An American Werewolf in London Reviews

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November 9, 2020
...an entirely erratic yet ultimately satisfying endeavor...
August 31, 2020
The prosthetics and animatronics of the initial transformation sequence are the unforgettable (and Oscar-winning) highlight of the picture.
October 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.
August 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]
December 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.
December 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.
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!
November 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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 30, 2009
The metamorphoses into the werewolf scenes are spectacular and the beast's rampage through Piccadilly Circus is marvellous. Splendid gory fun.
October 30, 2009
Still scary, violent and very, very funny.
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.
September 11, 2009
An American Werewolf in London, like a fine wine, just keeps getting more and more vintage.
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