin discover someone trick them into getting lost, and Jonathan is killed, Peter is harmed, and Marylou and Anna witnesses the werewolf attacking them.

Jonathan and Anna discover all of them lack a family, and begin to suspect they were lured there. David and Catherine find most of the bodies. Convinced the Count is the killer, they go to alert the others, however they find Jonathan already dead. Pressured, the Count reveals all of them are descendants from the family who owned the castle, and thus is a werewolf, which only can be destroyed by another relative, he used the other's as a bait. He's then locked on the dungeon, alongside Peter and Susan. David and Catherine decide to kill them, against Anna's wishes, so she releases them, getting herself locked by them. She's suppossed to be safe, however she's killed by the werewolf when she is approached by its human form.

David discovers Ray's body, whilst Catherine finds Anna's, before being herself killed. Peter accidentally kills Susan before being killed by Marylou. Going outside, they find the Count, who, after advising Marylou that David is possessed and will transform into the werewolf when the Moon appears, fights David over the gun, which is retrieved by Marylou and used to kill the Count, she and David embrace, with David telling everything ended and there's no werewolf. However, as the moon appears, she smiles wickedly.


  • Philip Davis as The Count
  • Victoria Catlin as Dr. Catherine Peake
  • Elizabeth Shé as Marylou Summers
  • Ben Cole as David Gillespie
  • William Shockley as Richard Hamilton
  • Mark Sivertsen as Jonathan Lane
  • Stephanie Faulkner as Gail Cameron
  • Mary Stavin as Anna
  • Clive Turner as Ray Price
  • Nigel Triffitt as The Professor
  • Jill Pearson as Eleanor
  • József Madaras as Peter
  • Renáta Szatler as Susan

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