#23 – An American Werewolf in London
Director: John Landis
“Beware the moon”
Director John Landis creates such a piece of high-quality work with this film, that beautifully mixes comedy with horror and a tuch of romance, and somehow makes the three work together in perfect harmony without corrupting each other. There is so much iconic brilliance going on in this film, that it is hard to decide where to start. David Naughton stars in this double fish-out-of-water story, not alone is he alone in a foreign country, he also finds him self in a foreign body, when he is turned in to a werewolf by surviving a werewolf attack. Naughton gives a top performance, and we really sympathise with his struggle, as he juggles with a feeling of loosing his mind, morning his dead friend, falling in love and getting to grips with his inevitable death, witch can be the only outcome of being a werewolf. Naughton manages all these layers to perfection, and the famous transformation scene really gets under your skin, and is without a doubt, one of the best special effects scenes ever made. The horror scenes are horrific as hell – and Landis manages to ace both suspense and blood’n’gore, in all the amazing killing scenes – most notably the incredible underground killing scene, still gets my heart pumping every time. The dream sequences, and talking to the un-dead moments in the movie are also worth mentioning. Griffen Dunne laid-back un-dead character is hilarious, and strangely horrifying at the same time. The double dream sequence, with the family killing Nazi-pigs is totally out of this world bat shit crazy, and the fact that it continues in another dream is so surprising and unexpected and a total touch of genius. A truly original movie, that gives the three genres a pleasant twist in directions they haven’t been before (or since), and does so without making the whole thing feel like a parody of something else, or itself. And once again, an extra point for the physical effect and the power of the real thing, apposed to some kind of computer rubbish. My favourite werewolf movie of all time by far – even though werewolf movies not really are my cup of tea, this awesome film is one of a kind, and well worth a watch.