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An American Werewolf in London

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1981
  • John Landis
  • 93 mins
  • 18

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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David KesslerDavid Naughton
Alex PriceJenny Agutter
Jack GoodmanGriffin Dunne
Dr HirschJohn Woodvine
Chess playerBrian Glover
Second chess playerRik Mayall
Darts playerDavid Schofield
BarmaidLila Kaye
Sergeant McManusPaul Kember
Inspector VilliersDon McKillop
Mr CollinsFrank Oz
Nurse GallagherAnne-Marie Davies
Mrs KesslerPaula Jacobs
Mr KesslerGordon Sterne
Max KesslerMark Fisher
Rachel KesslerMichele Brisigotti
Gerald BringsleyMichael Carter

Crew

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DirectorJohn Landis

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2009-10-30
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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