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, John Landis, James Payne, David Schofield, Harry Fielder, Jenny Agutter, David Naughton, Brian Glover, John Owens, Susan Spencer, Lucien Morgan, Christine Hargreaves, Joe Belcher, Jim Henson, Alan Ford, Sydney Bromley, Linzi Drew, Gordon Sterne, Vic Armstrong, John Cannon, Cynthia Powell, Dennis Fraser, Ralph Morse, Don McKillop, Peter Ellis, Terry Walsh, Paul Kember, Denise Stephens, Colin Fernandes, Albert Moses
Director: John Landis
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