An American Werewolf In London (1981)

Holy god, I love the 80s. This movie is one of my favorites, and should be enjoyed by anyone who hasn’t seen it but still believes they love werewolf stories. Alright, so to start off, here’s the story :

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

What else do you need? More? Well, alright!

First off, the actors in this movie as fantastic. David (David Kessler) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are believable as these fantastic old friends, wet behind the ears and very enthusiastic about their lives ahead. Or, lack there of. When Jack dies he becomes  this weird guardian angel that really reminded me of the student character from Pet Semetary who tries to offer warnings to the hero.


The make up in this movie.. I mean, its amazing and it has aged extremely well. It was the first movie EVER to win the Oscar for Best Makeup, and it’s one of those rare incidents that I totally agree. The practical effects are also just so fantastic.

People talk a lot about good werewolf transformations, people have told me to watch more of that god awful Netflix show “Hemlock Grove” for it’s transformation… let me tell you, this movie is the be-all end-all of werewolf transformations (2nd place to Trick ‘R Treat, and Hemlock Grove is a terrible show, so who cares).

This flick has all of the 80s camp, and loveliness that you would expect from that magical time in horror. I’m certainly not the kind of person to say that there is no good horror anymore, because there is, but some of the most entertaining horror movies have definitely come out of this time period.

So, if it wasn’t already clear, if you love werewolves, cheesy porn movies, SS Werewolves, and 80s camp.. you need this movie in your life.

Also, if you like things that are scary, apparently the studio originally wanted the two leads to be played by Dan Akroyd and John Belushi… YIKES




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