DVD 97 mins IMDB 7.3 (10,378 votes)
An American Werewolf in London - Collector's Edition
Universal Studios (1981)
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Comedy, Horror, Romance, Thriller
USA  /  English

David Naughton David Kessler
Jenny Agutter Nurse Alex Price
Griffin Dunne Jack Goodman
John Woodvine Dr. Hirsch
Lila Kaye Barmaid
Joe Belcher Truck Driver
David Schofield Dart Player
Brian Glover Chess Player
Rik Mayall 2nd Chess Player
Sean Baker 2nd Dart Player
Paul Kernber Sgt. McManus
Don McKillop Inspector Villiers
Frank Oz Mr. Collins
Paddy Ryan First Werewolf
Anne-Marie Davies Nurse Susan Gallagher
Paul Kember Sergeant McManus

Director John Landis
Producer Goerge Folsey Jr.; George Folsey Jr.
Writer John Landis
Cinematography Robert Paynter
Musician Elmer Bernstein
User Credit 1 Malcolm Campbell
User Credit 2 Deborah Nadoolman

While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint pub with a mysterious patronage who warn them not to leave the road when walking after dark. Irreverent of such advice as characters in horror films always are, the two decide to find a short cut...David wakes up in the hospital with a nasty bite wound to his shoulder; the freshly deceased, and rapidly decomposing, Jack arrives soon after to deliver the grim news that, unless he commits suicide, David will become a werewolf when the moon is full. David dismisses the encounter as a hallucination, but all indicators point to lycanthrope; evenings of barking and bloodletting follow closely behind. While the story is thin and much of the tongue-in-cheek humor is overdone, there are plenty of genuine jolts thanks to make-up guru Rick Baker's eye-popping special effects. The werewolf, resembling a cross between a bear and a wolverine, appears frighteningly real, and, given the fantastic premise, the gore is most convincing (although surprisingly and refreshingly scant). The hospital dream sequences are creative, and the scenes in which the werewolf runs rampant through downtown London are particularly good. In all, An American Werewolf in London is an original, atmospheric film that manages both to scare and amuse. While dismissed by most American critics upon its release, the film managed to secure a place in the annals of American cinema when Baker won an Academy Award for his amazing effects and creature designs. — Jeremy Beday

Edition Details
Barcode 025192121920
Region Region 1
Chapters 20
Release Date 9/2/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned DTS Surround Sound Widescreen
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User Text 2 From the director of Animal House -- a different kind of animal
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1981 - Winner - Academy Best Makeup Rick Baker