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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Cast: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine,

Director(s): John Landis

Language: English

Genre: Horror

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In this grisly black comedy, David Kessler and Jack Goodman (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne, respectively) are two American students on a backpacking tour of Europe. Wandering the backroads of gloomy East Proctor, England, they find a pub where the unhelpful locals act suspiciously strange. The unsuspecting boys flee the pub in search of lodging after being warned to avoid the moors. Lost in the dark countryside, the pair is attacked by a werewolf. Only David survives, waking up three weeks la... [Get complete synopsis]


Papamikey wrote on April 22, 2005, 8:25 pm
Mood: cougH!
There are a few movies in the "Horror" genre that transcend the camp B-Movie stigma that haunts it (no pun). Movies that I can truly recommend to non-Horror fans as "must sees".

The Shining, The Thing, Alien, Jaws, etc...AND An American Werewolf in London.

This is a stunningly scary movie again not for what you SEE but for what you DON'T see. Consider the scene where the lone man is stalked by the werewolf in an underground subway in London...we NEVER SEE the werewolf save for a GLIMPSE of the SIZE of it at the very end of the scene where he is mauled by the escalator.

And, of course, the dark comedy aspect of Griffin Dunne in varied states of decomposition as his undead friend...


Papa Mikey!
motleymitch wrote on April 22, 2005, 11:54 pm
Great horror flick. The opening scene scared the bejesus out of me, when they're initially attacked in the moors (not the moops!).
And lots of dark comedy too....the dead friend's ghost, the naked romp in the zoo....
and that CREEPY weird dream sequence when those stormtrooper/ugnaut soldier things storm into the house and kill his family (the kids are watching The Muppet Show....I don't know why I remember that...) Kudos to John Landis.
Deril wrote on April 23, 2005, 7:45 am
loved it. A must see horror flick
MasterWoodsman wrote on April 24, 2005, 12:52 pm
Pretty scary stuff. Saw it last month.
motleymitch wrote on December 10, 2005, 12:04 pm
Just rewatched this and forgot how good the Werewolf transformation scene is. It holds up magnificently. No CGI, no bad FX, and all done in a brightly lit environment so you can SEE the changes taking place.
Same goes for when his dead freind visits him in the hospital....the decayed face and hanging flesh are really well done and in broad daylight, nothing hidden by shadows.

boy - "A naked American man stole my balloons!"
mom - "Whaat?"

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