An American Werewolf In London (1981)

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

An American Werewolf In London (1981)

  • Directed by John Landis
  • Starring David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, David Schofield, Rik Mayall
  • UK | USA | 97mins | 1981 | rated (15)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1h 37m

This classic horror-comedy is back for a hair-raising Halloween night treat!

Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis' horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker's astounding make-up effects.

Two American backpackers from New York, David Kessler (David Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne), are hiking across the Yorkshire moors. As night falls, they stop at a local pub, the Slaughtered Lamb. When the other pub-goers become hostile the pair decide to leave but not before they are given a warning: ‘Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors’ and ‘Beware the moon’.

Irreverent of such advice - as characters in horror films always are! - the two decide to find a short cut...

Three weeks later David wakes up in a London hospital, in the care of Nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter). When interviewed by police Inspector Villiers, David is told that he and Jack were attacked by an escaped lunatic. Unable to believe this version of events David is visited by the freshly deceased and rapidly decomposing Jack who has another warning for David.

The best movie ever written by a teenager - Landis was just 19 when he penned the first draft - and it’s still a constant comic delight.