An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R   |    |  Comedy, Horror

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Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

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  • John Landis at an event for An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  • David Naughton in An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  • David Naughton in An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  • David Naughton in An American Werewolf in London (1981)
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  • John Landis in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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John Landis


John Landis

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John Landis stated in an interview his inspiration for the film "was the old 1940s horror movie, The Wolf Man (1941), starring Lon Chaney Jr. in which-unusually the werewolf was portrayed as a victim, films tend to show the transformation from man to wolf through dissolves, but i wanted to capture how painful the entire process would be-and make it painful to watch. Although the film did have alot of comedy, i wanted to treat the violence realistically to make it as terrible as violence always is".


Truck Driver: That way is Proctor, and over here is the moors. I go this way.
Jack: Thanks for the ride, sir. You have lovely sheep.
Truck Driver: Boys, keep off the moors, stick to the roads. The best to ya...
David: Thanks again.
David: We'll miss you.
David: Bye girls...


It would seem extreme to take a badly injured patient all the way from Yorkshire to London - a journey of some 200 miles - when St James' Hospital in Leeds would be a lot closer. That is, unless the parents requested their son be taken to a hospital in London, due to ignorance of UK geography or assuming a hospital in the capital would provide the best treatment. Either that, or the locals felt it would be much safer to get David as far away from them as possible.

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All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living, dead, or undead, is purely coincidental.

Alternate Versions

Due to a mastering error, the second Region 2 DVD (the 2-Disc Special Edition) has been edited to remove the scene where David calls home and speaks to his sister just before he attempts to cut his wrists with a pen knife

  • All earlier releases of the film including the initial 2-disc 21st Anniversary Edition are uncut. Universal Studios issued a statement saying that they will remove all affected stock and issue replacement discs. All Blu-ray releases are complete and uncut


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Music by
Richard Rodgers (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart (uncredited)
Performed by Sam Cooke
Courtesy of R.C.A. Records


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Comedy | Horror

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