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Chris Nashawaty
September 02, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

An American Werewolf in London

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
performer
Griffin Dunne, David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Paul Kember, Don McKillop, John Woodvine
director
John Landis
Producers
American Werewolf, Inc., Lyncanthrope Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
distributor
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Universal
author
John Landis
genre
Horror, Comedy

We gave it an A-

Many werewolf movies came before it and even more have been made since, but John Landis’ giddy, gory 1981 horror comedy An American Werewolf in London remains the lycanthropic gold standard. Two smart-ass American backpackers wander the northern English moors during a full moon. One (Griffin Dunne) is clawed to ribbons; the other (David Naughton) survives, but with a bloodthirsty curse. Ironically, now that digital F/X can spin anything into eye candy, Rick Baker’s old-school makeup gags look more impressive than ever. EXTRAS on the two-disc set include a fantastic new 100-minute retrospective. A?

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