An American Werewolf in London

Two young American hitch-hikers sample British hospitality on the Yorkshire moors (temporary shelter is proffered at The Slaughtered Lamb pub), only to be savagely attacked. Naughton recuperates in London, marvelling at the best the NHS can provide in the form of nurse Agutter, but his deceased and decomposing pal Dunne keeps popping back to clue him up on what's in store come the full moon. The mix of horror and humour felt very fresh back in 1981, and many people retain affection for this sly, witty movie - most memorable for the trashing of Piccadilly Circus. In the cold light of day, it must be admitted that Landis leans too heavily on the shock effects provided by Rick Baker's lycanthropic transformation make-up.

Release details

Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Landis
Screenwriter: John Landis
Cast: David Naughton
Jenny Agutter
John Woodvine
Griffin Dunne
Don McKillop
Brian Glover
Lila Kaye
Rik Mayall
Frank Oz

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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jeremy S.

i love this movie! i was afraid of it for many years but i faced my fear and stole it from a video store which is no longer in business and its still to this day a movie favorite!

jeremy S.

i love this movie! i was afraid of it for many years but i faced my fear and stole it from a video store which is no longer in business and its still to this day a movie favorite!

Richard Freeman

Along with the yeti from the Dr Who story 'The Web of Fear', i allways think of 'American Werewol' when i'm on the underground, especialy the esculators! Great film.

Richard Freeman

Along with the yeti from the Dr Who story 'The Web of Fear', i allways think of 'American Werewol' when i'm on the underground, especialy the esculators! Great film.