|American Werewolf In London (2009) - Used - Blu-ray|
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This movie made quite an impression on me when first saw it, and it holds up very well thanks to great casting, direction, dialogue and creature effects by the legendary Rick Baker. As a modern telling of the Werewolf story, it is wickedly funny while not resorting to camp levels of silliness. You'll wonder why David Naughton's career didn't take off after this gem (he started as a Dr. Pepper dancing ad-man), and you'll hopefully seek out other Griffin Dunne films - he made some others that are pretty funny as well. Jenny Agutter is easy on the eyes, and the pace and storyline are intense because of their plausibility. This is a very good scary movie, and there aren't too many non-slasher films of it's caliber. I would put it up there with Carpenter's "The Thing", and Hooper's "Poltergeist", but it's bigger on humor than both, while still staying suspenseful and terrifying at times. John Landis has made a lot of films, and this is one of his best. I think it probably has the best screenplay he ever directed, and Rick Baker made everything perfectly gorey and realistic, so that the Undead are justifiably bitter about their predicament, while the transformation scenes will flat out amaze first-time viewers. This flick outscores "Wolfen", "Wolf", "Silver Bullet", and others of its day, and easily surpasses newer films of the same genre like "Cursed". I highly recommend "An American Werewolf in London", one of my favorite films of all time. Oh, one more thing... The sequel, "An American Werewolf in Paris", came out years later with weaker acting performances and an inferior screenplay, so don't feel compelled to see it.
Seeing this in high definition (HD DVD) was like seeing it for the first time. I remember after seeing it at the theatre so long ago on a full moon, fumbling for my keys in the dark at my car and wondering when I would be attacked. The cinematography is beautiful and very sharp, and even the few bits that are soft and grainy are better than the standard def DVD. The HD DVD version also includes the frontal nudity shots of David Naughton, which seem to have been edited out of the standard def version (at least the one I have). Remember, David Naughton was the Dr. Pepper guy at the time, so him appearing nude and showing off all of his "assets" was part of the controversy of this film, along with the ground-breaking special effects and voluminous gore. This is classic werewolf horror, and I don't think it has been topped even to date by any other werewolf film. The high def version is the one to have if you have an HD DVD player [the one for the Xbox 360 actually will plug via USB into your computer and work without a hitch as a stand-alone HD DVD player. You'll need a graphics card and a monitor that can handle high def, and HD DVD playback software.]
OK, this is a bit out of my norm, but I am a Michael Jackson fan, so I had to take the plunge. The story from "The Making of Thriller" is that John Landis is the director of both films, and "American Werewolf in London" was an influence on Thriller. SO, if you need an extension of Thriller for the Halloween season, go for it!
There is some humor mixed in with a bit of gore, some special effects look a little old fashioned, others are still good. The deteriorating dead friend is pretty funny, Yup, funny!
Kind of ends all of a sudden, and we were like, "Hey, Wait!"
Overall a pretty good movie, I would recommend it. ESPECIALLY for MJ fans if you haven't seen it!
Considering that this movie is over 25 years old the special effects are excellent and it was well made. It is a combination of horror and comedy and worked well for me. The HD DVD version is a bit grainy, but it is an added classic to my collection and contains extra, added commentary from actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne as they describe the behind the scenes preparation, other actors in the film and what took place during the filming of the movie. I am happy I purchased this HD DVD and treasure it, as the HD DVD version IS more vivid then the DVD version and is one of the best werewolf movies ever produced. Serious collectors who enjoyed the original theater version will NOT be disappointed as I know I will be watching it again and it DID work well for me!
I loved this John Landis (Animal House, Michael Jackson's Thriller) movie that centers on the story of an 2 American men that are in London back-packing and are attacked by a werewolf. I give this great props also for the fact that it was made in 1981 before computer imaging and John Landis and Rick Baker did great with the make-up and special effects of this movie. As for American Werewolf in Paris, not near as good as the original, but still ok. I give it a Good score. Definitely great movie for the horror buff.