An American Werewolf in LondonAugust. 21,1981 R
Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
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If you're a horror fan and you've never seen this film, you're missing out on a great gem of a film. To this day, the film features one of the most awesome werewolf transformation scenes ever! To think this was done before CGI, and was mostly done with practical effects. The make-up was fantastic! This is essential a horror comedy without horror or humor getting in the way of a particular scene. It blends seamlessly, bringing us a film that is funny at times, and horrific at the same time, without being gory.The film's acting was also very good, notably John Woodvine as Dr Hirsch. I've seen my share of werewolf films over the years and this remains my favorite by far. The climax at Piccadilly Circus was really great. This is a true classic.
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American Werewolf in London, undeniably the most highly praised werewolf film but is it really all that the film is cracked up to be? The film starts off really rough with atrocious dialogue between the two lead actors. It's a painful beginning ten minutes as the writing eventually gets better as more characters are introduced. David Naughton overacts a bit too much but otherwise he did a solid job in his lead role and has a good look for it. Jenny Agutter was the real star of the film, having great screen presence and bringing an authenticity to her role. Other attributes that the film did rather well was great dream sequences that were actually frightening. There are a lot of horror films that try to pull of scary dream sequences but American Werewolf definitely did it right. Also, of course, the transformation scene is top notch with perfect background music and interesting filming techniques on Naughton's arms, legs and exterminates. The werewolf's completed state is pretty believable too. There is a great ending too, albeit a tad ridiculous but there is no shown remorse to the Londoners and the city landscape was shot really well. John Landis's American Werewolf in London starts off really poor but quickly redeems itself into being a great horror film.
If You're looking for a good Werewolf movie look no further than this absolute timeless classic from 1981. An American Werewolf in London is without a doubt the best Werewolf and Horror/Comedy ever made. The special effects are unsurpassed. If Werewolves were real this is exactly how they would look, instead of a human shape with a wolves head, it looks more like a massive very scary looking dog/wolf. You catch a glimpse of it on the Underground scene and then again at the very end. They couldn't have made it look more real if they tried. It has an absolute perfect balance of comedy and horror. The horror of the movie is very scary and the comedy is often hilarious without adding the mistake of slapstick (An American Werewolf in Paris). There is also a bit of a love story thrown in. I think this is and always will be my favorite horror of all time and was probably the first real horror that I saw as a child (Shown to me by my very irresponsible babysitter when I was just 7). I hear it's due for a remake, it would have to be a pretty amazing movie to surpass this one.