History Film / AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon

15th May '18 12:21:54 PM x_countryguy
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* AdvertisingByAssociation: The poster for the film proclaimed "From the director of ''Film/AnimalHouse''...[[SomethingCompletelyDifferent A different kind of animal]]."
* AllJustADream: The nightmare sequence is actually a parody of this, in that [[spoiler: David has a horrific dream, then wakes up and believes everything is fine... [[DreamWithinADream until a creature comes from the curtains and stabs the nurse!]] Then he wakes up again, exclaiming "Holy Shit!"]].

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* AdvertisingByAssociation: The poster for the film proclaimed "From the director of ''Film/AnimalHouse''... [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent A different kind of animal]]."
* AllJustADream: The nightmare sequence is actually a parody of this, in that [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David has a horrific dream, then wakes up and believes everything is fine... [[DreamWithinADream until a creature comes from the curtains and stabs the nurse!]] Then he wakes up again, exclaiming "Holy Shit!"]].



* TheEndOrIsIt: Despite David [[spoiler: being killed in the end]], there is still the very distinct possibility that he wound up impregnating Alex during their night of passion together, and if that is the case, it will mean that the child will be born with David's lycanthropic blood in their veins and will eventually become a werewolf themselves, which makes the DownerEnding infinitely more sad to think about, as it makes David's [[spoiler: death]] all for naught, as the werewolf bloodline continues to live on in his unborn son/daughter, which would leave Jack and all the people he killed still trapped in limbo, and leaves Alex in the terrible, unenviable position of having to deal with their lycanthropic child on her own. Or maybe, just maybe, lycanthropy works like it does in ''Webcomic/PeterIsTheWolf'' and Alex will learn first-hand what David went through the following month.

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* TheEndOrIsIt: Despite David [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being killed in the end]], there is still the very distinct possibility that he wound up impregnating Alex during their night of passion together, and if that is the case, it will mean that the child will be born with David's lycanthropic blood in their veins and will eventually become a werewolf themselves, which makes the DownerEnding infinitely more sad to think about, as it makes David's [[spoiler: death]] [[spoiler:death]] all for naught, as the werewolf bloodline continues to live on in his unborn son/daughter, which would leave Jack and all the people he killed still trapped in limbo, and leaves Alex in the terrible, unenviable position of having to deal with their lycanthropic child on her own. Or maybe, just maybe, lycanthropy works like it does in ''Webcomic/PeterIsTheWolf'' and Alex will learn first-hand what David went through the following month.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Jack and David's many victims who are doomed to prowl the earth in limbo, their corpses rotting away until the werewolf's bloodline is destroyed.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: FateWorseThanDeath:
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Jack and David's many victims who are doomed to prowl the earth in limbo, their corpses rotting away until the werewolf's bloodline is destroyed.



-->"A naked American man stole my balloons."

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-->"A -->A naked American man stole my balloons."



* HopeSpot: The three seconds where it ''looks'' like [[spoiler: Alex is about to save the day with ThePowerOfLove, or at least be the one to mercy kill him, as he hinted at earlier in the film. Instead, he lunges at her and gets gunned down by the police.]]

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* HopeSpot: The three seconds where it ''looks'' like [[spoiler: Alex [[spoiler:Alex is about to save the day with ThePowerOfLove, or at least be the one to mercy kill him, as he hinted at earlier in the film. Instead, he lunges at her and gets gunned down by the police.]]



--> '''David''': Aren't you gonna say 'I told you so?'\\
'''Jack''': If I was still alive, I probably would[[{{Beat}} ...]][[ByNoIMeanYes but I did tell you so,]] you schmuck.
* IdiotBall: David and Jack really don't have any reason to leave the road in the first place. They're already travelling in the dark, in a strange area with no real idea of where they're going. Why would they just wander into the moors at night, after being warned ''several'' times by the locals (however sketchy they were) that it's dangerous? As a result, they quickly get lost - [[FromBadToWorse and it just gets worse from there.]]

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--> '''David''': -->'''David:''' Aren't you gonna say 'I told you so?'\\
'''Jack''': '''Jack:''' If I was still alive, I probably would[[{{Beat}} ...]][[ByNoIMeanYes but I did tell you so,]] you schmuck.
* IdiotBall: IdiotBall:
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David and Jack really don't have any reason to leave the road in the first place. They're already travelling in the dark, in a strange area with no real idea of where they're going. Why would they just wander into the moors at night, after being warned ''several'' times by the locals (however sketchy they were) that it's dangerous? As a result, they quickly get lost - [[FromBadToWorse and it just gets worse from there.]]



