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An American Werewolf in London (1981) Movie Reviews

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05/06/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Hütet euch vor dem Mond

Ein bisschen unfertig wirkt John Landis' Film, als wollte er uns mit seinen Bildern beeindrucken und vergass dabei die Übergänge oder Entwicklung seiner Charaktere. Es gibt atemberaubende Szenen, aber auch viel Leerlauf, in dem niemand so recht weiss, was denn nun als nächstes geschehen soll. Oder versuche ich da, den American Werewolf in ein klassisches Korsett zu zwängen, dass ihm viel zu eng ist? Landis scheint sich nie entscheiden zu wollen, ob er eine Komödie oder einen Horrorfilm machen will. Manchmal erschlagen seine Effekte einfach das Geschehen. Aber auch diese Kritikansätze haben bestimmt damit zu tun, dass mein Abstand zum Anarcho Filmspass der frühen 80er einfach schon viel zu gross ist! Hier kommt der Plot: Zwei amerikanische Studenten (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) backp...

 

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05/16/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An American Werewolf in London review

A story of American college students, David Kessler and Jack Goodman. Both gets killed by a mysterious animal. The screenplay was unimpressive and the acting was just unnatural. It's humor aspect was not as efficient as well. Highlights were some laughable moments, the make-up and car crashes in the very abrupt conclusion. The story itself was very light and ending too swift for such a build-up. Themes of love, friendship and admitting crime were touched. Settings were well picked and the movie only becomes enjoyable towards the middle, the pace was suffice and length short since certain scenes felt very rushed. Overall, An American Werewolf in London maybe one of the pioneers when tackling on the subject of werewolves coupled with some funny sequences.

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02/23/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"An American Werewolf In London" by Yojimbo

When two American students are attacked on the Yorkshire moors, one is killed but the other survives to be haunted by horrifying dreams and fears he may be turning into a werewolf. American Werewolf enjoys the reputation as one of the great horror comedies, but anyone expecting a slew of cheap gags in the vein of Scary Movie will get a little more than they bargained for. When Kubrick made Dr Strangelove he basically made a cold war thriller but with a subtle shift in emphasis he created a comedy legend; the same is true of this film. Take away the soundtrack and the scenes involving David's cheerfully rotting victims and you could easily mistake it for a straight horror film; the Yorkshire locations, isolated villagers and gentleman doctor's lone investigation are all very Hammer studios...

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3.5/4 

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05/20/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors.

Amazingly, the idea for American Werewolf in London came to director John Landis when he was working as a production assistant on the Clint Eastwood movie Kelly's Heroes (1970).
Easily the best Werewolf movie ever made, AWIL blends outrageous dark humour with gruesome and horrific scenes of carnage. Landis was (at the time) on a roll which showed no signs of abating and his masterful and astute directing delivered a visually impressive masterpiece of Horror cinema.
Taking the American-English culture clash to the max and throwing in a number of whacky and downright unfriendly characters, Landis pitches the tone to perfection.
Complemented by an almost perfect soundtrack and several stand out scares, AWIL induces both laughter and intense shock sometimes in the same scene.
The icing on...

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4/4 

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09/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Blue Moon at its best!!

Director John Landis weaves just the right amount of thrills, chills, violence, humour, and good old fashioned suspense into one movie to create one of the greatest horror films in history, in this tale of two American youths who find more than they bargained for on the English moors. From the opening shots of the English moors with Bobby Vinton's slow romantic version of "Blue Moon", to the end credits with the Marcels' fast paced rendition of the same song playing you'll be left in awe as to what you've just seen. Not since several decades earlier with Lon Chaney in "The Wolf Man" have we had the pleasure of seeing such a superb "Full Moon Induced Monsterism" film, and we've still yet to see one just as good twenty years later! And let's not forget the wonderous transformation scene whi...

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09/16/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Horror + Black Comedy

“A naked American man stole my balloons!” is one of the many memorable quotes from this campy, nicely paced film. Although this is more of an exercise in black comedy than horror, it has solid thrills, especially toward the beginning of the picture. Several most memorable scenes include: the werewolf’s first attack, the dream sequences, the various stage’s of Jack’s decomposition, the transformation, and the porno theatre. But the person that gave this movie a soft touch that it desperately needed was Jenny Agutter as the nurse who takes in David (played by David Naughton). She shines in her scenes and I wanted to know more about her as the story unfolded itself. My main problem with this movie is that it didn’t have enough horror to satisfy those who are expecting to be scared. If more s...

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3/4 

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