While hiking though the English moors, American students David and Jack are attacked by a strange beast that kills Jack and wounds David. David discovers that he is doomed to become a werewolf at the next full moon…
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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.
Fuck me, what a wild, weird ride. Boasts an absolutely killer juxtapositional soundtrack and employs it with ironic aplomb. The practical monster effects have aged almost as well as those in Carpenter's "Thing." Naughton and Agutter charm.
Perhaps the finest blend of comedy and horror ever, and one of the very best films of either genre, especially in terms of being a purely fun and entertaining time, without any arty thematic baggage to get in the way of that. Its balance between the two unique styles becomes finer each passing minute. Each scene, every line, truly feels like it couldn't have been done any differently. A masterpiece of the form.