I See a Bad Moon Rising

An American Werewolf in London is one of many werewolf movies released in 1981 (The Howling and Wolfen being the other two), but it’s the biggest standout. Though a relatively straightforward werewolf movie, (man gets bit, man turns into wolf, wolf kills people, man wants to die) An American Werewolf in London is still just as good as the original Wolf Man. Two young American backpackers travel through the English countryside. Only to end up in a pub called the Slaughtered Lamb. The people there warn them to stay on the road and to avoid the moon. Of course they don’t listen and Jack ends up being killed by what turns out to be a werewolf. Leaving David alone in London with a bite. An American Werewolf boasts impressive makeup effects and a lot of dark comedy. The most standout scene is when David transforms for the first time. Showing it to be an unpleasant painful process. The scene was so groundbreaking that John Landis used it again in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The humor is present mostly whenever Jack’s corpse shows up. Along with a lack of silver, the biggest difference with traditional werewolf mythology is the werewolf’s victims being undead. An American Werewolf in London is definitely the best bloody violent romantic comedy I’ve seen.


David transforms into a werewolf

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