Reviews

Nov 3, 2021
There is something inexpressibly fresh and zany in this kind of macabre humor, a delighting in the sheer movie nonsense of it all, that makes American Werewolf a wacky marriage of the sophomoric and the surreal.
Oct 30, 2021
A howling good horror comedy that continues to be the high standard in creature feature filmmaking.
Sep 21, 2021
...what a modern film should be; the story is simple and uncontrived, the scope personal and intense, and stakes small but engaging...
Jul 1, 2021
The hallucinations and gnarly ghosts give this movie an unexpected Smorgasborg of horror.
Nov 9, 2020
...an entirely erratic yet ultimately satisfying endeavor...
Aug 31, 2020
The prosthetics and animatronics of the initial transformation sequence are the unforgettable (and Oscar-winning) highlight of the picture.
Oct 29, 2019
David's writhing discomfort in his own skin marks not just the monstrous metamorphosis in and of genre, but also that deep sense of estrangement experienced by any well-meaning if gauche tourist tripping up on local lore and mores.
Aug 20, 2019
While it doesn't bore or anger the public, it is one of those films that's forgotten as soon as it's over. [Full Review in Spanish]
Dec 7, 2018
It feels increasingly like a symbol of traveler abroad alienation-what trying to live in a place that isn't home can feel like: confusing, rageful, even physically debilitating.
Dec 7, 2018
Aside from the special effects, this film is a fun time at the movies, but not as memorable as other horror classics.
May 9, 2018
I suspect Landis hoped to keep moviegoers eerily disarmed with an unpredictable mixture of wacky and terrifying touches. Unfortunately, his own touch... is so slack and uncertain that the movie ends up dramatically shapeless.
Jan 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!
Nov 7, 2016
A film that, despite 35 years of evolution in special effects, do not surpass the carnal naturalness of this one. [Full review in Spanish]
Aug 16, 2013
Landis maintains the delicate balance between horror and humor until the final scene's gratuitous series of car crashes.
Aug 16, 2013
Director John Landis here pulls off the difficult trick of revitalising the horror genre while parodying it at the same time.
Oct 28, 2012
One of the few horror films that explore the psychological effects of lycanthropy alongside the physical and the fallout...
Oct 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.
Oct 30, 2009
The best movie ever written by a teenager -- Landis was 19 when he penned the first draft - and a constant comic delight.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.