Creator: John Landis
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
- The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
- Animal House (1978)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- An American Werewolf in London (1981)
- Trading Places (1983)
- Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), first segment)
- Into the Night (1985)
- Spies Like Us (1985)
- íThree Amigos! (1986)
- Coming to America (1988)
- Oscar (1991)
- Innocent Blood (1992)
- Beverly Hills Cop III (1994)
- The Stupids (1996)
- Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
- Burke and Hare (2010)
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.