An American Werewolf In London (1981)

“Winston Churchill was full of shit… Shakespeare’s French…. Fuck… Shit… Cunt… Shit” … Yeah that scene pretty much sums the tonal feel for this iconic creature feature.

Two America college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

My my my… An American Werewolf in London is clearly timeless. Director/Writer John Landis, more commonly known for The Blues Brothers (1980), but for us horror enthusiasts will find him more memorable for his cult classic horror / comedy An American Werewolf in London (1981).

American Werewolf may in fact be the best werewolf film there is, it is iconic horror at its finest. Landis cleverly balances the humour and horror so perfectly that he has created a film with real quirkiness and charm. The dialogue is witty and the performances of David Naughton (David) and Griffin Dunne (Jack) are exceptional. There chemistry with each other is so loveable and goofy.

The real star of the screen though is the jaw dropping makeup and practical effects. It is an absolute marvel to behold! The transformation scene is so god damn flawless, it is grisly and painful to watch. There is also the ghastly cadaver of Jack who is gooey gory goodness! It is no wonder that makeup man extraordinaire Rick Baker would go onto win an Oscar for the film.

An American Werewolf is proof that CGI is a tool overused in todays features and it pains me to know there is a remake in development… It eases my soul a little to know that at least the current director attached is John Landis’s son, Max Landis. But, how you could compete with a cult classic is lost on me!

An American Werewolf in London is breath taking! It succeeds on all fronts in horror and humour. It will carefully stray into campiness, but never stay there for too long and how could you forget a film with that ending! I am still deciding on whether it was the worst or absolutely best cut to credits ever!

8.5 / 10

“I will not be threatened by a walking meat loaf!”


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