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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

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Two American college students are on a walking tour of Britain and are attacked by a werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The werewolf is killed but reverts to its human form, and the local townspeople are unwilling to acknowledge its existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmares of hunting on four feet at first but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he commit suicide to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural deaths. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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John Landis - the director of Animal House brings you a different kind of animal. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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21 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un hombre lobo americano en Londres  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the infamous transformation scene, David's screaming evolves into a series of monstrous roars. In this scene, there is a shot where he is on his back and staring at the camera, reaching out. From this moment to the end of the scene, listen carefully; the audio track of the werewolf roars is the exact same track used in the opening scene of Michael Jackson's Thriller. See more »

Goofs

When David and Alex are checking out of the market, the close-up of the cashier shows her pressing the register buttons with her left hand. On the long shot, she is using her right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Truck Driver: That way is Proctor, and over here is the moors. I go this way.
Jack: Thanks for the ride, sir. You have lovely sheep.
Truck Driver: Boys, keep off the moors, stick to the roads. The best to ya...
David: Thanks again.
[then to the sheep]
David: We'll miss you.
David: Bye girls...
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Crazy Credits

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy star as themselves. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Here Come the Munsters (1995) See more »

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Past Present And Beyond
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Bastow
Bruton Music Ltd
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Still Funny & Frightening After All These Years
9 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a film that never fails to entertain, year after year. It's almost a quarter of a century old but hasn't become dated and the special effects, which were astounding in its day, are still good. Director John Landis is so good at making entertaining movies. This is one of his best.

The appeal to this film is the combination of horror, suspense, action and humor. The latter actually is the key ingredient because this can become a downright scary movie. The levity here and there is welcome relief. There is just the right amount of contrast between horror and comedy.

For parents wanting to know, there also is a fair amount of rough language and there two sex scenes, one as part of the story and one "on screen" in a porn- movie theater where the two male leads meet late in the story.

Jenny Agutter is the love interest in here, a very pretty woman whom Americans audiences aren't that familiar with. It isn't just her: neither of the two leading (American) male actors in this popular movie ever became stars, either.

An entertaining but silly sequel came out almost two decades later, "An American Werewolf in Paris." I own both movies but much prefer this one.


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