An American Werewolf in London (Re-release)

Film, Horror
4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
It’d be interesting to see polling data on how many Brits recall John Landis’s hysterical gore-spattered masterpiece as that all-important rite of passage: their first 18. Well, the folks at the BBFC have ruined all that: in reclassifying the film, they’ve made all our childhoods seem that little bit less dangerous. Which is no reflection on the film: horror-comedy is overfamiliar nowadays, with diminishing returns, but this only makes Landis’s achievement more impressive. 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: the soundtrack is astounding, the characterisation is marvellous and the one-liners are endlessly memorable (‘a naked American man stole my balloons!’). A classic, no less.

By: Tom Huddleston



Release details

Release date:
Friday October 30 2009
107 mins

Cast and crew

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