Joe Dante, 1981
Wexner Center members receive free admission to select screenings at the Gateway Film Center, located in the South Campus Gateway. The films are selected (and often introduced) by Wex curators. Don’t forget to bring your Wex member ID card to show at the Gateway’s box office.
Eminent film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum describes Joe Dante as"one of the most personal directors working in Hollywood"and calls his work"the perfect refutation of the idea that popular American comedies have to be simple."During this selected retrospective, you’ll be able to revel in how Dante consistently creates giddy entertainments that are also sophisticated satires. We'll augment the Wexner Center screenings, which will focus on Dante's most explicitly and subversively satirical work, with additional screenings throughout the month at the Gateway Film Center.
"Dante ensures that the horror is balanced with humor and nods to werewolf lore."—Sight and Sound
A popular Los Angeles TV reporter (Dee Wallace) is given doctor's orders to visit a remote consciousness-raising retreat called "The Colony" after a traumatic incident with a serial killer. The bizarre behavior of the resident begins to make sense once the reporter discovers that she is staying amidst a community of werewolves! The Howling is not only a great werewolf movie, but also a witty and knowing commentary on the genre itself. The film is as full of impressive werewolf transformation scenes as of social satire, which is no surprise given that the special effects were done by Rob Bottin (The Thing) and the screenplay was written by John Sayles. (90 mins., 35mm)