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In John Landis' (THE BLUES BROTHERS, ANIMAL HOUSE) dripping black comedy, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) on a European vacation wander into a creepy local pub in Northern England and are quickly thrown out. Stranded and alone in the dark countryside, the pair get lost in their search for warm lodging. Little do they know that they are about to be changed forever by an ancient terror as they walk along the moors on a moonlit night. Only one of the students survives a deadly attack by a supernatural beast--at least he thinks he survived, until the next full moon rolls around. Terrific makeup effects (by Oscar winner Rick Baker), clever editing, and raunchy tongue-in-cheek humor made this suspenseful and thrilling horror effort an instant classic.
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CastGriffin Dunne, David Schofield, Jenny Agutter, David Naughton, Brian Glover, John Woodvine, Rik Mayall, Lila Kaye, Joe Belcher, Sean Baker
DirectorJohn Landis
Genre:  Horror
Release Date:  21 August 1981 (USA)
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterJohn Landis
DVD Release Date:  September 18, 2001
Runtime:  97 min
Studio:  Universal Studios
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review by . October 15, 2010
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Pros: Has werewolves!     Cons: The main character's sometimes inexplicable behavior     The Bottom Line: Awoo, werewolves of London!     You know, I really do wish people who create special effects in movies would harken back to the older times on occasion. Sure, with a computer you can create a whole world and scale the camera in ways unheard of in previous eras, but can you really look me in the eyes and say the computer-generated special …
review by . October 28, 2007
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And if you love werewolves, all the better. "An American Werewolf in London" works on so many levels, that its small wonder so many regard it as a latter-day classic of the genre. A quarter of a century has passed since its original release and An American Werewolf in London still stands (hairy) head and shoulders above any other lycanthrope movie. Its perfect direction from John Landis, great black humor, groundbreaking make-up effects, and wonderful performances make the 1981 classic absolutely …
review by . November 05, 2005
I was obsessed with werewolves when I was in second or third grade. Something about them just fascinated me. (Ironically, I was also terrified of wolves) In second grade, I was determined to see "An American Werewolf in London" as soon as possible. It sounded like a great movie. After about three years of begging, my father finally allowed me to watch it.    The film begins with two college students travelling through the English countryside. After a bizarre encounter with the …
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