1981   UK An American Werewolf in London
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Director:John Landis
Studio:Universal Studios
Writer:John Landis
IMDb Rating:7.5 (28,996 votes)
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations
Genre:Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Duration:98 min
John Landis  ...  (Director)
John Landis  ...  (Writer)
Joe Belcher  ...  Truck Driver
David Naughton  ...  David Kessler
Griffin Dunne  ...  Jack Goodman
David Schofield  ...  Dart Player
Brian Glover  ...  Chess Player
Lila Kaye  ...  Barmaid
Rik Mayall  ...  2nd Chess Player
Sean Baker  ...  2nd Dart Player
Paddy Ryan  ...  First Werewolf
Jenny Agutter  ...  Nurse Alex Price
Anne-Marie Davies  ...  Nurse Susan Gallagher
John Woodvine  ...  Dr. J. S. Hirsch
Frank Oz  ...  Mr. Collins / Miss Piggy
Don McKillop  ...  Inspector Villiers
Paul Kember  ...  Sergeant McManus
Elmer Bernstein  ...  Composer
Robert Paynter  ...  Cinematographer
Malcolm Campbell  ...  Editor
Summary: 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

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