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An American Werewolf in London

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United Kingdom, United States · 1981
Rated R · 1h 37m
Director John Landis
Starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine
Genre Comedy, Horror

In this cult classic horror comedy, two American college students, Jack and David, are attacked by a large wolf in London. Jack is killed, while David survives with a bite wound. While he heals in the hospital, David is terrorized by nightmares of Jack, who warns him he'll turn into a werewolf under the next full moon.

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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.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

It's a failure, less because the odd stylistic mix doesn't take (it does from time to time, and to striking effect) than because Landis hasn't bothered to put his story into any kind of satisfying shape.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

The transformation sequences on their own are disturbing enough to upset sensitive viewers (even though the first one doesn't occur until an hour into the 97 minute film, making the first two-thirds of the movie relatively tame, with the exception of a few appearances by Jack, who looks like a "walking meatloaf").


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character development, or an ending.

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