it's not a great movie. However, for those of you who read the original novel, this storyline is much closer to the book than the original Howling film as AJ said in the review. The special effects are not as good as the original, but I would gladly sacrifice that for the faithfulness to the novel. I recently rewatched the original and actually hated everything about it, except the werewolf scenes.....loved those effects! If you liked the book, watch this movie.
But you proved some good points in your review. Like, why the hell would a werewolf attack happen in the afternoon? Meh.