A to Z Horror: “An American Werewolf in London” (1981) Review

I finally watched An American Werewolf in London for the first time (“A” of #AtoZHorror in August) and I ended up loving it so much! So many things in this movie worked so well for me! I really like the cast to begin with even though all the actors are pretty unknown to me. I thought David Naughton provided to be a great, charming and likeable leading man. I also really liked Jenny Agutter and Griffin Dunne in this movie!

I have to say, the make-up special effects were tremendously done by Rick Baker, and it was not only during the terrifyingly realistic transformation scene but just every little detail in the rest of the movie. The make-up looked absolutely superb. Definitely deserved the Oscar for Best Make-Up Effects and it started that category so it will go down in history as legendary! I also liked how this movie combined horror/comedy/romance into one film, that really stood out to me. I liked the story, allthough its simple, but fun. The movie is witty, scary, has a moody 80’s soundtrack and boasts some great pair of leads. I really liked John Landis’ direction and this movie just proves that Werewolf movies can be great. Its also pays perfect homage to the elder Wolfman movies. Also love the blood and gore in it and some bizarre sequences! I highly recommend this cult classic from the 80’s!

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–Ferdi Akkulak