It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s An American Werewolf in London.
John Landis’s hairy, scary, horror-comedy reinvented the werewolf movie and revolutionised special makeup effects with Oscar-winning work from Rick Baker. Beware the moon!
Backpacking through the English countryside, young Americans David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) ignore the locals’ warnings to stick to the roads and stay off the moors, and consequently pay the bloody, shape-shifting price. Jack’s chatty corpse returns in various states of decay to haunt and taunt David, who discovers his animal instincts under the light of the full moon.
Four reasons why An American Werewolf in London rocks:
1. The transformation sequence, emphasising the effectiveness of prosthetic, practical effects over the artificial veneer of today’s CGI.
2. The all-British supporting cast, including the lovely Jenny Agutter and the wonderful John Woodbine and Brian Glover.
3. The soundtrack, which makes great use of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Bad Moon Rising and Sam Cooke’s Blue Moon (although Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London is conspicuously absent).
4. The over-the-top Piccadilly Circus rampage.
Check out STACK‘s other Friday Flick recommendations here.