It’s no secret around here that we’re both rabid fans of werewolves, so a re-watch for John Landis’ iconic An American Werewolf in London was inevitable. With that said, let’s head on over to The Slaughtered Lamb, enjoy a pint, and get this buddy review underway, shall we? 😉
1. What was your overall opinion of the movie?
I absolutely love this movie and it had been a hot minute since I last watched it. Totally holds up. I will forever sing and dance to Bad Moon Rising thanks to this movie and CCR.
Agreed. It’s always a treat when a movie you’ve greatly enjoyed holds up this well. It checks off so many boxes in things I want from a werewolf movie when I watch one. Badass creature design? Check. Painful and graphic transformation sequence? Check. Gore galore? Check. The film does a great job of showing us the monster but also not overdoing it. It knows when to pull back and build tension with even just the beast’s noises and cinematography.
2. What did you think of the werewolf design itself?
I think it was great. Sure it’s a little jerky but man, they made that shit! 9/10 rating.
I love it. This movie is 40 years old and it still has one of the most iconic werewolf looks, and also werewolf transformations ever put on film.
3. This film is known for having iconic practical effects. Do you prefer to see practical effect werewolves or CGI werewolves in movies?
100% prefer practical effect werewolves. It somehow makes it all the more real, more plausible. I also really enjoyed how his friend was more and more decomposed every time he saw him. I thought that was great attention to detail.
Practical effects are pretty much always going to be the clear winner for me too. I agree completely with Scream that having something tangible on screen will always make it feel more real, and thus more of an actual threat to the characters on screen. They went hard with the practical effects in this movie and it’s just one of the many reasons I love it. At its core, it’s a werewolf movie, but we get to see so many cool things other than just the titular American werewolf in London on screen.
4. Did you enjoy the blend of horror and comedy in this film?
I thought the horror and comedy were well blended and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
I’m a sucker for a good horror comedy, and these two genres blend so effortlessly and seamlessly in this film. It’s really quite impressive.
5. Does this make your list of top werewolf movies and do you recommend other people watch it too?
Well I’ve had nothing bad to say about it so that makes it a big fat, YAS QUEEN, from me. It is top 5 favorite werewolf movies for this little wolf girl.
Absolutely! It’s a must-see for werewolf fans, and I’d even be willing to bet that it could be a game changer for some of the people who have yet to see a werewolf movie they enjoy.
By our powers combined we rate this movie a howling good time and highly recommend it! What was the last werewolf movie you’ve seen? Any favorites?