AN AMERICAN
WEREWOLF IN
LONDON

HOME REVIEWS FEO'S STUFF FEO AMANTE THEATER SCIENCE MOMENT UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT
FEO FEED BACK?
NEWS?
SUBMISSIONS?
Read:
SUBMISSION
GUIDELINES

MOVIES
FEO AMANTE THEATER
My Short Films
LAST CALL

THE NIGHT MY MONSTER DIED
SCIENCE MOMENT
TOP TEN SCARY MOVIES
UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT
RACIAL CLICHÉ RESPONSE
INTERVIEWS

STORY TIME

COMICS

CONS

HORRIBLE NEWS
Movies E.C. McMullen Jr. Review by
E.C.McMullen Jr.
An American Werewolf In London
Bookmark and Share
SHOULD YOU?
TIP JAR
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON - 1981
USA Release: Aug! 21, 1981
Universal
Rated: USA: R

Over an evening shot of pastoral hills comes the music of Bobby Vinton singing Blue Moon. In the theaters, the audience knew that they were watching a Horror Thriller about an American Werewolf, in London of all places. So what the hell was going on with such calm, benign even, relaxing music? It had just the opposite effect. It was disconcerting.

A truck full of sheep pulls up and two guys with backpacks get out. The truck driver kindly advises the boys to stick to the roads, stay off the moors. The guys are David Kessler (
David Naughton: BRUTAL MASSACRE) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) and they begin a long trek to the nearest English village. When they arrive, the only pub in town is called The Slaughtered Lamb. Both their presence and their talk leaves a bad impression among the locals and they wind up getting kicked out to much controversy.

"You can't let them go! Not tonight!"

Jack and David, sensing a serious tension and not wanting an ass-whupping, leave as the barmaid says, "Stick to the roads, stay away from the moors."

But as Jack and David walk through the night, back at the pub there is much conflict. The two Americans should not be allowed to go out on this night.

Then a strange howl cuts through the night, causing everyone to freeze.

Jack and David, walking through a downpour, also hear the howl echo through the night.

The rain clouds part and Jack notices that the moon is full.

Beneath the moonlight, the two men also notice that, somewhere, they left the road behind and are walking through the moors. They convince each other that, whatever is waiting for them back at the pub, its gotta be better than this.

Something very animal and very deep, growls in the dark, scaring the two men.

Something approaches with heavy foot steps.

Something horrible attacks Jack, tearing him apart. Then it goes after David.

When David awakes, he's in a hospital in London, far from the scene of the attack.

So begins one of the most awesome werewolf movies ever made. At turns funny, horrifying, genuinely scary, and sexy, John Landis'
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON remains a milestone achievement in werewolf movies. The only other one that comes close is THE HOWLING, and both were made in the early 1980s. No one else has even come close to making any Werewolf movie this amazing and startling.

David has been unconscious in the hospital for three weeks, healing. He is told that he and his friend, Jack, were attacked by a homicidal lunatic. Jack is dead. David's physician, Dr. Hirsch (John Woodvine: THE DEVILS) is disbelieving when David tells him that they weren't attacked by a lunatic, but by a wolf: A monster.
Alex and David
ALEX WANTS DAVID OUT OF THOSE CLOTHES AND INTO SOMEONE MORE COMFORTABLE.

Landis followed the old Hammer Films formula of pacing a story and it works marvelously here.

As David tries to come to terms with his friend's death, an affectionate relationship begins between him and his nurse, Alex Price (Jenny Agutter: EQUUS, DOMINIQUE).

The relationship slowly blooms, disturbing evidence of the attack comes to light for Scotland Yard and David's doctor, and David keeps having nightmares.

Alex and David
JACK DOESN'T LIKE GIVING DAVID BAD NEWS.
IN FACT, HE'S ALL TORN UP ABOUT IT.

Then David starts having nightmares while awake. His friend Jack comes to visit but worse, Jack is torn up and rotting. Jack is dead but he can't rest until the bloodline of the werewolf is broken, and David is now that bloodline.

Alex and David
WHEN DAVID LEARNS HE'S A WEREWOLF, HE TAKES IT REAL HARD.

