Rent An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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1h 33min
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Synopsis:
American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
George Folsey Jr
Writers:
John Landis
Others:
Rick Baker
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Comedy, Horror
Awards:

1982 Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling

BBFC:
Release Date:
04/03/2002
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Actors Commentary
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Interview with John Landis
  • Interview with Rick Baker
  • Focus on Technical Effects
  • Storyboard to Film Comparison
  • Stills Gallery
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/09/2009
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French DTS 2.0 Mono, German DTS 2.0 Mono, Italian DTS 2.0 Mono, Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • I walked with a werewolf Hi Def featurette
  • Beware the moon feature-length documentary
  • Making an American werewolf in London, an original featurette
  • An interview with John Landis
  • Makeup artist Rick Baker on An American werewolf in London
  • Casting of the hand
  • Outtakes
  • Storyboards
  • Photograph montage
  • Feature commentary with cast members David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/03/2022
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary by Beware the Moon filmmaker Paul Davis
  • Audio commentary by actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
  • Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf, a feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more
  • An American Filmmaker in London, an interview with John Landis in which he reflects on British cinema and his time working in Britain
  • I Think He's a Jew: The Werewolf's Secret, a video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis' film explores Jewish identity
  • The Werewolf's Call, Corin Hardy, director of The Hallowand The Nun, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis' film
  • Wares of the Wolf, a featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artefacts from the film
  • Beware the Moon, Paul Davis' acclaimed, feature-length exploration of Landis' film which boasts extensive cast and crew interviews
  • An American Werewolf in Bob's Basement and Causing a Disturbance: Piccadilly Revisited, two 2008 featurettes filmed by Paul Davis
  • Making An American Werewolf in London, a short archival featurette on the film's production
  • An Interview with John Landis, a lengthy archival interview with the director about the film
  • Make-up Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London, the legendary make-up artist discusses his work on the film
  • I Walked with a Werewolf, an archival interview with Rick Baker about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films
  • Casting of the Hand, archival footage from Rick Baker's workshop showing the casting of David Naughton's hand
  • Outtakes
  • Storyboards featurette
  • Original trailer and teaser plus TV and radio spots
  • Extensive image gallery featuring over 200 stills, posters and other ephemera

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Reviews (2) of An American Werewolf in London

Quality Classic - An American Werewolf in London review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
01/03/2011

I hadn't seen this film for quite a few years and it didn't disappoint. The special effects still look good and although it probably won't be very scary to modern viewers it is certainly entertaining. There are good acting performances throughout and some great touches of humour thrown in for good measure.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Modern Classic - An American Werewolf in London review by GI

Spoiler Alert
17/06/2021

This remains a thoroughly entertaining and still very original horror comedy that, when initially released, was so innovative in it's story but specifically for it's special effects created by Rick Baker and it caused a new Oscar award to be created for make-up and effects. It is now a cult favourite and is still great fun and if you've never seen this don't be put off by the quirky title, that's deliberate, because this is a film that defies your expectations and will have you laughing one minute and gasping with shock in the next. Two American students David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are on a walking holiday in the north of England. Stopping at a local pub they are made to feel unwelcome by the locals and head off across the moors where they are attacked. Jack is killed and David is badly hurt. Recuperating in hospital David is told they were set upon by an escaped lunatic but plagued by strange nightmares and getting 'visits' from Jack he begins to doubt his sanity. His nurse Alex (Jenny Agutter) decides to help him. Director John Landis cleverly utilised pagan legends, cinematic monster myths and mixed them up with some really funny comedy to make a film that set a new standard and this film has been much imitated since. This is one of the key films of the '80s and even if you don't lean towards horror films you should check this one out because it's very different. A modern classic in fact.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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