In 1981, the new Werewolf in town didn’t pop up in America. He showed his sharp fangs across the pond, in London. Funny thing is, the guy that turns into a werewolf IS American. David and Jack were traveling abroad over in Europe. They were just your regular 20 something age boys trying to see the world. But the trip took a bad turn, as David and Jack stopped by an Inn late one night. The patrons weren’t very hospitable, but they did give one piece of advice… “don’t go into the Moors.” Here is a piece of trailer that shows you why you should listen to old white men sitting in country pubs late at night and drinking their beer.
I actually picked AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON for this Flashback Friday because I just picked up the special “Full Moon” Edition of the DVD set. I got it for $5 at Bestbuy. I don’t know if it’s still on sale but you should check.
This was a big horror film for writer / director John Landis back in the day. One thing that set it apart from previous Werewolf movies was the stunning special effects used in the transformation of the werewolf. No Computer Graphics here, just some old fashion rubber and plastic props. But it looked great, and very painful to the one that was cursed.
The movie starred David Naughton, Jenny Agutter and Griffin Dunne. Not only was this a horror movie, but it had some great tongue-in-cheek comedy moments sprinkled in. American Werewolf isn’t really for young kids. Besides the horror stuff, it has some sexual stuff and language. Even when I suggest something, always check the rating.
It’s funny that I chose this film too, because the moon is closest to the earth this year tonight (May 4th). Its full luminosity is 30% brighter than normal. Nice timing right.
I know most of you geek brothers and sisters have seen this film, but if it’s new to you, than check it out and let me know what you thought.