American Werewolf in London

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Two american tourists in england are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 211531867
UPC 025192010491
UPC 14 00025192010491
Format DVD
Release Date 4/25/2010
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In John Landis' (THE BLUES BROTHERS, ANIMAL HOUSE) dripping black comedy, two American students (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) on a European vacation wander into a creepy local pub in Northern England and are quickly thrown out. Stranded and alone in the dark countryside, the pair get lost in their search for warm lodging. Little do they know that they are about to be changed forever by an ancient terror as they walk along the moors on a moonlit night. Only one of the students survives a deadly attack by a supernatural beast--at least he thinks he survived, until the next full moon rolls around. Terrific makeup effects (by Oscar winner Rick Baker), clever editing, and raunchy tongue-in-cheek humor made this suspenseful and thrilling horror effort an instant classic.
Plot Summary
Summary In this grisly black comedy, David Kessler and Jack Goodman (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne, respectively) are two American students on a backpacking tour of Europe. Wandering the backroads of gloomy East Proctor, England, they find a pub where the unhelpful locals act suspiciously strange. The unsuspecting boys flee the pub in search of lodging after being warned to avoid the moors. Lost in the dark countryside, the pair is attacked by a werewolf. Only David survives, waking up three weeks later in a London hospital. As David begins to regain his memory he is tormented by nightmares and is visited by his dead friend Jack, who warns David that he will turn into a werewolf with the next full moon--and that the only way to lift the curse is to kill himself. Because the town of East Proctor has covered up the real cause of the murder, David is forced to face the truth alone. Finally, he is discharged and taken in by his nubile nurse, Alex Price (Jenny Agutter). As Alex and David begin their steamy love affair, it is only a matter of time before the next full moon comes--when the truth will be revealed. Director John Landis has crafted an entertaining, funny horror story, featuring the terrific combination of Naughton and Dunne and a sparkling rock score in which every song includes the word "moon.".
Variety "...A clever mixture of comedy and horror....Redolent with sharp dialog and offbeat humor..." 08/19/1981
New York Times "...Landis is...serious about making this a horror film that packs a wallop..." 08/12/1981 p.C12
Entertainment Weekly "John Landis' giddy, gory 1981 horror comedy remains the lycanthropic gold standard." -- Grade: A- 09/11/2009
John Landis
David Naughton
Griffin Dunne
Jenny Agutter
John Woodvine
Cast & Crew
David Naughton - Star
Griffin Dunne - Star
Jenny Agutter - Star
John Woodvine - Star
Deborah Nadoolman - Costume Designer
John Landis - Screenwriter
Malcolm Campbell - Editor
Robert Paynter - Director of Photography
Elmer Bernstein - Composer
Leslie Dilley - Production Designer
John Landis - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
UPC 00025192010491
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Full Picture Aspect Ratio, English, Spanish, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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