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Strange, darkly humorous version of the classic man-into-wolf horror tale became a cult hit, but never clicked with most American critics. Two American college students, David (Naughton) and Jack (Dunne), are backpacking through England when thy're viciously attacked by a werewolf one foggy night. Jack is killed, but keeps appearing (in progressively decomposed form) before the seriously wounded David, warning him of impending werewolfdom when the moon is full; Jack advises suicide. Seat-jumping horror and gore, highlighted by intensive metamorphosis sequences orchestrated by Rick Baker, are offset by wry humor, though the shifts in tone don't always work. Great moon songs permeate the soundtrack, including CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" and Van Morrison's "Moondance." Followed by "An American Werewolf in Paris" (1997).

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Available on Running time 97 minutes. Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Werewolves, Metamorphosis, Special FX Extravaganzas: Make-Up, Special FX Wizards: Rick Baker, Vacations, London
John Landis
David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Brian Glover, Lila Kaye, David Schofield, John Woodvine, Don McKillop, Paul Kember, Colin Fernandes, Rik Mayall, Paddy Ryan
Robert Paynter
John Landis
Elmer Bernstein
Rick Baker
Mark Huffam


Oscars 1981: Makeup.

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An American Werewolf in London
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This 1981 movie is about two college students who decide to backpack in England and are attacked by a strange beast. Jack (Griffin Dunne) is killed and David (David Naughton) is mauled really bad and taken to a hospital in London and is in a coma for three weeks. When he finally wakes up he doesn't remember anything. David and his nurse start to like each other and she lets him move in with her at her apartment in London. David starts to have dreams and sees his dead friend Jack who informs him that they were attacked by a werewolf and that David will become one on the next full moon. David doesn't believe him, however, on the next full moon he turns into a werewolf and kills many people. So in his next dream David and the people that he kill come to see David and ask him to kill himself before he kills again and then they can be released from the curse. After killing many people, one night in a dark alley while David is a werewolf, he is shot by policemen and then turns back into himself. His girlfriend is there to watch everything who had earlier discovered that David is a werewolf. This is a good movie and the special effects of David turning into a werewolf are realistic.