13. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Date First Watched: 20/10/2007
Date Last Watched: 9/08/2011
# Viewings: 3

Holy fecking feck this movie is just so damn fecking amazing, I loved it even more this time around and it’s already my fecking 13th favourite movie. What makes this film stand out from most horror-comedies is that the blending of the two is seamless. The horror doesn’t exist without the humour, and the humour doesn’t exist without the horror and neither take away from the other. I actually tend to like horror comedies, but this works on a completely different level.

The cast is excellent, with all characters likable. I never liked Jenny Agutter’s character before but this time I did. It’s a bit annoying that Jack is the most interesting character and the banter between Jack and David is fun to watch, but it doesn’t last very long. Great cinematography and the music is amazing. It also boasts the greatest special effects in the history of cinema, Jurassic Park is a close second, but goddamn that transformation scene is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. One thing I tend to like about werewolf movies (more than say, vampire movies) is that it’s rarely possible to glorify lycanthropy and the more painful the transformation, the more I’m going to like it (The Beast Within also has a pretty cool transformation scene, but the rest of the film is so-so). But seriously holy feck that transformation scene jesus christ, I got chills.

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