AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN
D: John Landis
Universal/PolyGram/Lycanthrope (George Folsey,
USA/UK 🇺🇸🇬🇧 1981
W: John Landis
DP: Robert Paynter
Ed: Malcolm Campbell
Mus: Elmer Bernstein
PD: Leslie Dilley
Cos: Deborah Nadoolman
Makeup: Rick Baker
David Naughton (David Kessler), Griffin Dunne (Jack
Goodman), Jenny Agutter (Alex Price), John Woodvine (Dr. Hirsch), Brian Glover (Chess Player), David Schofield (Darts Player), Lila Kaye (Barmaid), Paul Kember (Sgt.
McManus), Don McKillop (Inspector Villiers), Frank Oz (Mr. Collins)
While hiking through the English moors, two American
college students, Jack & David, happen across 'The Slaughtered Lamb' pub in an isolated village. The pub patrons eccentric behaviour unnerves them and they disappear into the night
only to be attacked by a wolf-like creature which kills Jack and wounds David.
Recovering in a London hospital, David is befriended by an
attractive nurse - and visited by his undead friend Jack, who warns him of his fate to become a werewolf come the next full moon and must therefore kill himself to end the
This horror classic was a trendsetter in terms of both
makeup effects and creature design, becoming the first film to win an Oscar for Best Makeup in a newly formed competitive category. Makeup man Rick Baker went on to have an incredibly
successful career creating makeup and visual effects for a hatful of films over the course of a quarter of a century.
An American Werewolf In London works on both levels in the
comedy and horror genres due to excellent scripting, structured characters and unpretentious direction and appeals well to fans of either genre.
The chemistry between David Naughton & Jenny Agutter
works incredibly well and adds to an incredibly touching ending which also proves that Jenny Agutter was a fantastic British actress.
A sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, was released in
1997, but was viewed as a dismal failure which lacked teeth.