I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director John Landis 1981 horror classic An American Werewolf in London. My readers can also read Cox’s transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was July 22, 1990 (read here). Though I greatly admire Joe Dante’s The Howling and Michael Wadleigh’s Wolfen (also from that aforementioned year), I greatly adore An American Werewolf in London, which towers above them all as the best of the bunch. Along with The Howling, it features quite possibly the most spectacular werewolf transformation sequences ever displayed on film – courtesy of makeup effects artist Rick Baker. Last, but not least, Landis blending of comedy and horror here is seamless. Before I post the links, let me borrow a quote from the film to send to you dear readers: keep off the moors, stick to the roads. The best to ya… 🙂
Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to An American Werewolf in London
Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer
15 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: An American Werewolf in London (1981)”
American Werewolf is great fun and the effects hold up really well, in my humble opinion. Living on the border of the Yorkshire moors I always keep Brian Glover’s words in mind.
What “Werewolf” had besides Rick Baker was Jenny Agutter…..she was at the height of her poularity here. That said,I read “Wolfen” and it was a excellent read,Whitley Striber can tell a story!!
An American Werewolf in London is indeed a classic and I am glad you keep those words in mind 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Some notable Agutter titles are The Railway Children, Walkabout, Logan’s Run, Equus and (though more obscure) China 9, Liberty 37. The book Wolfen was every bit as good as the film of the same name too. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
I really need to catch up with China 9, Liberty 37. Just looking at the director and cast, it ticks all the right boxes for me.
I actually have watched China 9,Liberty 37 but it was so long ago and I wonder if it ever got a DVD release,I haven’t seen it in my travels. Wasn’t “Equus” a Leon Uris book? Now there is a name you never see in thrift stores or used book stores anymore.
Worth watching for the SFX, and Jenny of course. 🙂
Wolfen was better as a book than a film, I thought.
Best wishes, Pete.
An American Werewolf in London was a classic film all-around in my opinion. I have to re-read Wolfen now that you mention it. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Heck of a movie. Only seen it once. Not sure why it isn’t shown on TV too much? Maybe only on full moons.
Maybe that is the reason 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Wonderful movie. One of my favorite horror films. It’s very nearly perfect, I think.
It sure is Pam 🙂 Great to hear from you again and like a majority of us, I hope this coronavirus pandemic runs it’s course. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Me too, John. Are you working from home?
“Me too, John. Are you working from home?”
No, but do not worry, I work in a very safe environment – I work in retail 🙂