An American Werewolf in London
An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 horror film written and directed by John Landis. Some may call this film a “black comedy” in which I could totally agree, given Landis’s writing and film career, however I would label this horror in my opinion. While two friends are backpacking in England, they cross paths with, well you guessed it, a werewolf. The rest of the film our main character (David) struggles to make real and difficult decisions before the next full moon, all the while, being tormented by past ghouls of the werewolf’s past killings.
One of my favorite aspects that this movie plays off is David’s conflicting morals and personal decision making all throughout. Does he really believe that he will really turn into a werewolf? Are these visions of dead people real? Are they telling the truth? Am I crazy? With a real solid plot and script, it’s a slow burner at times but carries really well. However what really makes this film are the special effects. For 1981 this was groundbreaking practical effects for its time. No computers here boys and girls. So amazing In fact, it took home an Oscar! When this film kicks into high gear, it’s dialed at 11!