In this holiday feature, we will showcase the best monster movies ever made during each day of the month, leading up to Halloween.
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)
David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he’s plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.
What can one say about this film that hasn’t already been said? It’s one of the best werewolf movies ever made – check. It’s one of the best horror-comedies ever – check. It has one of the best werewolf transformation scenes ever, and won an Academy Award for best makeup for Rick Baker – check. Well, I guess that covers it all.
But seriously, 1981 was a great year for werewolf films. Besides AAWIL, The Howling, and Full Moon High was also released. Director John Landis did an incredible job with the film. It was the perfect mix of horror and humor in all the right places. This film, along with The Howling set the standard for werewolf transformations in modern cinema that hasn’t been equaled to this very day. For a perfect monster movie to watch on a dark and stormy night, you can’t go wrong with An American Werewolf In London!