* MultipleGunshotDeath: [[spoiler: "Werewolf" does not equal "bulletproof", apparently.]]

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* MultipleGunshotDeath: [[spoiler: "Werewolf" [[spoiler:"Werewolf" does not equal "bulletproof", apparently.]]



* NoEnding: Played with. [[spoiler: David is dead]], the police look on in disbelief as Alex grieves over [[spoiler: his riddled body]], cut to end credits.

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* NoEnding: Played with. [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David is dead]], the police look on in disbelief as Alex grieves over [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his riddled body]], cut to end credits.



* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The werewolf in this film is a definitely quadrupedal, over-sized animal, looking rather like a Huskie that has swallowed a large barrel, with limbs set more like a crocodile's than a wolf's; moreover, it has a howl like a train-whistle. Oh, and while Jack ambiguously dismisses the concept of a silver bullet, riddling the werewolf's body with regular gunfire seems to work just fine, as shown by the werewolf at the beginnining [[spoiler: and David at the end.]]

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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The werewolf in this film is a definitely quadrupedal, over-sized animal, looking rather like a Huskie that has swallowed a large barrel, with limbs set more like a crocodile's than a wolf's; moreover, it has a howl like a train-whistle. Oh, and while Jack ambiguously dismisses the concept of a silver bullet, riddling the werewolf's body with regular gunfire seems to work just fine, as shown by the werewolf at the beginnining [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and David at the end.]]



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted to an impressive degree. While the police have a (somewhat understandable) level of disbelief when David tells them about the werewolf that's killing all those people, when the gruesome murders in the porno theater completely destroy any possibility of denial, the police react extremely professional, immediately bolting the fuck out of there, locking down the building, holding the door closed with their bodies en masse, and yelling at the public to get away, not that [[TooDumbToLive the public listens.]] They also [[spoiler: actually ''succeed'' in stopping the werewolf via MultipleGunShotDeath.]]

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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted to an impressive degree. While the police have a (somewhat understandable) level of disbelief when David tells them about the werewolf that's killing all those people, when the gruesome murders in the porno theater completely destroy any possibility of denial, the police react extremely professional, immediately bolting the fuck out of there, locking down the building, holding the door closed with their bodies en masse, and yelling at the public to get away, not that [[TooDumbToLive the public listens.]] They also [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually ''succeed'' in stopping the werewolf via MultipleGunShotDeath.]]



---> '''David:''' [[Literature/SherlockHolmes The Hound of the Baskervilles]]?
---> '''Jack:''' [[Disney/MelodyTime Pecos Bill]]?
---> '''David:''' [[Literature/WutheringHeights Heathcliff]].
---> '''Jack:''' Heathcliff didn't howl.
---> '''David:''' No, but he was on the moors.

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---> '''David:''' --->'''David:''' [[Literature/SherlockHolmes The Hound of the Baskervilles]]?
--->
Baskervilles]]?\\
'''Jack:''' [[Disney/MelodyTime Pecos Bill]]?
--->
Bill]]?\\
'''David:''' [[Literature/WutheringHeights Heathcliff]].
--->
Heathcliff]].\\
'''Jack:''' Heathcliff didn't howl.
--->
howl.\\
'''David:''' No, but he was on the moors.



* SilverBullet: Averted, and mocked. When David is advised by his victims to kill himself, he asks, "Don't I need a silver bullet?", whereupon Jack tartly replies, "Oh, be serious!" [[spoiler: ''Regular'' bullets, however, seem to work just fine, at least in the volume of [[MoreDakka half a dozen at once or so.]]]]

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* SilverBullet: Averted, and mocked. When David is advised by his victims to kill himself, he asks, "Don't I need a silver bullet?", whereupon Jack tartly replies, "Oh, be serious!" [[spoiler: ''Regular'' [[spoiler:''Regular'' bullets, however, seem to work just fine, at least in the volume of [[MoreDakka half a dozen at once or so.]]]]



* YouHaveToBelieveMe: First, Jack tries to get David to believe him: "Goddammit, David, please believe me! You'll kill and make others like me! I'm not having a nice time here." Later David tries the same with Alex and others.

