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An American Werewolf in London Reviews

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January 26, 2017
John Landis teaches us two things in An American Werewolf in London (1981): turning into a werewolf is a very painful process, and the dead are boring!
August 16, 2013
Landis maintains the delicate balance between horror and humor until the final scene's gratuitous series of car crashes.
August 16, 2013
Director John Landis here pulls off the difficult trick of revitalising the horror genre while parodying it at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2012
One of the few horror films that explore the psychological effects of lycanthropy alongside the physical and the fallout...
October 30, 2009
Not just gory but actually frightening, not just funny but clever, 'American Werewolf...' has its flaws, but these are outweighed by the film's many, mighty strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2009
The best movie ever written by a teenager -- Landis was 19 when he penned the first draft - and a constant comic delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2009
But in a "comedy horror" picture, the "horror" bits aren't supposed to be this scary. He would have been better off dispensing with the comedy altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2009
Scary-funny is an acquired taste. For me, it tends to be a recipe in which you can't taste either of the constituent ingredients. The big man-to-wolf transformation scene is still a marvel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2009
The metamorphoses into the werewolf scenes are spectacular and the beast's rampage through Piccadilly Circus is marvellous. Splendid gory fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 30, 2009
Still scary, violent and very, very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2009
Some of the special effects are a little creaky now, but the snap of Landis's editing and the razor's-edge balance of horror and comedy are still fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2009
An American Werewolf in London, like a fine wine, just keeps getting more and more vintage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 23, 2007
Undeniably delivers a good share of scares and dark laughs. And for all its lack of discipline, it's a model of directorial clarity when compared with Landis's subsequent work, which inexorably descended into indulgence and foolishness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2007
Carnivorous lunar activities rarely come any more entertaining than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2007
A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting.
September 23, 2007
It's a failure, less because the odd stylistic mix doesn't take (it does from time to time, and to striking effect) than because Landis hasn't bothered to put his story into any kind of satisfying shape.
July 23, 2007
One of the all-time great horror movies, a pitch-perfect mix of belly laughs and genuine scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 27, 2007
Director John Landis brings humor to this offbeat reworking of the familiar tale for which Rick Baker received a well deserved Oscar for his makeup (in the first year of that category).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2007
You've got to give John Landis credit for taking the well-worn werewolf tale and injecting it with new life, so to speak.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 8/10
April 11, 2006
Darkly funny, suspenseful and unforgettable.
| Original Score: 5/5
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