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UHF Review


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Since it's debut in the late '80s, UHF has since managed to obtain some sort of cult status; mostly among potheads and manic, munchie-hungry, college kids. Creator "Weird Al" Yankovic would blame its dismal box-office performance and subsequent disappearance on a release date which pitted it in a hopeless battle against some of the most popular films of all time. But judging from the content of the film, that's just an excuse. Thankfully, Weird Al has stayed away from movies ever since.

UHF stars parody song-writer Yankovic as a hapless dreamer who assumes control of a failing UHF television station. This serves as the perfect format for Weird Al to do what Weird Al does best: parody! Honestly, UHF is really just a platform for Weird Al to engage in his usual assortment of skits, song parodies, and wacky hijinks. When focusing on that, UHF is dumb, but quite honestly funny. Michael Richards (the future Kramer) even jumps in as Weird Al's crazy janitor, who eventually earns his way on air as a popular children's show host.

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The Howling Review


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Werewolves are the least-regarded of all the classic monsters. While vampires have all the sex appeal and mummies have already had their blockbuster remake, werewolves have a tendency to seem low-rent and shaggy; basically like really angry dogs. 1981 changed all that with a brief two-film comeback for the hairy beasts: John Landis's An American Werewolf in London and Joe Dante's The Howling. Superior both in terms of its story and sense of humor, The Howling shares American Werewolf's post-modern cheekiness but knows when to rein it in and let the wolves howl.

Starting in a welter of televised static, the movie's setup is straight from a standard thriller: TV anchorwoman Karen White (Dee Wallace, one year before E.T.) is taking part in a police sting. She's been receiving letters from a man claiming to be the brutal serial killer currently terrorizing L.A., and as part of the sting, has agreed to meet him. After a cop mix-up and a horrific encounter between Karen and the killer in a peepshow booth, the killer is shot dead. Karen keeps having bad dreams, however, prompting her psychologist, Dr. George Waggner (Patrick Macnee), to send her up the coast to convalesce at The Colony, a retreat where his teachings - vague mumbo-jumbo about harmonizing the relationship between one's animal and civilized selves and something called "The Gift" - are put into practice. Then she starts hearing all that howling in the woods around her cabin...

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