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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: YouHaveToBelieveMe:
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First, Jack tries to get David to believe him: "Goddammit, David, please believe me! You'll kill and make others like me! I'm not having a nice time here." Later David tries the same with Alex and others.
12th Apr '18 12:55:48 AM PaulA
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* RememberTheAlamo: "''I'' remember ''Film/TheAlamo''. I saw it once in London -- in Leicester Square."

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* RememberTheAlamo: "''I'' remember ''Film/TheAlamo''.''Film/{{The Alamo|1960}}''. I saw it once in London -- in Leicester Square." "
16th Mar '18 10:08:48 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* GenreSavvy: A big part of the film's effectiveness is that David and Jack aren't the usual [[TooDumbToLive brain-dead evolutionary failures]] of the monster movie genre before or since, they're intelligent enough to ask pertinent questions, joke about common werewolf movie tropes, and when they ''do'' realize that they've screw up, they react with an [[OhCrap appropriate]], yet non-hysterical level of panic. Which it makes all the more relatable and scary when this saves neither of them.
** The cops actually qualify for this, while they dismiss David's warnings at the beginning, when a live animal is tearing people to shreds in public, they try and lock down the building and get civilians to safety, and when that fails, resort to the tactic of [[MoreDakka shooting it a whole bumload of times]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies it]] [[DownerEnding works.]]]]
3rd Mar '18 11:25:44 AM nombretomado
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''[=AWiL=]'' has infuriated some Britons, particularly [[OopNorth Northerners]], with its somewhat cartoonish and stereotypical depictions of life in the UK; it is possible that this was a deliberate echoing on Landis's part of the sketchily-researched versions of Britain found in the UniversalHorror cycles of the Thirties and Forties.

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''[=AWiL=]'' has infuriated some Britons, particularly [[OopNorth Northerners]], with its somewhat cartoonish and stereotypical depictions of life in the UK; it is possible that this was a deliberate echoing on Landis's part of the sketchily-researched versions of Britain found in the UniversalHorror Franchise/UniversalHorror cycles of the Thirties and Forties.
11th Feb '18 8:22:51 PM nombretomado
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* TheEndOrIsIt: Despite David [[spoiler: being killed in the end]], there is still the very distinct possibility that he wound up impregnating Alex during their night of passion together, and if that is the case, it will mean that the child will be born with David's lycanthropic blood in their veins and will eventually become a werewolf themselves, which makes the DownerEnding infinitely more sad to think about, as it makes David's [[spoiler: death]] all for naught, as the werewolf bloodline continues to live on in his unborn son/daughter, which would leave Jack and all the people he killed still trapped in limbo, and leaves Alex in the terrible, unenviable position of having to deal with their lycanthropic child on her own. Or maybe, just maybe, lycanthropy works like it does in [[PeterIsTheWolf Peter is The Wolf]] and Alex will learn first-hand what David went through the following month.

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* TheEndOrIsIt: Despite David [[spoiler: being killed in the end]], there is still the very distinct possibility that he wound up impregnating Alex during their night of passion together, and if that is the case, it will mean that the child will be born with David's lycanthropic blood in their veins and will eventually become a werewolf themselves, which makes the DownerEnding infinitely more sad to think about, as it makes David's [[spoiler: death]] all for naught, as the werewolf bloodline continues to live on in his unborn son/daughter, which would leave Jack and all the people he killed still trapped in limbo, and leaves Alex in the terrible, unenviable position of having to deal with their lycanthropic child on her own. Or maybe, just maybe, lycanthropy works like it does in [[PeterIsTheWolf Peter is The Wolf]] ''Webcomic/PeterIsTheWolf'' and Alex will learn first-hand what David went through the following month.
31st Dec '17 12:11:15 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* MultipleGunshotDeath: [[spoiled: "Werewolf" does not equal "bulletproof", apparently.]]

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* MultipleGunshotDeath: [[spoiled: [[spoiler: "Werewolf" does not equal "bulletproof", apparently.]]
31st Dec '17 11:00:17 AM smasll_lordvoice
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** The cops actually qualify for this, while they dismiss David's warnings at the beginning, when a live animal is tearing people to shreds in public, they try and lock down the building and get civilians to safety, and when that fails, resort to the tactic of [[MoreDakka shooting it a whole bumload of times]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies It]] [[DownerEnding works.]]]]

