An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

John Landis (1981)

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Director John Landis (The Blues Brothers) here pulls off the difficult trick of revitalising the horror genre while parodying it at the same time. David Naughton and Griffin Dunne play the American students who are attacked by werewolves on an English moor. Only Naughton survives, but is visited by his dead friend, who has bad news. Funny, scary and extremely gory - Dunne's gradual decomposition is an absolute hoot - this lycanthropic lampoon is also a splendid satire on British life as seen through American eyes. The special effects and Rick Baker's Oscar-winning make-up established new trends in monster metamorphoses: after this revolutionary movie, no horror transformation was ever the same again. The belated, watered-down sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, followed in 1997.


A tourist is attacked while walking on the Yorkshire Moors and undergoes a terrifying metamorphosis, becoming a ravening werewolf whenever the moon is full. John Landis's horror comedy, starring David Naughton, Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter, with appearances by Brian Glover and Rik Mayall as unwelcoming locals in an isolated pub. Featuring special effects by Rick Baker.

Cast & Crew

David Kessler David Naughton
Alex Price Jenny Agutter
Jack Goodman Griffin Dunne
Dr Hirsch John Woodvine
Chess player Brian Glover
Second chess player Rik Mayall
Darts player David Schofield
Barmaid Lila Kaye
Sergeant McManus Paul Kember
Inspector Villiers Don McKillop
Mr Collins Frank Oz
Nurse Gallagher Anne-Marie Davies
Mrs Kessler Paula Jacobs
Mr Kessler Gordon Sterne
Max Kessler Mark Fisher
Rachel Kessler Michele Brisigotti
Gerald Bringsley Michael Carter
Director John Landis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Oct 2009
Comedy Drama