Sunday, June 8, 2014
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
In 1981 this film, along with THE HOWLING, took the werewolf movie and updated it for modern(at the time) audiences. Amazing special FX work and modern-day story-lines had a young me anxious to see what the future of horror would bring. Little did I know that these films would pretty much be the apex and horror, and film-making in general, would devolve into a lifeless form of commercialism over artistry. Watching this back-to-back with THE HOWLING recently I have to give it to WEREWOLF for being a slightly better-made and more fun watch. Then again if you're looking for a more straight-forward horror film with less comedic bits HOWLING is the way to go. Either way they do make a great double-feature!
Make-up artist Rick Baker won an academy award for this. 17 years later they made a CGI-laden lame-ass sequel, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS, and if you want to see how far movies had fallen in that time-span just watch 5 minutes of that crapfest.