Howling: New Moon Rising
(also known as Howling VII
and Howling VII: Mystery Woman
) is a 1995 direct-to-video horror
sequel to The Howling
, written, starring and directed by Clive Turner
It is the seventh and final film in the cult classic The Howling series, directly succeeding Howling VI: The Freaks.
The film ties together the previous three sequels, Howling IV: The Original Nightmare, Howling V: The Rebirth, and Howling VI: The Freaks, featuring characters and footage from each.
A number of vicious murders occur in a small California town after a motorcycle-riding stranger arrives. The gruesome slayings look disturbingly like the work of a werewolf. Meanwhile, in another nearby town, police are hot on the trail of a killer they believe is a werewolf.
Response to this film has been overwhelmingly bad. The biggest criticism of the film is that there are hardly any werewolves to be seen, and when there is one, it's apparent that it's an obvious Halloween mask. Other criticisms were scenes being taken straight from Howling IV
, Howling V
and Howling VI
. The "actors" are just simply locals living in the small desert town where this was filmed, basically playing themselves sitting around telling jokes and drinking beer.
The film did good business in the Direct-To-Video market when it was released.
- Elizabeth Shé cameos as Mary Lou Summers from the fifth and sixth films. Although having a small role, her character is essential to the plot.
- Romy Windsor of Howling IV: The Original Nightmare also makes a special appearance as Marie Adams, her character from that film.
- A clip of Howling VI is shown as "police evidence" relating to a body found at the beginning of Howling 7.