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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Belcher ...
Sean Baker ...
Paddy Ryan ...
Anne-Marie Davies ...
Don McKillop ...
Paul Kember ...


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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Release Date:

21 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En amerikansk varulv i London  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Werewolf howl that was used for the film was a combination of a actual wolf and an elephant. Producer George Folsey Jr. claimed, in the Beware the Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London' (2009) documentary, that the howl had been played backwards. Director John Landis also stated in the documentary that the Howl was a combination of seven or eight different animals. See more »


When Dvid is transforming a second time he is in deep pain, just like the first time so he has to take of his cloths. But he had his arms on the banister with no way he could take his cloths off. But when we see his face again now partial werewolf his cloths are gone with no way he could've taken it off. See more »


[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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All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living, dead, or undead, is purely coincidental. See more »


Spoofs Monster of Terror (1965) See more »


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Music by Andrew Pryce Jackman
Bruton Music Ltd
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27 September 1998 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Violent, gory yet somewhat bittersweet tale of an American tourist who has the misfortune of being bitten by a werewolf. David Naughton is young and bewildered, Jenny Agutter cute, innocent and sexy and Griffin Dunne hilarious as a rapidly decomposing poltergeist. The score is great and the special effects outstanding. This movie gives new meaning to the term Ugly American. Don't watch this on commercial TV. It can only be appreciated in its original, unedited form.

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