The best werewolf effects you'll never see...
This franchise has been nothing short of a disaster, lately, but it at least managed to get the attention of horror fantasy lovers and milked it. This one is a little more on the Gothic side, for a change. There is a particular gimmick to Howling 5 that involves mystery guests and some twisted interpersonal game. While it keeps us guessing for a while, the outcome is far from satisfying...
The production has its limitations. Lines are spit; not felt, and awkwardness generally ensues, as a result. Its biggest weakness, though, is that it is nothing more than an aggregation of horror movie tropes and rip-offs, mostly borrowed from subgenres of horror, used as devices to postpone what we're ultimately waiting for: a werewolf, then an extra transformation or two, if budget allows.
On the lycanthropic side of things, this one is completely dry. Some might appreciate the adventure take, others the limited cast and set, but most are here for the beast and not the backstory of an underground labyrinth. Despite the sporadic lack of mayhem, there is a good ambiance to it all. Sadly, the script isn't smart about the material at hand.