An American Werewolf in London
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Remember back in the early 1980s when special-effects makeup artists were tripping over themselves to create the next big effect? The Howling boasted a fantastic werewolf transformation scene courtesy of makeup wizard Rob Bottin. Then along came Bottin's mentor, Rick Baker, with his own spectacular effects in this popular horror comedy directed by John Landis. An American Werewolf in London is more of a makeup showcase than a truly satisfying movie, but the film is effectively moody when David Naughton discovers that a wolf attack has turned him into a bloodthirsty lycanthrope. Jenny Agutter plays his love interest (watch out, he bites!), and who can forget Griffin Dunne as Naughton's best friend, an undead corpse who progressively rots away as the plot unfolds? All things considered, it's easy to see why An American Werewolf in London became a modern horror favorite. --Jeff Shannon
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The scene where David roams around buck-naked in the forest when he kills and then eats a deer in this film is very similar to the scene where Irena(Nastassja Kinski)roams around buck naked like a bitch-in-heat showing off her Womanhood in the forest for no apparent reason in the middle of the night eating a rabbit alive in the movie CAT PEOPLE.
The special effects in this movie when David transforms into a werewolf for the first time are also marvelous too and so are the bonus materials showing outtakes on what the director and producers had to do to get that transformation scenes correct before they were able to do the theatrical release of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON back in the Summer of 1981.
Additionally, I would have to say that I think AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON was probably David Naughton's best film throughout his entire acting career and this movie was released only a few years after his one hit wonder song "Makin It" made the charts back in 1978.
Unfortunately, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON has a tragic ending to it when David as a werewolf ends up getting shot to death in an alley even after Alex(Jenny Agutter) tells David she loves him and then falls apart into tears after changing back into a naked man shot up to death all bloodied up with bullet holes in him, which made it a shame that they couldn't find a cure or any other solution to David's afflicted ability to transform into a werewolf, but you have to admit, David & Alex weren't a bad looking couple and it was quite hard to not admire the intimacy between David & Alex either, which by the way were my favorite parts of this movie, especially when David got Alex into bed.
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