An American Werewolf in London
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While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut....David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. David dismisses… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not just gory but actually frightening, not just funny but clever, 'American Werewolf...' has its flaws, but these are outweighed by the film's many, mighty strengths."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character development, or an ending."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Landis maintains the delicate balance between horror and humor until the final scene's gratuitous series of car crashes."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"The best movie ever written by a teenager -- Landis was 19 when he penned the first draft - and a constant comic delight."
‑ , Film4
"The metamorphoses into the werewolf scenes are spectacular and the beast's rampage through Piccadilly Circus is marvellous. Splendid gory fun."
‑ , Sky Movies
"A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"When the movie backfires, which it finally does, it's because too much grisly footage has been used too lightly."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Director John Landis here pulls off the difficult trick of revitalising the horror genre while parodying it at the same time."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"But in a "comedy horror" picture, the "horror" bits aren't supposed to be this scary. He would have been better off dispensing with the comedy altogether."
‑ Toby Young, Times [UK]
"Still scary, violent and very, very funny."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"It's a failure, less because the odd stylistic mix doesn't take (it does from time to time, and to striking effect) than because Landis hasn't bothered to put his story into any kind of satisfying shape."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Considering its often campy competition, it's hard to argue that, if your in the mood for lycanthropy, London is the place to go."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"One of the few horror films that explore the psychological effects of lycanthropy alongside the physical and the fallout..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Scary-funny is an acquired taste. For me, it tends to be a recipe in which you can't taste either of the constituent ingredients. The big man-to-wolf transformation scene is still a marvel."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Some of the special effects are a little creaky now, but the snap of Landis's editing and the razor's-edge balance of horror and comedy are still fresh."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
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