Hammy horror with a comic twist, and the standard raised by one of the best metamorphoses on screen (from human to werewolf) thanks to the Jim Henson production team. Character arc and narrative progression suffer under the gaze of the horror spectacle. Iconic but overrated.
The only supernatural aspect of this werewolf is that a guy changes into it! Other than that, it's just a big dumb dog that can be killed just like any other big dumb dog. That really bugs me! It makes the creature far too de-mythologized for my tastes. Still ... a fun(ny) movie! Landis definitely has style!!! The beginning was a terrific set-up! I dig David's nightmare sequences. Nazi-Werewolf Blitzkrieg!!!
Funnier than most comedies I've seen. Not only do the special effects hold up surprisingly well, but the film in general is delightfully directed. Thankfully, the movie doesn't tread murky thematical paths but unapologetically embraces the quirky fun (and bracing horror) of its premise. A must-see!
John Landis' 1981 movie is good because it plays it pretty much straight. It's a comedy, yeah, but the comedy is less derived from the central premise than from the ways that the characters interact. This means that the infamous transformation scene is genuinely creepy and the movie never falls into camp territory. The only flaw that really stands out is that the romance between David and Alex is really contrived.
La primera vez que la vi me desconcertó su mezcla de terror y comedia y la subestimé. Vista nuevamente, debo admitir que me pareció fantástica, que utiliza el humor para hacer a sus protagonistas más empáticos y así, estremecernos más con las mutaciones que atraviesan a lo largo de la historia. Hay momentos antológicos como arroz; mis favoritos: La secuencia de David en el Zoo y la tertulia en el cine porno.
Landis' mix of horror and comedy was such a novelty in 1981 and surprisingly stands up pretty strong viewing now. The makeup effects were revolutionary but it was the script and wry sense of humour that mad it so memorable. A film that understood its pedigree with dialogue that really sung. A shame that neither Naughton or Agutter's careers really shone after this one.