An American Werewolf in London (1981) re-viewed

Horror comedy mixed to perfection as Landis reinvents werewolf movies and Rick Baker creates monster-making history

An American Werewolf in London poster

TITLE: An American Werewolf in London
DIRECTOR: John Landis

CAST: David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter

PLOT: Two American backpackers are mauled by a werewolf on the Yorkshire moors. The survivor, haunted by his slaughtered friend, learns he will become a werewolf unless he kills himself.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Beware the moon. And stick to the road.

FUN FACT: Studio executives hoped John Landis would cast Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in the lead roles. John Landis refused.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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  1. I only just watched this film during the past week. I hadn’t seen it in years. My son saw it for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it so it obviously has appeal for a new generation.

    I know what you mean about the locations in ‘An American Werewolf in London’. My husband and I lived in London for about 5 years and even the scene with the couple visiting their friends for dinner creates an extra sense of uneasiness for me because of my familiarity with London’s residential streets.

  2. I love AWIL, too, and watch it every time it comes on cable tv. I also like American Werewolf in Paris, which has a good cast, especially Julie Delpy. I’ve never been to the UK, or the Continent, but hope to one day and the haunted sites and movie locations will be of major interest. Good work on this site, very much enjoyed by this Yank.

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