An American Werewolf in London

“You left my wife a widow and my children fatherless, and I understand I am to walk the Earth in limbo – one of the living dead – until the wolf’s bloodline is severed and the curse lifted. You must die, David Kessler.”

John Landis made a big shift in his filmmaking when we went from comedies like The Kentucky Fried Movie and Animal House to An American Werewolf in London. At the time, people weren’t used to horror films that blended with comedy and it took him over a decade to actually get it made. The film was, however, a success when it was released and still has a big fan base. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our 1981 series with Landis’ horror/comedy film. We discuss why this film works so well for us and what makes it hold up so well, now nearly 33 years since it was first released. We talk about the great cast headed up by David Naughton, Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter, and what casting decision almost had the film move to Paris. We talk about the beginning of the film and how we’d rewrite it to fix some little problems we have. We chat about the werewolf effects and how Rick Baker really brought a new level of makeup effects to the forefront of cinema, changing it forever. And we discuss many other aspects of the film — cinematography, editing, sound mixing, composing — that elevate the film into something that builds an incredibly effective world and makes for a film that stands the test of time. We love this film and have a great time talking about it. Tune in!

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