An American Werewolf in London

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Released 1981

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Director:
John Landis (I)
Released:
1981
Rating:
R
An American Werewolf in London begins when a wolf whose bite is definitely worse than his bark chomps a young backpacker taking a shortcut across the British moors one night. Before long, the traveler gets long in the tooth! But this howler has a different twist: a sharp sense of humor blacker than the Arctic sky on the winter solstice. John Landis wrote the screenplay and directed.

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  • 80

    Variety

    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The transformation sequences on their own are disturbing enough to upset sensitive viewers (even though the first one doesn't occur until an hour into the 97 minute film, making th...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character develop...

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    Comedy, Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    Horror Masters, Creatures & Monsters, Zombies,Vampires & Monsters, Cult