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An American Werewolf In London (1981)
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An American Werewolf In London (1981) Two American students are on a walking tour of England and are attacked by a Werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The Werewolf is killed, but reverts to it's human form, and the townspeople are able to deny it's existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmares of hunting on 4 feet at first, but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he find a way to die to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural death.

Movie Tagline:
John Landis

Title: American Werewolf In London, An
Release Date: August 21, 1981
Runtime: 97 mins
Genre: Comedy
All Genres: Comedy, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: UK, USA
Colors: Color
Sound: DTS, Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Buried.com Rating: 8.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A

MPAA Rating: R

John Landis

David Naughton ...David Kessler
Jenny Agutter ...Nurse Alex Price
Griffin Dunne ...Jack Goodman
John Woodvine ...Dr. J. S. Hirsch
Lila Kaye ...Barmaid
Joe Belcher ...Truck Driver
David Schofield ...Dart Player
Brian Glover ...Chess Player
Rik Mayall ...2nd Chess Player
Sean Baker ...2nd Dart Player
Paddy Ryan ...First Werewolf
Anne Marie Davies ...Nurse Susan Gallagher
Frank Oz ...Mr. Collins / Miss Piggy
Don McKillop ...Inspector Villiers
Paul Kember ...Sergeant McManus
Colin Fernandes ...Benjamin - Boy in Hospital
Albert Moses ...Hospital Porter
Michele Brisigotti ...Rachel Kessler
Mark Fisher ...Max Kessler
Gordon Sterne ...Mr. Kessler
Paula Jacobs ...Mrs. Kessler
Claudine Bowyer ...Creepy Little Girl
Johanna Crayden ...Creepy Little Girl
Nina Carter ...Naughty Nina
Geoffrey Burridge ...Harry Berman
Brenda Cavendish ...Judith Browns
Christopher Scoular ...Sean
Mary Tempest ...Sean's Wife
Cynthia Powell ...Sister Hobbs
Sydney Bromley ...Alf

» [more cast members]

George Folsey Jr.
Peter Guber
Jon Peters

John Landis

Elmer Bernstein

More Movie Taglines:
  • John Landis
  • the director of Animal House brings you a different kind of animal.
  • Beware the Moon
  • From the director of Animal House -- a different kind of animal
  • A masterpiece of terror
  • The Monster Movie
  • Twenty Years Later, The Moon Rises Again... [20th Anniversary Re-Issue]
Movie Quote(s):
  • Jack: Now, I'm really sorry to be upsetting you, but I have to warn you. David: Warn me? Jack: We were attacked by a werewolf. David: [putting his hands over his ears] I'm not listening to this! Jack: On the moors, we were attacked by a lycanthrope, a werewolf. I was murdered, an unnatural death, and now I walk the earth in limbo until the werewolf's curse is lifted. David: Shut up! Jack: The wolf's bloodline must be severed; the last remaining werewolf must be destroyed. It's you, David.
  • David: How could there have been witnesses? It was so dark. We were running, and I fell and Jack went to help me up, and this thing came from nowhere. I don't know what they're talking about.
  • Jack: It's a full moon... Jack, David: [remembering the warning they received] Beware the moon... David: And stick to the road. Oops. Jack: I vote we go back to the Slaughtered Lamb.
  • Little boy: A naked American man stole my balloons.
  • Jack: Have you tried talking to a corpse? It's boring.
Movie Trivia:
  • All the songs in this film have "moon" in the title.
  • Director Trademark: [John Landis] [SYNW] the porno film showing when David meets Jack and his zombie friends. A poster for the film appears in the London Underground when the man is killed.
  • At the close of the credits is a congratulatory message for the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (as Lady Diana Spencer). It was included because during the scene when David is trying to get arrested he shouts "Prince Charles is gay." The film was shot months before the preparations for their July 1981 wedding.
  • John Landis originally wanted three other songs to add to the soundtrack: Cat Stevens wouldn't allow "Moonshadow" to be used because he had stopped allowing his secular music to be licensed for films following his conversion to Islam; Bob Dylan wouldn't allow his version of "Blue Moon" to be used in an R-rated film, as he had just begun his brief conversion to Christianity; and Elvis Presley's version of "Blue Moon" proved unavailable due to the ongoing lawsuits involving his estate.
  • The legal disclaimer in the closing credits reads, "Any resemblance to any persons living, dead, or undead is coincidental". This was also placed at the end of another John Landis project: Thriller (1983) (TV), which was reportedly inspired by (and held several allusions to) this film.
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