- 1 hr 29 min
Howl is a British horror film released in 2015 that revolves around a group of passengers who are stuck on a stranded train in the middle of nowhere. Directed by Paul Hyett, the movie stars Elliot Cowan, Rosie Day, and Calvin Dean in the lead roles. The film follows Joe (Elliot Cowan), a ticket inspector on the last train out of London. But when the train hits something on the tracks, it comes to a sudden halt in the middle of a dense forest. The few passengers on the train include nervous businessman Adrian (Jack Derges), his chatty girlfriend Nina (Rosie Day), surly punk Billy (Sam Gittens), paranoid American Matthew (Sean Pertwee), and the trainâs driver, Kate (Shauna Macdonald).
As the stranded passengers huddle together, they start to realize that something much more insidious than just an accident has occurred. One by one, they fall prey to a mysterious, bloodthirsty creature that has been stalking the woods, and they soon realize that their only hope for survival is to stick together and fight for their lives.
With a tense and atmospheric score by Paul E. Francis and impressive makeup and special effects by Hyett and his team, Howl creates a palpable sense of dread and danger as it delves deeper into the darkness of the forest. The film also explores the character development of its survivors, revealing their vulnerabilities and personal struggles.
Cowan gives a powerful performance as the de facto leader of the group, while Dayâs character Nina provides a touch of humor and levity in the midst of the horror. The supporting cast also does an excellent job of portraying their charactersâ various emotions and motivations.
What sets Howl apart from other monster movies is the intelligent script by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, which tackles themes of survival, sacrifice, and redemption. The film also uses its limited setting, the cramped space of the train, to great effect to create a sense of claustrophobia and confinement. The storyâs gradual buildup towards the reveal of the creature adds to the tension of the film, keeping audiences on edge.
Overall, Howl is a well-crafted horror film that successfully balances scares and character-driven drama. It will definitely satisfy fans of the genre who are looking for a fresh take on the classic monster movie formula.
Howl is a 2015 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.