An American Werewolf In LondonDirector: John Landis
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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- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|David Naughton||David Kessler|
|Jenny Agutter||Alex Price|
|Griffin Dunne||Jack Goodman|
|John Woodvine||Dr. Hirsch|
|Brian Glover||Chess player|
|David Schofield||Darts Player|
|Paul Kernber||Sgt. McManus|
|Don McKillop||Inspector Villiers|
|Frank Oz||Mr. Collins|
|Joe Belcher||Truck Driver|
|Rik Mayall||Chess Player|
|Albert Moses||Hospital Porter|
|Mark Fisher||Max Kessler|
|Gordon Sterne||Mr. Kessler|
|Paula Jacobs||Mrs. Kessler|
|Michael Carter||Gerald Bringsley|
|Elizabeth Bradley||Woman in Zoo|
|Alan Ford||Taxi Driver|
|Linzi Drew||Brenda Bristols|
|Christine Hargreaves||Ticket Lady|
|John Salthouse||Bobby at Cinema|
|Richard Baker||Makeup Special Effects|
|Elmer Bernstein||Score Composer|
|Leslie Dilley||Art Director|
|Peter Guber||Executive Producer|
|Joyce Herlihy||Production Manager|
|Deborah Nadoolman||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jon Peters||Executive Producer|
|David Tringham||Asst. Director|
|Paul Weston & His Orchestra||Stunts|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.