Monday, October 29, 2012

Movie of the Week – An American Werewolf in London

This week’s movie is An American Werewolf in London (1981).

The horror comedy is about David and Jack, two Americans on vacation in England who come across a small town with a terrible curse. The film is written and directed by the era’s greatest comedy director John Landis (responsible for: The Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Twilight Zone: The Movie – prologue and segment one, Thriller music video, Spies Like Us, ¡Three Amigos!, and Coming to America). Landis worked with composer Elmer Bernstein (whose score is great), cinematographer Robert Paynter and production designer Leslie Dilley. Legend Rick Baker did the make-up and creature special effects (for which he won an Oscar). David Naughton stars with Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter in support (and Rik Mayall from The Young Ones has a cameo). The film is insane and highly entertaining as it seems to just perpetually get more and more out of control and silly (in a good way). It is one of the great cult classics from the 1980s and well worth watching for fans of horror and horror-comedies. Check out the trailer.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD

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