An American Werewolf in London
An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 21, 1981
DVD Release Date: December 9, 1997
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis' horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker's astounding make-up effects.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Sean Axmaker

John Landis teaches us two things in An American Werewolf in London (1981): turning into a werewolf is a very painful process, and the dead are boring!

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Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

When the movie backfires, which it finally does, it's because too much grisly footage has been used too lightly.

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Ali López

A film that, despite 35 years of evolution in special effects, do not surpass the carnal naturalness of this one. [Full review in Spanish]

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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James Berardinelli

Considering its often campy competition, it's hard to argue that, if your in the mood for lycanthropy, London is the place to go.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Landis maintains the delicate balance between horror and humor until the final scene's gratuitous series of car crashes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
These excessively gory horror films of the 1980's have either been extreme turn on or off for me. "An American Werewolf in London" is a definite… More
familiar stranger
Having watched numerous werewolf movies and knowing that this movie had nothing new to offer, I was too hesitant to go for it. But it wasn't quite as… More
Directors Cat
A werewolf movie turned into a comedy. It's a very original idea that cinema had never been seen before. Werewolf in London couldn't have done it… More
Lucas Martins
An American Werewolf in London, is good exemple of horror and dark comedy.
Phil Hubbs
This is classic stuff here, its faultless, effects are awesome, note the legendary transformation scene in Agutter's flat completely done without cgi using… More
Jacob Ethington
This is a bizarre film to say the least. It constantly criss-crosses the line between terrifying and gut-bursting hilarity.The special effects for the… More