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An American Werewolf in London
#36
Great horror film. I always thought it was too short, though. The moment it gets interesting, David has already turned into Godzilla in London and then bam he's killed. I would have liked another 30 minutes fleshing out some characters like the Nurse and the Doctor and maybe get into some of the origin of the pub.
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#37

One of the greatest horror movies of all-time, no question. This rewatch I found myself marveling at the tight well-structured script. I love how there isn't a dull scene in the whole film. Even when giving exposition in the form of the detectives and hospital administrator, Landis finds the game of the scene, creating a fun relationship between the two detectives. I also love how it portrays survivor guilt. David tries to pretend that he's okay with what happened, that it hasn't affected him. In trying to repress the trauma, it comes out in his dreams (the nastiest being rich with Nazi symbolism, since the Holocaust is the ultimate Jewish symbol of survivor guilt) and finally in the ghost of his dead friend (and victims) appearing in front of him while he's awake.

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#38

"A naked American stole my balloons."

This, along with Jaws is one of those 'watched far too early as a kid' movies that screwed me up royal and killed any chance of a good nights sleep for years. God damn is it a perfect blend of horror and comedy. Equal parts scary and funny, a rare achievement.

The transformation scene is truly a moment of horror cinema perfection that all the computers in the world haven't been able to match, but it's a single shot in the tube scene where we look down the escalators to see the full-wolf slowly walk into shot that's always left me in fucking awe at the effects mastery on display. It just looks like a real animal and holy hell did it make my blood turn cold the first few times I saw it...

I rate this alongside The Thing and The Exorcist as one of my very favourite horror films.

More of my (and others) thoughts here - and fantastic proof that I'm very good at repeating myself around here after a decade.

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#39

The chaos in the Piccadilly Circus really is some of the most horrifying stuff in the movie, so much so that anytime I watch it I'm wincing through the whole thing.

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#40

The nazi-window-nurse-stab scene always made me cringe, even when I knew it was coming.  So many memorable little moments - like when the little kid in the hospital takes a comic book and hits Agutter.

 + another great Frank Oz cameo.

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#41

Absolutely a brilliant film. All the highlights have been well covered here, but I have to add my love for the moors scene. That fucking shrieking wolf-call is just fucking perfect. And with all the shout-outs to the director and the effects team, let's not shortchange the performances of virtually every actor involved. Just tremendous on all accounts.

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#42

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Originally Posted by BubWilliams View Post

The chaos in the Piccadilly Circus really is some of the most horrifying stuff in the movie, so much so that anytime I watch it I'm wincing through the whole thing.

It just NEVER fails to amaze how much 'realism' they were able to pull off by reducing Piccadilly Circus by over a half / 2 thirds (if not more) and it STILL FEELING RIGHT...pure 'movie-magic' right there.

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#43


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"A naked American stole my balloons."

For some reason I like that the kid basically blows the take (he's clearly stifling laughter) but Landis kept it in anyway. It took me years to realize just how much of a remake (or reimagining if you want) of The Wolf Man this film is. David's alienation, the Jewish subtext introduced by Siodmak and expanded upon in stark, gruesome detail by Landis. It's basically The Wolf Man without the brakes on, and I mean that as a high compliment. 30 years as the undisputed and unchallenged champion of werewolf movies is a pretty great thing.

Also, the climax of the film, it's emotional highpoint, begins in a porno theater. That's just all kinds of fucking great.

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#44

Picked up the bluray finally. Looks great and the Beware the Moon full-length doc has plenty going for it. Nice upgrade/double-dip for sure. Well worth it.

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#45

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It just NEVER fails to amaze how much 'realism' they were able to pull off by reducing Piccadilly Circus by over a half / 2 thirds (if not more) and it STILL FEELING RIGHT...pure 'movie-magic' right there.

 I think its how fast the violence comes that adds to the realism/uncomfortableness in that scene too.

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#46
AI bumped the wrong dang thread. Oh well, here's this...

[quote name="DARKMITE8" url="/community/t/109085/an-american-werewolf-in-london/0_50#post_3931611"]This is a fun listen on the commute today, based on original script. More background on the ww (Talbot!) and community than I remember. Jenny Agutter and John Woodvine revisit their characters!

https://youtu.be/F-pouFxbrOo

You can tell when that was recorded based in the Street Shark and Power Ranger references.

Need to pull out the blu for a rewatch soon![/quote]


[quote name="Purple Archer" url="/community/t/101233/an-american-werewolf-in-london/0_50#post_2014947"]Great horror film. I always thought it was too short, though. The moment it gets interesting, David has already turned into Godzilla in London and then bam he's killed. I would have liked another 30 minutes fleshing out some characters like the Nurse and the Doctor and maybe get into some of the origin of the pub.[/quote]
You get more background in the BBC Radio adaption, mostly due to not relying on the signature visuals of the film.
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#47

This is nutty....

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#48
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I bumped the wrong dang thread. Oh well, here's this...

You get more background in the BBC Radio adaption, mostly due to not relying on the signature visuals of the film.

The adaptation keeps Agutter, Woodvine and Brian Glover, but it's not great, it changes iconic lines, add the backstory that Glover is the first werewolf's brother in law, and the first ten minutes is all about life in Proctor. It's almost good but it's annoying and it has a sort of love-hate relationship with its originator.

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#49

Max Landis to write and direct the remake with Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead producing. 



In related news, fuck everything.

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#50
AJesus Fuck Me Christ. All the shit Landis talks and he wants to do this?
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#51

He got tired of not hearing the word nepotism enough in his life.

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#52

It's like you're watching some Ritalin-addled little snot nose play around with his Dad's beautiful and intricately designed model ship that cost thousands of dollars.

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#53

John Landis needs to grab a slipper and bend that boy over his knee right fucking now.

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#54

What, you mean you guys don't want a PG-13 remake Of American Werewolf in London, filled with catchy current pop songs, poorly-conceived CGI monsters, a super-handsome and buff protagonist and a Victoria's Secret love interest?



Pshaw.

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#55

Only if it features a cover of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London" in the soundtrack! Hell, let's get One Direction or Bieber to sing it!

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#56

Stop this right now!



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#57
AI picked up the new 4K restoration this past Halloween and watched it after the trick-or-treaters were all more or less home; screening AMERICAN WEREWOLF on Halloween is tradition in my house.

Content-wise, this disc has the same features as the 2010 release, but holy god is the transfer stunning. Each time the film is released in a newer, sharper format, I worry that the effects will suffer, but the transformation actually improves with added detail. Just gorgeous.

One thing that caught me off guard is the over-application of DNR in a few shots, during which the crystal clear image becomes inexplicably blurry. It's...weird.
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