Movie: 'An American Werewolf in London'
Release Date: August 21, 1981
How It Got Made: John Landis' 'An American Werewolf in London' was just one of three big werewolf movies released in 1981, but it may have been the one with the most far-reaching impact. Much of the credit goes to Rick Baker, the makeup and special-effects artist who created one of the most terrifying werewolf transformations ever, a sequence so impressive it inspired the Academy to initiate a Best Makeup category at the Oscars. The film would also serve as a template for horror comedies to come, as well as for Michael Jackson's celebrated 'Thriller' video, which saw Landis and Baker expand upon their ghoulish innovations from 'American Werewolf.'