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, Jenny Agutter, David Schofield, James Payne, Harry Fielder, David Naughton, Brian Glover, John Owens, Linzi Drew, Vic Armstrong, John Cannon, Terry Walsh, Susan Spencer, Joe Belcher, Jim Henson, Lucien Morgan, Christine Hargreaves, Alan Ford, Gordon Sterne, Sydney Bromley, Ken Sicklen, Lila Kaye, Paula Jacobs, John Salthouse, Rik Mayall, Claudine Bowyer, John Altman, Sean Baker, Johanna Crayden
Director: John Landis
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