Beware the moon, because An American Werewolf in London is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Internet Terrorist (and Master of Air Sex) Thomas Pandich.
Review in a Nutshell: An old-fashioned horror tale with plenty of humor to lighten the mood, An American Werewolf in London also set the standard for on-screen transformation sequences that has yet to be surprassed.
Another one I saw when it first came out – and one I liked a lot more than I liked THE EIGER SANCTION! While not a perfect film by any means, AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON has humor, great makeup effects and a fairly tragic ending – I’m not sure the horror works as well as Landis wanted it to, though….
Not going rag in you for making the twilight comparison for Ginger Snaps. You should check it out because it does Lynch vibe to it with a dash of Canadian Cronenberg body horror to spice things up.
~45:40: Oh, God! Paul just flashed the Daryl-Surat’s-Christopher-Walken-Impression signal: “The Wolfman never scared me. . . .” 😀
The views your co-host had almost mirrors my views of the film too. I’m not much of a horror fan myself of course, but that discordance in the music choices do throw it off for me (ruins my enjoyment of The Marcels tune). I see what this movie did and it’s great what it did, but it’s simply not my thing.
And yes, what gets passed on for werewolf flicks these days is pretty bad, but I don’t want to fire up the Twilight crowd like the few in my house that had to watch that film over and over. They obviously think they know what they like.
Aside from the original “The Shaggy Dog” Disney made in the 50’s, there was a follow-up/sequel in the 70’s called “The Shaggy D.A.” that might be worth tracking down for a no-brainer romp!
Noticed you mentioned “backwards jointed legs” when referring to the look of werewolves you like. They’re really standing on the balls of their feed, as their heels are pointed upward, though some people don’t always look at it that way and confuse it as a backwards knee. Just pointed it out.
Paul, after listening to this podcast and all the questions about “has there been a good werewolf movie since” I wanted to ask do you think that the Incredible Hulk (as a character if not necessarily in the recent movies) is the closest pop culture character to fulfill the characteristics of the werewolf?
Seth, I think the Hulk for all his anger issues is closer to the Karloff take on Frankenstein’s Monster rather than the werewolf, in that both are largely misunderstood rather than actively malignant. Werewolves are generally evil and predatory, and the Hulk is neither.
I don’t really like this movie. Can’t say that it is a bad movie, the story and characters just didn’t engage me. I can still see how this movie has been as influential as it is and the makeup and direction are superb. However, the only scene that was really getting me was the subway scene for how well it was shot.
I didn’t really care for the hero of the film. I assume it is because he kinda lacks any heroic qualities and seemed reationary rather than proactive. He is an everyman type character and perhaps I wasn’t really expecting that.
The humour that peppers the film really threw me off. Again, not a bad movie, just not my kind of thing. I prefer it when a movie sticks with one tone whether it be grim or goofy. Maybe thats why I liked the Howling much better than this movie.
Takeyo: “Wolfman…never scared me” isn’t so much “mine” as much as it is my extremely failed attempt at quoting Kevin Pollak’s “Frankenstein never scared me” Christopher Walken impersonation bit. Upon learning of this years ago, I opted to stay with it because despite having nards, it’s a lot easier to buy into…not buying into…Wolfman as a terrifying and malevolent force. Then again, the Wolfman is pretty fast, like marsupials are.