History Film / AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon

6th Jun '16 8:54:31 AM Doug86
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''[=AWiL=]'' was not particularly successful in its initial run. Critics were reportedly confused about whether to regard it as a comedy film with horror elements or a horror film with comedy relief, though Landis himself regards it as entirely in the vein of the old Universal [[UniversalHorror monster films]] of the Forties. (There are also striking similarities between the Landis film and a 1941 British film, ''The Night Has Eyes,'' starring James Mason.) Since the Eighties, the film has [[VindicatedByHistory come back from the dead]] (so to speak) as a CultClassic. Naughton and Dunne handled their "buddy-body" banter excellently (the film really might have been entitled ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Lycanthropy]]''); Jenny Agutter as [[HospitalHottie sexy nurse]] Alex Price is supremely enticing; and the acting throughout is generally well-handled -- the characters come across as both interesting and sympathetic. It is true, however, that Landis does not seem quite to know what to do with such engaging characters; the initial parts of the film are both thrilling and funny, but about two-thirds of the way through, the plot seems to lose direction, and merely piles gory scene on gory scene in massive confusion until the film abruptly -- stops.

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''[=AWiL=]'' was not particularly successful in its initial run. Critics were reportedly confused about whether to regard it as a comedy film with horror elements or a horror film with comedy relief, though Landis himself regards it as entirely in the vein of the old Universal [[UniversalHorror [[Franchise/UniversalHorror monster films]] of the Forties. (There are also striking similarities between the Landis film and a 1941 British film, ''The Night Has Eyes,'' starring James Mason.) Since the Eighties, the film has [[VindicatedByHistory come back from the dead]] (so to speak) as a CultClassic. Naughton and Dunne handled their "buddy-body" banter excellently (the film really might have been entitled ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Lycanthropy]]''); Jenny Agutter as [[HospitalHottie sexy nurse]] Alex Price is supremely enticing; and the acting throughout is generally well-handled -- the characters come across as both interesting and sympathetic. It is true, however, that Landis does not seem quite to know what to do with such engaging characters; the initial parts of the film are both thrilling and funny, but about two-thirds of the way through, the plot seems to lose direction, and merely piles gory scene on gory scene in massive confusion until the film abruptly -- stops.
29th May '16 12:51:11 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* NoEnding: Played with. David is dead, the police look on in disbelief as Alex grieves over his riddled body, cut to end credits.
6th Apr '16 3:03:01 AM Shadowgazer
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* BigBad: The plot is driven by David Kessler's lycanthropy.
4th Mar '16 10:28:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground: Where Gerald Bringsley has an unfortunate encounter.
27th Dec '15 11:32:03 PM TitoMosquito
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* AteHisGun: One of the ghosts in the porn theater suggests this to David.

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* AteHisGun: One of the ghosts David and Jack's victims in the porn theater suggests this to David.



* CatScare: Out on the moors, David and Jack are being stalked by the werewolf. They run away, but suddenly David falls...revealing nothing knocked him over. He'd just tripped. But when Jack moves to help him up, the werewolf attacks.

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* CatScare: Out on the moors, David and Jack are being stalked by the werewolf. They run away, but suddenly David falls...revealing nothing knocked him over. He'd just tripped. Both of them got a good laugh at this. But when Jack moves to help him up, the werewolf attacks.



* EvilFeelsGood: David awakens from his first transformation feeling fantastic and re-energized. Until he learns about the 6 people who were murdered, that is...

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* EvilFeelsGood: David awakens from his first transformation feeling fantastic and re-energized.re-energized, thinking he's just going crazy. Until he learns about the 6 people who were murdered, that is...
27th Dec '15 11:17:04 PM TitoMosquito
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* AteHisGun: One of the ghosts in the porn theater suggests this to David.
22nd Dec '15 5:45:31 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ProtagonistTitle
17th Dec '15 9:01:44 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* JobTitle: Referring to David's lycanthropy



* ProtagonistTitle: David is the American werewolf.
14th Dec '15 10:22:56 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ProtagonistTitle: David is the American werewolf.
20th Nov '15 1:52:08 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: The plot is driven by David Kessler's lycanthropy.
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