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** The cops actually qualify for this, while they dismiss David's warnings at the beginning, when a live animal is tearing people to shreds in public, they try and lock down the building and get civilians to safety, and when that fails, resort to the tactic of [[MoreDakka shooting it a whole bumload of times]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies It]] it]] [[DownerEnding works.]]]]
31st Dec '17 10:59:25 AM smasll_lordvoice
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** The cops actually qualify for this, while they dismiss David's warnings at the beginning, when a live animal is tearing people to shreds in public, they try and lock down the building and get civilians to safety, and when that fails, resort to the tactic of [[MoreDakka shooting it a whole bumload of times]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler: [[TheHeroDies It]] [[DownerEnding works.]]]]



* ImmuneToBullets: [[spoiler:[[MultipleGunShotDeath Averted.]]]]



* MultipleGunshotDeath: [[spoiled: "Werewolf" does not equal "bulletproof", apparently.]]



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted to an impressive degree. While the police have a (somewhat understandable) level of disbelief when David tells them about the werewolf that's killing all those people, when the gruesome murders in the porno theater completely destroy any possibility of denial, the police react extremely professional, immediately bolting the fuck out of there, locking down the building, holding the door closed with their bodies en masse, and yelling at the public to get away, not that [[TooDumbToLive the public listens.]] They also [[spoiler: actually ''succeed'' in stopping the werewolf via a half-dozen cops opening fire onto it.]]

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* PoliceAreUseless: Averted to an impressive degree. While the police have a (somewhat understandable) level of disbelief when David tells them about the werewolf that's killing all those people, when the gruesome murders in the porno theater completely destroy any possibility of denial, the police react extremely professional, immediately bolting the fuck out of there, locking down the building, holding the door closed with their bodies en masse, and yelling at the public to get away, not that [[TooDumbToLive the public listens.]] They also [[spoiler: actually ''succeed'' in stopping the werewolf via a half-dozen cops opening fire onto it.MultipleGunShotDeath.]]
31st Dec '17 10:54:07 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* BehindTheBlack: A particularly absurd ([[TropesAreTools and yet effective]] example) when Jack and David are running from the werewolf, with the empty moors visible for several hundred yards around them in every direction and no cover to hide behind. When David falls, Jack moves to help him up, and at that moment the werewolf [[JumpScare smashes into Jack from screen-left]] out of ''nowhere''.



* JobTitle: Referring to David's lycanthropy

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** Townspeople, when a huge crowd of police are barely holding closed a huge metal door that is buckling and ''roaring'' despite their best efforts, do you listen to them yelling at you to get out of the way, or do you [[WhatAnIdiot cluster around the doors in a huge mob, screaming, and blocking more police officers from coming to help?]]
* JobTitle: Referring Well, ''disease'' title, referring to David's lycanthropylycanthropy.
* JumpScare: Griffin Dunne and David Naughton are running. Naughton falls down. Dunne goes to help him up. Cue werewolf attack from BehindTheBlack.



* OffWithHisHead: Bye bye, Mr. police inspector.



* PoliceAreUseless: Averted to an impressive degree. While the police have a (somewhat understandable) level of disbelief when David tells them about the werewolf that's killing all those people, when the gruesome murders in the porno theater completely destroy any possibility of denial, the police react extremely professional, immediately bolting the fuck out of there, locking down the building, holding the door closed with their bodies en masse, and yelling at the public to get away, not that [[TooDumbToLive the public listens.]] They also [[spoiler: actually ''succeed'' in stopping the werewolf via a half-dozen cops opening fire onto it.]]



* SilverBullet: Averted, and mocked. When David is advised by his victims to kill himself, he asks, "Don't I need a silver bullet?", whereupon Jack tartly replies, "Oh, be serious!" [[spoiler: ''Regular'' bullets, however, seem to work just fine, at least in the volume of [[MoreDakka several hundred at a time or so.]]]]

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* SilverBullet: Averted, and mocked. When David is advised by his victims to kill himself, he asks, "Don't I need a silver bullet?", whereupon Jack tartly replies, "Oh, be serious!" [[spoiler: ''Regular'' bullets, however, seem to work just fine, at least in the volume of [[MoreDakka several hundred half a dozen at a time once or so.]]]]
31st Dec '17 10:22:43 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* GenreSavvy: A big part of the film's effectiveness is that David and Jack aren't the usual [[TooDumbToLive brain-dead evolutionary failures]] of the monster movie genre before or since, they're intelligent enough to ask pertinent questions, joke about common werewolf movie tropes, and when they ''do'' realize that they've screw up, they react with an [[OhCrap appropriate]], yet non-hysterical level of panic. Which it makes all the more relatable and scary when this saves neither of them.
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