• An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London

Release Date: 1981

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 1997

R |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he's plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.

Cast: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Brian Glover, David Schofield, Lila Kaye, Paul Kember

Director: John Landis

Genres: Comedy , Horror

Production Co: Guber-Peters Company, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Keywords: Murder, Hospital, Doctor, Witty, 1980s, London

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Kim NewmanEmpire

    Carnivorous lunar activities rarely come any more entertaining than this. show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character development, or an ending. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The transformation sequences on their own are disturbing enough to upset sensitive viewers (even though the first one doesn't occur until an hour into the 97 minute film, making the first two-thirds of the movie relatively tame, with the exception of a few appearances by Jack, who looks like a "walking meatloaf"). show more

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