An American Werewolf In London
Release: August 21, 1981

While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut....David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. David dismisses the encounter as a hallucination, but all indicators point to lycanthrope; evenings of barking and bloodletting follow closely behind. While the story is thin and much of the tongue-in-cheek humor is overdone, there are plenty of genuine jolts thanks to makeup guru Rick Baker's eye-popping special effects. The werewolf, resembling a cross between a bear and a wolverine, appears frighteningly real, and, given the fantastic premise, the gore is most convincing (although surprisingly and refreshingly scant). The hospital dream sequences are creative, and the scenes in which the werewolf runs rampant through downtown London are particularly good. In all, An American Werewolf in London is an original, atmospheric film that manages both to scare and amuse. While dismissed by most American critics upon its release, the film managed to secure a place in the annals of American cinema when Baker won an Academy Award for his amazing effects and creature designs. . actors. David Naughton - David Kessler Jenny Agutter - Alex Price Griffin Dunne - Jack Goodman John Woodvine - Dr. Hirsch Brian Glover - Chess player David Schofield - Darts Player Lila Kaye - Barmaid Paul Kernber - Sgt. McManus Don McKillop - Inspector Villiers Frank Oz - Mr. Collins Alan Ford - Taxi Driver Gordon Sterne - Mr. Kessler Linzi Drew - Brenda Bristols Mark Fisher - Max Kessler John Salthouse - Bobby at Cinema Roger Rowland - Police George Hilsdon - Newsvendor Sydney Bromley - Alf Michael Carter - Gerald Bringsley Elizabeth Bradley - Woman in Zoo Joe Belcher - Truck Driver Frank Singuineau - Ted Albert Moses - Hospital Porter Paddy Ryan - Werewolf Christine Hargreaves - Ticket Lady Rik Mayall - Chess Player Paula Jacobs - Mrs. Kessler

Jack: "Now, I'm really sorry to be upsetting you, but I have to warn you."
David: "Warn me?"
Jack: "We were attacked by a werewolf."
David: "I'm not listening to this!"
Jack: "On the moors, we were attacked by a lycanthrope, a werewolf. I was murdered, an unnatural death, and now I walk the earth in limbo until the werewolf's curse is lifted."
David: "Shut up!"
Jack: "The wolf's bloodline must be severed; the last remaining werewolf must be destroyed. It's you David."
David: "I will not be threatend by a walking meatlof. -David"
Dead Girl: "You know, poison's nice! -Dead Girl"
man in pub: "beware the moon, and keep to the road -man in pub"
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