Remember back in the early 1980s when special-effects makeup artists were tripping over themselves to create the next big effect? The Howling boasted a fantastic werewolf transformation scene courtesy of makeup wizard Rob Bottin. Then along came Bottin’s mentor, Rick Baker, with his own spectacular effects in this popular horror comedy directed by John Landis. An American Werewolf in London is more of a makeup showcase than a truly satisfying movie, but the film is effectively moody when David Naughton discovers that a wolf attack has turned him into a bloodthirsty lycanthrope. Jenny Agutter plays his love interest (watch out, he bites!), and who can forget Griffin Dunne as Naughton’s best friend, an undead corpse who progressively rots away as the plot unfolds? All things considered, it’s easy to see why An American Werewolf in London became a modern horror favorite.
About An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Starring: Frank Oz, Jenny Agutter, John Landis, David Schofield, James Payne, Harry Fielder, David Naughton, Brian Glover, Vic Armstrong, John Owens, John Cannon, Terry Walsh, Susan Spencer, Joe Belcher, Jim Henson, Christine Hargreaves, Lucien Morgan, Alan Ford, Gordon Sterne, Sydney Bromley, Linzi Drew, Keith Hodiak, Paddy Ryan, Nina Carter, Will Leighton, Roger Rowland, Geoffrey Burridge, Michael Carter, Anne-Marie Davies, Brenda Cavendish
Director: John Landis
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