The practical effects were impressive. However, that's it. No actual substance. Granted it had a few golden moments of film making outside of the visual effects. But awkward acting, dull senseless killing, and vacuous directorial pursuits. The ending was pathetically unresolved.Too bad becuase it held such potential to be worth more.Money always has potential and this was no doubt an expensive enterprise to take on.
The perfect blend of horror-comedy while boasting a great soundtrack, creative dream sequences & prosthetics to rival Savini or any Cronenberg film. An American Werewolf In London was the first ever recipient of the Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup, the transformation sequence still looks amazing & believable in 2017.
From the director of "Animal House" comes a different kind of animal... With "An American Werewolf in London" John Landis manages to create the perfect blend of comedy and horror. The only other film that rivals it in my opinion is Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead 2". This film is one of the best horror films of all time! It is also chalk full of amazing practical effects thanks to Rick Baker's hard work and dedication.
weirdly great in specific ways -- the look of it is pretty rad, the ending is hilariously downbeat, and the practical special effects are rather good (especially the first sequence when david becomes a wolf). con: main dude isn't the best actor, and it kind of undermines a lot of the middle of the movie whenever he, idk, speaks. i wish griffin dunne had that part instead.
An Annoying American in the Land of Weird Countryfolks and City Punks (+ One Hot Nurse). I liked this as a kid but now its cheesiness - not all intended, I suppose - was too much for me. Silly dialogue, the characters basically explaining what they are doing, most acting on a soap opera level, characterisation based on the most worn out stereotypes. So it’s a horror comedy, these things shouldn’t count. But they did.
weird to watch after 20 yrs. a really scary funny film to me now seems dated with clunky dialogue and bad acting - so it has kind of morphed from a cult classic to a kitch classic and the cool creature features of the 80 now feel like 50s b movies. time is a strange beast. much like the wolf.
Good werewolf yarn that is revered mostly due to one stellar transformation scene. Besides that scene the movie is entertaining and sometimes fun but never scary or suspenseful. And the third reel is quite unfocused and piles on the mayhem just for the sake of it. So if you want a really good werewolf flick this is not it I´m afraid.
A mixture that tastes bittersweet and undercooked. The focus was definitely miscalculated - while the transformation and humuor was stimulating and the gore kept pumping, the movie didn't bother addressing the center pieces (a structured story, purpose of some scenes, connections, characters...). Howled a lot for such weak bites.
(...)Eine namenlose Angst scheint die Pub Gäste zu verstören, mehr noch: Sie schämen sich. Unfreundlich werden die Amerikaner wieder vor die Tür gesetzt und nur zwei Warnungen gibt man ihnen mit auf den Weg: Nicht von der Strasse abzukommen und sich vor dem Mond zu hüten (ich habe diese Warnung nie verstanden: wie bitte, soll man sich vor dem Mond hüten? Sich selbst eingraben?)(...)