The daughter of the werewolf from AWIL is alive and living in Paris where her mother (from the first film) and stepfather are trying to overcome her lycanthropic disease. A trio of American tourists on a thrill seeking trip around Europe manage to stop her from plunging to her death from the top of the Eiffel tower and are embroiled in a horrific but often hilarious plot involving a secret society of werewolves based in the city and a drug which allows werewolves to change at any time... This time there's no need for a full moon...Written by
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Julie Bowen commented on the makeup: "I'd go to work at 3:30 in the morning for a 9 0'clock call. The makeup guys were very funny and very sympathetic, there are times when you're sitting in the chair, and you're fine, and then all of a sudden you have an attack of, 'Oh my god, I can't sit for another minute!' and you have to jump around [Wearing nearly-opaque contact lenses,] you're just praying that you're going to hit your mark and say your line at the right time. It is definitely a challenge." See more »
When Andy is fighting Claude on the subway train, Claude is supposed to be naked after transforming back to human form again, but in several shots during the fight you can see that he is wearing pants. See more »
The first half is great; the second half falters and peters out
Released in late 1997, "An American Werewolf in Paris" chronicles events in Paris when a trio of American daredevils (Tom Everett Scott, Phil Buckman & Vince Vieluf) encounters a suicidal young woman (Julie Delpy) at the top of the Eiffel Tower. The girl turns out to be the daughter of the werewolf from 1981's "An American Werewolf in London" and her mother (from the earlier movie) and stepfather are trying to remedy her lycanthropic disease. She's somehow linked to a clandestine order of werewolves in the city who regularly lure people to raves in order to feast on 'em. There's also a subplot about a drug that allows werewolves to change at any time with no need for a full moon. Julie Bowen, Pierre Cosso and Thierry Lhermitte have peripheral roles.
This is a stand-alone movie and so it's not necessary to see 1981 film first; I recommend catching it just for the first half. The Eiffel Tower sequence is particularly creative and thrilling. Despite what some say, Everett Scott makes for a quality main character, just as effective as David Naughton in the original, if not more. Like the first film, the movie expertly mixes horror with comedy. There are spooky scenes set in catacombs, dungeons and graveyards with the requisite full moon looming, all to a rockin' soundtrack. Unfortunately, the second half starts to mark time by becoming redundant and dull compared to the excellent set-up. And the CGI werewolves are decidedly cartoony by today's standards; although I'm sure they were pretty state-of-the-art at the time.
The movie runs 105 minutes and was shot in Paris with studio work done elsewhere. DIRECTOR: Anthony Waller. WRITERS: Tim Burns, Tom Stern & Waller.
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