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An American Werewolf in London: Full Moon Edition

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An American Werewolf in London
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An American Werewolf in London

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
97 minutes
performer:
Griffin Dunne, David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Paul Kember, Don McKillop, John Woodvine
director:
John Landis
Producers:
American Werewolf, Inc., Lyncanthrope Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
distributor:
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Universal
author:
John Landis
genre:
Horror, Comedy

We gave it an A-

Many werewolf movies came before it and even more have been made since, but John Landis’ giddy, gory 1981 horror comedy An American Werewolf in London remains the lycanthropic gold standard. Two smart-ass American backpackers wander the northern English moors during a full moon. One (Griffin Dunne) is clawed to ribbons; the other (David Naughton) survives, but with a bloodthirsty curse. Ironically, now that digital F/X can spin anything into eye candy, Rick Baker’s old-school makeup gags look more impressive than ever. EXTRAS on the two-disc set include a fantastic new 100-minute retrospective. A?

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