Probably the best werewolf movie to this day for the way it handles the mythos, its dark comedic tone, and its imaginative dream sequences that fill the plot lulls with bonus effects fun. The amazingly complex transformation sequence rightfully earns its spot on all of the best of lists. But for all of its great buildup, I was disappointed by how little of the werewolf is shown afterward and its abrupt downer ending.
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.