December 15, 2008

Review: An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Sub-Genre- Werewolf.
In Attendance- Me, Eryn, The Vanilla Gorilla, and our newest member Laurie.
Cast Members of Note- Griffin Dunne, David Naughton, and the retro hotness of Jenny Agutter.

Two American College boys decide to go backpacking through the English Countryside, ignoring the creepy locals and their warnings to stay off of the moors. I mean, if someone told me to "beware the full moon" and had a pentacle painted with blood on their tavern wall, I think I'd listen to them. Then again, I'm a bit of a puss.

Double puss.
They don't listen though, and soon enough they're attacked by a ferocious beast, leaving one of them dead, and the other one... a Werewolf! It's also pretty lucky for the one who lives that British chicks are both polite and slutty; because even though she thinks he's insane, she brings him home and gives him plenty of sex. I love British Totty.

Soon enough, people start dying from "Dog" attacks, Nazi Mutants go on a drive-by shooting rampage, and we see way too much naked man-ass running around London. Most terrifying of all, we also see a small British boy lured into the bushes by a naked man, all with a promise of "2 pounds..." It's scary how easy it is to molest British children! Scary indeed.

Thought I was making it up, didn't you? Ha!
I won't ruin the ending for you here, but suffice it to say that Piccadilly Square gets messed up pretty good. Also, this is one of the very few decent Werewolf flicks in existence. True story.

Should have listened to the locals.
Many consider this to be the quintessential Werewolf movie; I personally think that The Howling is better, but An American Werewolf in London is still worthy of such praise. It's more of a tongue-in-cheek Horror Comedy than it is straight up Horror flick, but it still packs quite a gory punch.

The best part of this movie, aside from it being fun, are the special FX; it won the Oscar for best makeup, a category that was actually created because of this movie. The man-to-wolf transformation scenes remain to this day among the best ever committed to film. They are actually painful to watch in a way, because they look so natural and real.

Yeah, that smarts.
When a bunch of English country folk tell you to stick to the roads and stay off of the moors, why don't you listen to them? Always heed the locals advice!

So exactly how much of David Naughton's ass and peener do we need to see before it becomes enough!

As a small child, this image gave me nightmares for years.
Random mauling's, decaying/bloody corpses, rolling heads, and plenty of blood... this movie plenty of gore without overdoing it. The special FX in this movie are all top notch.

That's a big dog.
We mostly get to see David Naughton naked, a bunch of times, but we do get a quick shot of a boob. Overall, there's just too much man flesh!

"A naked American man stole my balloons" or "Those sheep shit on my pack."

Always stay on the roads, and stay off of the moors. Also, English chicks will take random American guys home to stay in their flats, even if they seem to be insane.

Totty, totty, totty!
Fun, funny, visually stunning (FX wise), bloody, and even a little bit creepy here and there; this Horror movie has something for everyone. An all time classic, An American Werewolf in London is a must own.


An American Werewolf in London is available now on Blu-ray and DVD, and VOD.

Man was Jenny Agutter ever hot.


  1. For some reason I don't remember the "Mutant Nazi drive-by" part of this movie. Interesting.

  2. I don't remember the "Nazi mutants go on a drive-by rampage" part of the movie.
    Makes for a great image though!

  3. Hmm... if you got a couple comments from me already it's because I thought this thing was messing up my log-in but now I see that the moderation is enabled. lol
    Sorry about that.

  4. Yeah VagueRant, it was a dream sequence. And it is an swesome image :)

    And as for comment moderation, I leave that on so I can see new comments when they're posted, or else I tend to miss them, especially on older posts like this.

    For the record, we post good and bad comments, no censorship here :)

  5. If you google "American werewolf nazi", you can fins a few clips on youtube I believe.

  6. Dude. I'm a chick who loves horror movies and I have to put up with obligatory boob and bush shots all the time. You can deal with 30 seconds of a dude's ass. We get it. You're straight. But don't bitch about male nudity and demand for female nudity. There's porn for that.

  7. Easy there, Tess. Like most things we say on this site, that comment was for the sake of levity, not me complaining about man-ass.

    Relax, and enjoy your male nudity. We'd never want you to have to go without it.

  8. I LOVE the movie poster selected for this review.