An American Werewolf in London movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Surprisingly, there actually is! An American Werewolf in London is an engaging horror-comedy for older teens and up. However, this werewolf tale is not for kids.


David and Jack are two American tourists walking through Britain when they are unexpectedly attacked by a werewolf. However, the locals deny any knowledge of the werewolf and he transforms into the creature under the full moon.

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Movie details

Director: John Landis
Cast: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine
Writer: John Landis
Release Date (Australia): 8 April 1982
Runtime: 97 minutes/1h 37m
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Country: UK, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains references to suicide, as well as horror themes that include several sequences in which a man transforms into a werewolf.

Violence (MA15+)

There are depictions of werewolf attacks, stabbings, decapitations and throat slittings, accompanied by large amounts of blood and injury detail.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains several uses of “f**k” and “s**t” language, as well as a use of “c**t” language.

Nudity (M)

The film contains male full frontal and buttocks nudity, in addition to breasts nudity during a sex scene and a pornographic film.

Sex (MA15+)

The film features a strong sex scene and a pornographic film.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It snatches the stereotypical design of humans transforming into werewolves under the full moon, and shapes it as a funny, bloody and pumping horror comedy. An American Werewolf in London involves a simply loveable cast of David Naughton and Jenny Agutter, alongside John Landis behind the camera. Overall, it’s just a load of splendid, gory fun that manages to combine perfectly with super-clever ideas.

The plot definitely lives up to being one of history’s greatest werewolf features, but is a must-watch for comedy-horror audiences. John Landis can stunningly portray the painful procedure of the side-effects after being attacked by a wolf in a fantastical tale. The slow process is unquestionably quite unhurried, but is worth a good laugh and classic werewolf material.

Towards the finishing, it really shifts and turns and becomes more gripping. This is mainly due to the decent amount of humour, but An American Werewolf in London will never fail to terrify. This werewolf horror-comedy rises to just the right level of intensity, gore and comedy.

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