Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

An American Werewolf in London Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David ([[Performer~P51961~David Naughton~davidnaughton]]) and Jack ([[Performer~P88456~Griffin Dunne~griffindunne]]) 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 [[Performer~P80455~Baker~rickbaker]] won an Academy Award for his amazing effects and creature designs. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:April 21, 1981

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Baker Best Makeup 1981 Winner

Cast

David Naughton
as David Kessler
Jenny Agutter
as Alex Price
Griffin Dunne
as Jack Goodman
John Woodvine
as Dr. Hirsch
Brian Glover
as Chess player
David Schofield
as Darts Player
Lila Kaye
as Barmaid
Frank Oz
as Mr. Collins
Linzi Drew
as Brenda Bristols
Paddy Ryan
as Werewolf
George Hilsdon
as Newsvendor
Mark Fisher
as Max Kessler
Sydney Bromley
as Alf
Alan Ford
as Taxi Driver
Gordon Sterne
as Mr. Kessler
Frank Singuineau
as Ted
Paula Jacobs
as Mrs. Kessler
Roger Rowland
as Police
Rik Mayall
as Chess Player
John Salthouse
as Bobby at Cinema
Albert Moses
as Hospital Porter

Crew

John Landis
Director
George Folsey, Jr.
Producer
John Landis
Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Campbell
Editor
Leslie Dilley
Art Director
Peter Guber
Executive Producer
Jon Peters
Executive Producer
Deborah Nadoolman
Costume Designer
David Tringham
First Assistant Director
Ken Barker
Stunts
Romo Gorrara
Stunts
Colin Skeaping
Stunts
Clive Curtis
Stunts
Frank Henson
Stunts
Marc Boyle
Stunts
Fred Haggerty
Stunts
Vic Armstrong
Stunts
Roy Alon
Stunts
Gareth Milne
Stunts
Nick Hobbs
Stunts
Terry Forrestal
Stunts
Paul Weston
Stunts
Tracey Eddon
Stunts
Peter Diamond
Stunts
Terry Walsh
Stunts
Billy Horrigan
Stunts
Arthur Howell
Stunts
Debbie McWilliams
Casting
Joyce Herlihy
Production Manager
Rick Baker
Makeup Special Effects
Peter Childs
Assistant Art Director
Advertisement