See you next Wednesday.
Director known for a series of excellent comedies and horror movies, as well as two music videos for Michael Jackson
, "Thriller" and "Black or White". He directed Animal House
, The Blues Brothers
, An American Werewolf in London
, Trading Places
, Spies Like Us
, íThree Amigos!
, Coming to America
, Innocent Blood
and most recently Burke and Hare
. He also developed and produced Clue
, the All-Star Cast
mystery/comedy based on the popular board game
He is also controversially known for taking part in the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie
, because actor Vic Morrow and two (illegally employed) child actors died during the filming of Landis' segment
when a helicopter stunt went horrifically awry. Despite all the evidence against him, Landis was acquitted of manslaughter charges, making him something of a real life Karma Houdini
. Beyond this is he is also known for being something of a bully towards his crews, something Chevy Chase
, of all people, called him out on.
He is also the father of Max Landis
, also a Director.
Films directed by John Landis
His works provide examples of:
- Author Appeal:
- Loves to include other directors in cameo roles in his films. Animal House is his only movie which lacks this feature.
- Classic music. After The Blues Brothers, Landis has been able to work with pretty much any musician he's wanted to, leading to lots of musician cameos in his films too.
- The "Visit Universal Studios. (Ask for Babs)" end card that often appears at the end of his films.
- Working in an appearance of the phrase "See you next Wednesday".
- Production Posse: Although he's worked with a lot of different actors over the years, certain faces do keep popping up:
- Dan Aykroyd: The Blues Brothers, Blues Brothers 2000, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Trading Places, Into the Night, Spies Like Us
- John Belushi: Animal House, The Blues Brothers
- Pete Riegert: Animal House, Oscar
- Mark Metcalf: Animal House, The Stupids, Oscar
- Eddie Murphy: Trading Places, Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cop III
- Henry Gibson: The Blues Brothers, Kentucky Fried Movie
- Video Credits: Obviously fond of this trope as he used it several times.