You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

An American Werewolf in London

A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money's worth.

With:
David Naughton Jenny Agutter Griffin Dunne John Woodvine Brian Glover Frank Oz

A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money’s worth.

Bumming around Europe, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) seek refuge from the nasty North England elements in the Slaughtered Lamb pub. Natives there are uncommonly hostile, to the point of forcing the lads out into the night despite indications that there’s trouble in these parts.

In short order, they’re attacked by a fierce beast and, after the good-natured humor of this prelude, audience is instantly sobered up when Dunne is killed and Naughton is heavily gashed and gored.

Recovering in a London Hospital and, later, in the flat of amorous nurse Jenny Agutter, Naughton experiences some disturbing and visually outrageous nightmares and is visited by the Undead Dunne, who urges his friend to commit suicide or turn into a werewolf with the next full moon.

Naughton ignores the advice and, sure enough, undergoes a complete transformation on camera, a highlight in which talents of special make-up effects designer Rick Baker are shown in full flower.

1981: Best Make-Up

An American Werewolf in London

Production: Universal/Lycanthrope. Director John Landis; Producer George Folsey Jr; Writer John Landis; Camera Robert Paynter Editor Malcolm Campbell; Music Elmer Bernstein Art Leslie Dilley

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: David Naughton Jenny Agutter Griffin Dunne John Woodvine Brian Glover Frank Oz

More Film

  • 'Down a Dark Hall' Review

    Film Review: 'Down a Dark Hall'

    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money’s worth. Bumming around Europe, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) seek refuge […]

  • 'The Little Mermaid' Review: Watered-Down Reworking

    Film Review: 'The Little Mermaid'

    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money’s worth. Bumming around Europe, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) seek refuge […]

  • Surfer Review

    Film Review: 'Surfer'

    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money’s worth. Bumming around Europe, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) seek refuge […]

  • Korean Actress Lee Ha-nee Signs with

    Korean Actress Lee Ha-nee Signs with WME, AGI for Hollywood Debut

    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money’s worth. Bumming around Europe, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) seek refuge […]

  • iatse-logo

    IATSE President Matthew Loeb Blasts Editors Guild Leader Over Contract Dispute

    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money’s worth. Bumming around Europe, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) seek refuge […]

  • The Nun Trailer

    'The Nun' Eyes Hefty $32 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money’s worth. Bumming around Europe, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) seek refuge […]

  • M Review

    Locarno Film Review: 'M'

    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money’s worth. Bumming around Europe, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) seek refuge […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content