An American Werewolf in London- August 23rd

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
English- Horror Comedy
Rated “R”
Runtime- 97 min.
dir. John Landis

And here I thought I knew John Landis as a director, but I guess I know diddly-squat. I wouldn’t really peg him as someone who could create something so….strange. I’m not sure if I’ve ever laughed and jumped out of my seat in fright in the same movie before.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

As I said, it manages to be funny, but also a weird brand of scary at the same time. When it gets violent (as any movie about a werewolf typically will), you end up laughing more, not at how the people get killed (they do, by the way), but at what they say when they’re dead (which gets explained). The plot doesn’t always know where it’s going, but that falls by the wayside when you’re having a pretty good time.

Acting: 1/2

No one really stands out. They all have their parts to play, but I certainly wouldn’t give it a re-watch because of them.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Good, but not outstanding. The main exterior shots at the beginning were all probably really easy to get, and the final scene was probably shot in a day.

Sound/FX: 2/2

Fantastic make-up and effects, especially on Griffin Dunne’s character, Jack. The effects that concern all parts werewolf, while not always convincing, are fun in a campy kind of way.

Misc: 1/2

Pretty fun, but not necessarily entirely fulfilling. And, at the very least, the movie follows the generally agreed upon rules for werewolves, not bending them all Twilight-style.


A great find for seekers of a thoroughly original 80’s comedy.

See you next Wednesday.

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