An American Werewolf in London (1981)


Now, here we have a classic and it’s reviewed by guest writer Rob from over at movierobwho does a lot of film reviews and also has many periods where he focuses on genre set movies, so I thought it would be cool to get him involved in my horror set month for Halloween Club. This is the film he set on and now, just for the make up effects alone, I want to see it even more!

Here is his review:

“A naked American man stole my balloons.” – Little Boy

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 21 Oct 2014)

Brief Synopsis –Two college students traveling in the British countryside get attacked by a strange creature.

My Take on it – I’m not the biggest fan of horror movies to say the least, but when Troy asked me to participate in his Halloween Club Month, I decided to give it a try.

I saw this movie a few times as a kid on cable and basically forgot everything about it except for the very cool special effects when the main character changes into a werewolf.

I’m still amazed by how they did it 33 years later, which is quite impressive since usually effects from older movies just aren’t as realistic looking as the effects of today. I’m sure in 20-30 years from now, they will be saying the same thing about what we see today.

What’s interesting about the effects is that this movie’s use of makeup gave it the inaugural Oscar win in the new Best Makeup category created after the Academy realized one year earlier with The Elephant Man that such a category truly was missing.

Surprisingly, this award remains the only Oscar ever awarded to a John Landis film since he is mainly known for his comedies.

That being said, there are a few humorous scenes involving a naked man that elicit a chuckle here and there, but overall this movie is more of a mild horror movie that a full fledged one (I’m not complaining in the least about that).

The plot is thin and I can’t really say that this is much better than being a mediocre film.

Regardless, thanks to Troy again for getting me to watch a (pseudo) horror film!

Kudos to you my friend!

Bottom Line – Not a great example of a scary horror movie in my opinion but still has amazing special effects when ‘the change’ occurs. Not a typical comedy one would expect from John Landis which surprised many people who went to see it in the theater.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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