An American Werewolf in London 35 Years Later

August 21, 1981

An American Werewolf in London…It has now been out for 35 years and to me, this movie is tops when it comes to the werewolf sub-genre.  In 1981, there must have been something in the air.  Werewolf movies were in, An American Werewolf in London, The Howling and Wolfen all released in 1981.

Without going full “review”, the story is kind of  a mind trip.  I love they used a different approach and it was all about the tortured werewolf curse.  The effects are some of the best for the time period, the transformation scene is easily the best of any werewolf movie.  The characters are likeable, which always makes the story work.  Watching Jack decompose throughout the movie is a great and I love how he tells David, the werewolf, as long as the bloodline of the werewolf that attacked them survives, everyone he kills is stuck in limbo or living death.

Great movie I think everyone should see.  Where does it belong in the grand scheme of horror?  Does it have a place in the Top 100?  We will find out in October.

On a side note, my brother in-law loves this movie so much, he and his bride danced their first dance to…Van Morrison’s “Moondance”.

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I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)