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Rated R
Copyright 1981 American Werewolf, Inc.
Reviewed by Darin Wagner on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • David Kessler - David Naughton! An American college student in England and the latest bearer of the werewolf curse.
  • Jack Preston - Griffin Dunne! David's pal, killed by a werewolf and cursed to walk the Earth in Limbo as a decomposing ghost.
  • Nurse Alex Price - Jenny Agutter! An uncharacteristically sexy British woman and David's nurse.
  • American Ambassador - Frank Oz! A representative of the U.S. in London.
  • The British - Mostly depicted as being eccentric in one form or another, sometimes with ridiculously stupid results.

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The Plot: 

Simple enough. Two American college students named David and Jack are backpacking through Europe. While on the moors of England (Think central Montana.), the guys enter a pub in the tiny village of East Proctor. There they encounter superstitious townsfolk who, unbeknownst to our heroes, are there for safety against a local werewolf. Protected by a pentagram and a few candles, these people convince the two Americans to leave. (In order to protect their secret.) While on the moors, David and Jack are attacked by the bear-sized werewolf. Jack doesn't make it and David is viscously clawed by the beast before it is shot... the very villagers who cast them out. Waking up in London hospital weeks later, David falls in love with his nurse. He also meets Jack, who is dead but still walks the Earth. Jack tells David that he is a werewolf and that he'll kill people, he advises suicide. Not listening, David changes into a monster twice before he is put down by London's version of a SWAT team. This movie is a perfect blend of comedy and horror... serves to heighten the other and vice-versa. Directed by John Landis.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • British pubs don't serve food.
  • British people don't like John Wayne movies.
  • Mentioning stars-on-the-wall causes master dart throwers to miss their dart boards.
  • Beware the moon. Keep off the moors.
  • American ambassadors sound like Fozzy Bear.
  • British businessmen can't run to save their asses.
  • British children don't run when they encounter talking bushes, or naked men.
  • Ghosts like porn theaters.
  • Werewolves like decapitating policemen.
  • London has its own SWAT team.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 3 mins - Illustration of gratuitous violence towards a lamb.
  • 15 mins - Male nudity (eewww!)
  • 35 mins - Gratuitous sex in a shower!!
  • 40 mins - "Hi, David!" says Mickey Mouse.
  • 45 mins - Why is this guy not running from the growls in the subway tunnel?
  • 72 mins - Porno scenes!!
  • 74 mins - Why does the porno usher not give a werewolf privacy as he's transforming?
  • 80 mins - Male nudity (eewww!)

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note wolflondon1.wav Guy in pub: "Go! Stay on the road, keep clear of moors."
Green Music Note wolflondon2.wav David and Jack talking about the wolf howling.
Green Music Note wolflondon3.wav The werewolf howls.
Green Music Note wolflondon4.wav David talking to Jack's mangled ghost.
Green Music Note wolflondon5.wav David: "Believe what? That tomorrow night, beneath the full moon, I'll sprout hair and fangs and eat people?"
Green Music Note wolflondon6.wav Helpful suicide suggestions.

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David transforms.

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An American Werewolf in London
Reply #25. Posted on June 20, 2006, 07:06:03 PM by Blake Troupe
I love this movie so much, I am a huge fan of werewolf movies. I also had learned history about werewolves and their mythology!  
Re: An American Werewolf in London
Reply #26. Posted on May 17, 2009, 12:35:48 PM by hiddyman
umm...last time I checked, American Werewolf in London was NOT a B movie. To be so bold as to post a B-review on it alongside movies like Zaat and Troll is just insulting. hot
Re: An American Werewolf in London
Reply #27. Posted on May 17, 2009, 01:11:33 PM by Psycho Circus
umm...last time I checked, American Werewolf in London was NOT a B movie. To be so bold as to post a B-review on it alongside movies like Zaat and Troll is just insulting. hot

It's just a reader review. Just one persons opinion.  Lookingup
Re: An American Werewolf in London
Reply #28. Posted on July 21, 2010, 02:31:03 AM by Goat Boy
Uncharacteristically sexy?  You don't find British chicks hot?
Re: An American Werewolf in London
Reply #29. Posted on July 29, 2010, 06:39:17 PM by BoyScoutKevin
Uncharacteristically sexy?  You don't find British chicks hot?

Well, it depends upon what they're wearing. If they're wearing tiny black undies with thigh high black leather boots with high heels and smoking a cigarette in a cigarette holder, I do.

But, we were talking about "An American Werewolf in London."

What can be made can be remade.

"An American Werewolf in London" is being remade for release to theaters in 2011. And not only is "An American Werewolf in London" being remade, but so is "An American Werewolf in Paris," which is also scheduled for release in 2011.
Re: An American Werewolf in London
Reply #30. Posted on August 16, 2012, 10:28:23 PM by Dogsledder
Loved this movie, and Australian TV still plays The Young Ones everynow and then. I even loved the dialogue in the Porno he went to see

Man walks in "You b***h, you promised you'd never do this again!"
Man in bed "I promised you no such thing!"
Man "Not you ya twit, her."
Woman "I've never seen you before in my life!"
Man "Oh," looks again "Sorry" Leaves.

Did anyone else know that the warewolf was modeled on the artists keeshond? Have another look. Cheers
Re: An American Werewolf in London
Reply #31. Posted on August 20, 2012, 01:39:04 PM by tracy
Excellent film....and now my daughter likes it,too. Wink
Re: An American Werewolf in London
Reply #32. Posted on February 19, 2014, 08:09:35 AM by Trevor
OK: time to own up. I have never seen this, ever and I have no idea why.
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