In honour of Halloween, Celluloid Junkies is taking a look back at An American Werewolf In London (1981), the iconic horror-comedy classic from John Landis.
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An American Werewolf In London (1981) dir. John Landis, USA
The Evil Dead (1981) dir. Sam Raimi, USA
Salon did a retrospective look at the impact of the film very recently. ‘”Stay off the moors!”: John Landis’ An American Werewolf In London is a modern horror masterpiece’.
Joshua Rothkopf did the same for Rolling Stone magazine a few months ago. ‘How American Werewolf In London transformed horror-comedy’.
If you want to find out a little bit more about werewolf mythology, jump on the Historic Mysteries website and their page ‘The history of the werewolf legend’.
WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE
Following American Werewolf, Landis was involved with the theatrical version of ‘The Twilight Zone’, and it was an ill-fated production from the start. Ultimately, a mishap on set featuring an explosion and a helicopter led to the death of three actors during Landis’ section of the movie. There’s a Youtube video featuring a short history of the decisions which led to the catastrophe, and the actual video of the accident.
Here’s the Letterboxd list created by Luke entitled ‘The Whole Town Is In On It’, regarding the cinematic trope of an entire townsfolk hiding a dark secret.
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.