An American Werewolf In London

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Overview

While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David David Naughton and Jack Griffin Dunne happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut....David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits ...
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Overview

While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David David Naughton and Jack Griffin Dunne happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut....David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. David dismisses the encounter as a hallucination, but all indicators point to lycanthrope; evenings of barking and bloodletting follow closely behind. While the story is thin and much of the tongue-in-cheek humor is overdone, there are plenty of genuine jolts thanks to makeup guru Rick Baker's eye-popping special effects. The werewolf, resembling a cross between a bear and a wolverine, appears frighteningly real, and, given the fantastic premise, the gore is most convincing although surprisingly and refreshingly scant. The hospital dream sequences are creative, and the scenes in which the werewolf runs rampant through downtown London are particularly good. In all, An American Werewolf in London is an original, atmospheric film that manages both to scare and amuse. While dismissed by most American critics upon its release, the film managed to secure a place in the annals of American cinema when Baker won an Academy Award for his amazing effects and creature designs.
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Special Features

I Walked with a Werewolf: Academy Award-winning Make-Up Artist Rick Baker reflects on An American Werewolf in London and The Wolfman; Making an American Werewolf in London; An Interview with Director John Landis; Make-up Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London; Casting of the Hand; Outtakes; Storyboards; Photograph Montage; Feature Commentary with Cast Members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Because of the admittedly justified attention paid to Rick Baker's amazing werewolf transformation effects, certain other elements of this irreverent, impressively realized horror film have been neglected. John Landis' witty script and careful direction strike just the right balance between nervous laughter and savage gore, and a pair of nightmares near the beginning of the film are among the most canny and effective shock sequences of the '80s. The appealing cast is highlighted by Griffin Dunne, who turns in a sardonically funny performance as an increasingly grotesque decomposing zombie which provides most of the film's considerable dark humor. Landis reverts to his usual car crashes and mayhem in the film's disappointing conclusion, and throws in another "See You Next Wednesday" reference for his fans, but the majority of this film -- though definitely not for the squeamish -- is wonderfully entertaining and highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • UPC: 025192152757
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Repackaged
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,404

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Naughton David Kessler
Jenny Agutter Alex Price
Griffin Dunne Jack Goodman
John Woodvine Dr. Hirsch
Brian Glover Chess player
David Schofield Darts Player
Lila Kaye Barmaid
Paul Kernber Sgt. McManus
Don McKillop Inspector Villiers
Frank Oz Mr. Collins
Joe Belcher Truck Driver
Rik Mayall Chess Player
Paddy Ryan Werewolf
Albert Moses Hospital Porter
Mark Fisher Max Kessler
Gordon Sterne Mr. Kessler
Paula Jacobs Mrs. Kessler
Sydney Bromley Alf
Frank Singuineau Ted
Michael Carter Gerald Bringsley
Elizabeth Bradley Woman in Zoo
George Hilsdon Newsvendor
Alan Ford Taxi Driver
Linzi Drew Brenda Bristols
Christine Hargreaves Ticket Lady
John Salthouse Bobby at Cinema
Roger Rowland Police
Technical Credits
John Landis Director, Screenwriter
Roy Alon Stunts
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Rick Baker Makeup Special Effects
Ken Barker Stunts
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Marc Boyle Stunts
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Clive Curtis Stunts
Peter Diamond Stunts
Leslie Dilley Art Director
Tracey Eddon Stunts
George Folsey Jr. Producer
Terry Forrestal Stunts
Romo Gorrara Stunts
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Fred Haggerty Stunts
Frank Henson Stunts
Joyce Herlihy Production Manager
Nick Hobbs Stunts
Billy Horrigan Stunts
Arthur Howell Stunts
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Gareth Milne Stunts
Deborah Nadoolman Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Colin Skeaping Stunts
Tony Smart Stunts
Rocky Taylor Stunts
David Tringham Asst. Director
Terry Walsh Stunts
Paul Weston Stunts
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Werewolf in London
1. Main Titles [2:32]
2. An English Vacation [3:46]
3. The Slaughtered Lamb [7:32]
4. Stick To The Road [3:31]
5. The Hospital [11:10]
6. Bad Dreams [4:26]
7. Jack's Back [4:39]
8. Alex's New Roommate [5:15]
9. Another Warning [4:41]
10. Dr. Hirsch Investigates [5:53]
11. Home Alone [4:44]
12. Metamorphosis [3:05]
13. The First Victims [4:08]
14. A Killer In London [3:44]
15. The Naked American [4:11]
16. I'm A Werewolf! [1:50]
17. See You Next Wednesday [6:23]
18. Piccadilly Circus [4:46]
19. Cul De Sac [5:27]
20. End Titles [1:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- American Werewolf in London
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   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Rick Baker: I Walked With A Werewolf
      Making An American Werewolf In London
      An Interview with John Landis
      Makeup Artist Rick Baker On An American Werewolf In London
      Casting Of The Hand
      Outtakes
      Storyboards
      Photograph Montage
      Feature Commentary With Cast Members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne: On/Off
         Feature Commentary With Cast Members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne: On
         Feature Commentary With Cast Members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best wereolf movie ever made

    Just to correct a prior review, you couldn't tell the transformations were computer generated because they weren't! This was made in 1980-81 and there were no CGI effects. Everything you see was done with practical make-up and was actually filmed. The scenes are so good that the Academy of Motion Pictures created a category to recognize achievement in special effects, which they awarded to Rick Baker who is the genius behind these effects. Funny and still scary it is an absolute must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will Scare Your Pants Off, Mate

    Definitely one of the best werewolf movies ever made, 'American Werewolf in London' is a smashing good time. The transformation scene and the decaying zombie friend are true classics. I also liked the use of Credence Clearwater Revival's 'Bad Moon On The Rise' as part of the soundtrack. Guaranteed to scare you blooming crazy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must See Werewolf Movie

    This is probably one of my favorite werewolf movies of all time. The werewolf looked very real and I enjoyed the fact that you couldn't tell the transformations of it were computer generated.This beats The Howling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT SPECIAL EFFECTS

    COME-ON, FOR THE YEAR IN WHICH THIS FILM WAS MADE, I THINK IT HAD BETTER EFFECTS THAN SOME OF THE COMPUTER ANIMATION OF TODAY. I HAVE SEEN THIS FLICK LIKE 5 TIMES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All time favorite werewolf movie

    Great special effects and it's not your typical low budget film just like The Howling and their series. I recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a good werewolf movie. It's simply the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best there is

    The best werewolf movie to date. Sometimes I go straight to the transformation scene because that is my favorite scene! If you're looking for a horror flick, this is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best werewolf movies ever!!!!!!!

    Great! Humor, good effects,great werewolf transformation,foreign people, what else do you need in a werewolf film. You can't go wrong with this horror classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome To The Slaughted Lamb!

    Director John Landis strays away from the typical straight comedy productions that made him famous to produce a cult classic horror film - The American Werewolf In London. The film is based around two American College friends holidying in England who are attacked by a Werewolf. One dies a savage death, the other (lead actor David Naughton) survives only to have inherited the werewolfs curse and thurst for human blood. Being a huge horror fan i would say that ''Werewolf'' is by far the scariest film i have ever seen. Director Landis delibritly filters the film with scenes of light comedy, but the sheer suspense and gore defietly make this a first class horror flick. The special effects are groundbraking and still look amazing today, there is a great soundtrack to the film as well as very, very errie background music.

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