What else happens? A lot of fun, funny, sexy, and downright scary stuff, with a sex scene that actually works within the framework of a scary movie instead of distracting from it. And the transition from human to werewolf? Rick Baker (KING KONG [1976], THE HOWLING, VIDEODROME, THE FRIGHTENERS, MEN IN BLACK, PLANET OF THE APES [2001], THE RING, HELLBOY, THE RING 2, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND) created or co-created the werewolf transition effects for the two best werewolf movies ever made, and though these effects were created over 25 years ago, they remain stunning and unmatched by anything that has come since, and that includes cgi. Writer and Director John Landis created his masterpiece of Horror Thriller here and if you've never seen AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, you are going to love it.

All 5 Shriek Girls!

Shriek GirlsShriek GirlsShriek GirlsShriek GirlsShriek Girls
This review copyright 2008 E.C.McMullen Jr.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
BLU-RAY STREAMING POSTER
An American Werewolf in London (1981) on IMDb Bookmark and Share

Return to Movies

E.C. McMullen Jr. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

FEO AMANTE'S HORROR THRILLER Created by:
E.C.MULLEN JR.
COME FOLLOW ME -
AMAZON
BLOG
DEVIANT ART
ECMJR
FACEBOOK
IMDB
PANDORA
ROTTEN TOMATOES
STAGE32
TWITTER
YOUTUBE
ZAZZLE SHOP

 

LOVE THIS SITE?
Suppoer it when you buy from

E.C. McMullen Jr.
WILLOW BLUE
Willow Blue
"'Willow Blue' will burrow under your skin and stay there long after you've put the book down."
- Jeffrey Reddick, Creator of
FINAL DESTINATION

PERPETUAL BULLET
Perpetual Bullet Paperback
"'Some People' ... may be the standout story in the book."
- John Grant, Infinityplus

IN OTHER BOOKS
E.C. McMullen Jr.'s

short story
CEDO LOOKED LIKE PEOPLE
in the anthology
FEAR THE REAPER
Fear The Reaper
"This Ray Bradbury-esque is one of the most memorable and one of the more original stories I've read in a long time."
- Amazon Review

HORROR 201: The Silver Scream
PAPERBACK

Horror 201: The Silver Scream
Filmmaker's Guidebook
featuring
RAY BRADBURY,
JOHN CARPENTER,
WES CRAVEN,
TOM HOLLAND,
E.C. McMULLEN Jr.,
ED NAHA,
GEORGE A. ROMERO,
and many more.

Extensively quoted in
Phantasm Exhumed
PHANTASM EXHUMED
The Unauthorized Companion


Robert S. Rhine's
SATAN'S 3-RING CIRCUS OF HELL
Satan's 3-Ring Circus of Hell

Forward by
GAHAN WILSON,
FEO AMANTE.
Featuring comics by
WILLIAM STOUT,
HILARY BARTA,
STEVE BISSETTE,
SPAIN RODRIGUEZ,
FRANK DIETZ,
JIM SMITH,
TONE RODRIGUEZ,
FRANK FORTE,
ERIC PIGORS,
ALEX PARDEE,
MIKE SOSNOWSKI,
OMAHA PEREZ,
DAVID HARTMAN,
D.W. FRYDENDALL,
SHANNON WHEELER,
VINCENT WALLER,
JACOB HAIR,
NENAD GUCUNJA,
STEVEN MANNION,
NORMAN CABRERA,
and more!

ALSO
IN CINEMA
E.C. McMullen Jr.

HEAD PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Mine Games
MINE GAMES
(Starring:
JOSEPH CROSS, ALEX MERAZ, BRIANA EVIGAN)

Dept. head
SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP
(SFX MUA) and Michael Madsen's stunt double on the movie
A Sierra Nevada Gunfight
A SIERRA NEVADA GUNFIGHT
(Starring:
MICHAEL MADSEN and JOHN SAVAGE).

PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Universal Dead
UNIVERSAL DEAD
(Starring:
DOUG JONES, D.B. SWEENEY, GARY GRAHAM)

ART DIRECTOR
The Crusader THE CRUSADER
(Starring COLIN CUNNINGHAM, GARY GRAHAM)

I will take you home...Feo Amante's Horror Home Page, Feo Amante's Horror Thriller, and feoamante.com are owned and
Copyright 1997 - 2017 by E.C.McMullen Jr.
FAIR USE - PRIVACY POLICY - OWNERSHIP - CONTACT
All images and text belong to E.C.McMullen Jr. unless otherwise noted.
All fiction stories belong to their individual authors.