Title: The Howl

Also known as:
L'urlo (Original title)

Year: 1970

Genre: Surrealism / Softcore / Comedy

Language: Italian

Runtime: 93 min

Director: Tinto Brass

Writer: Tinto Brass & Gian Carlo Fusco

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063751/

Plot:
A bride runs away from the wedding ceremony along with a strange man and on their journey they meet alot of sadistic, crazy and amusing people such as cannibals, a midget dictator and talking animals.

Our thoughts:
After watching Tinto's other film, "Attraction", I went on to the next film in the "Tinto Brass Collection Volume 3", which was this film. If you are used to Tinto Brass films, you might be expecting sex comedies, but this is definitely a different cookie. I'm not trying to sound like a pro in his films as I haven't seen that many, but as far as I know he didn't focus all that much on surreal films later on in his career.

Nudity and messed up shit is pretty much what you expect going into this film, and I'd be a huge liar if I said that wasn't what you get. Take the weird swan slaughter in a bright white room where people are performing absurb sexual stuff. But what is the story in this film? C'mon, don't be naive! You're not gonna watch this for the impressive story, or for any story for that matter. It might have more story going on than the Tinto Brass film "Attraction" which was mostly a pop music video, but it's honestly a stretch to call what you get a story. A runaway bride and a stranger go on a journey where they meet plenty of surreal and bizarre people and situations. There's that, and now you can enjoy the film for what it really is. What that is exactly, you'll have to figure out. I often prefer this over "Attraction", as it gets more bizarre and crazy than "Attraction" did, but I enjoyed the artistic values alot more in the other one. Here it often feels crazy for the sake of being crazy which isn't always a good thing.

Naked ladies? Of course! Plenty? Yes, sir. Good looking? They're alright! Worth watching for the nudity only? Not really, if you want just that you can go elsewhere. But that's not saying there's good scenes with nudity, even though the scenes often are followed by whatever random thing Tinto Brass could think of. The above mentioned swan decapitation is a good example of that. The scene seems like it will be featuring bondage sex and whatnot, but then a swan is brought in a killed. This is no wanking matter.

Now to what really matters. Should you get it? If you keep in mind that this is a very obscure and surreal softcore flick from 1969 that barely makes sense, then you will probably like it. Even if you only watch it to get a little wiser by seeing more cult classics, it's worth the watch. However if you expect anything else, you'll end up very disappointed. Standard modern movie goers will probably turn it off within the first 10 minutes as it acquires certain taste. I recommend you to also get "Attraction" featured in the same box set if you end up enjoying this film.


Positive things:
- Surreal and very unique.
- Better than "Attraction".
Negative things:
- Most people of the 00's won't like this. There were times I felt bored too even.

Rating:
Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 3/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 2.5/5

We got this movie from:
CultEpics.com

It can be bought from:
Amazon.com

Reviewed by:
Ronny




 

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