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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. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby


David NaughtonDavid Kessler
Griffin DunneJack Goodman
Rik Mayall2nd Chess Player
Jenny AgutterNurse Alex Price
John WoodvineDr. J. S. Hirsch
Frank OzMr. Collins/Miss Piggy
Alan FordTaxi Driver

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Brilliant film on many levels. John Landis seamlessly blended horror, comedy, and social commentary into what I consider to be the best werewolf film ever made. AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon
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Best use of mucis in a film, very clever. AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon
  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: John Landis
  • Producer: Artisan
  • Length: 97 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 21, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 15, 2009
    EuropeSep 15, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 9, 1997
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