Recent reviews have focused on zombies depicted in horror films. But before there were zombies, there were werewolves. The 1935 movie “Werewolf of London” is usually considered the first werewolf movie. Similarly titled, “An American Werewolf in London” was released in 1981.
It stars David Naughton as David Kessler. One evening, David and his friend Jack Goodman (played by Griffin Dunne) are attacked by a werewolf. Jack dies, and David wakes up in the hospital a few weeks later. While he is at the hospital, he meets and falls in love with Nurse Alex Price (played Jenny Agutter). Shortly before his release from the hospital, David is warned by Jack’s ghost that he will turn into a werewolf the next evening of a full moon. He is advised to kill himself, but he does not and on the night of the full moon, he becomes a wolf.
The special effects in this film are first rate. One of the most memorable scenes is when David first turns into a wolf.
The movie is well directed by John Landis. He does a good job incorporating music. For example, shortly before David’s first wolf transformation, the song “Bad Moon Rising” plays. There are several other songs that play throughout the film that have the word moon in the title. Landis also makes excellent use of London as a setting; it is better suited to werewolf mischief than any American city.
Overall, this is one of the best werewolf films ever made. It should be seen by anyone who enjoys horror movies.
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