Film: An American Werewolf in Paris
"It took me four years on a stairmaster to get a package like this. You ripped through it like a lamb chop!"An American Werewolf in Paris is a spin-off of An American Werewolf in London that was released to lukewarm reviews (at best) in 1997. It includes some of the elements of its predecessor, such as attempts at lighthearted humor and having a werewolf's victims appear as mutilated ghosts. What it lacks, and what caused many reviewers to complain, are the brutal yet enthralling make-up effects of the first movie, which have been replaced with a heavy dose of CGI.The story is centered on Andy McDermott (Tom Everett Scott), an American student who is traveling in Europe with his two friends when he falls in love with a French girl named Serafine (Julie Delpy), after saving her life during her suicide attempt. He tracks her down in attempt to
— Amy Fitch, newly risen as a zombie
An American Werewolf in Paris provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Serafine's condition means that she can throw a guy halfway across a café in human form. And when she transforms, well....
- Big Bad: Claude.
- Death by Sex: Andy hooks up with Amy, and the two are having sex— in a cemetery, no less— when Andy transforms into a werewolf for the first time and kills her.
- Fanservice: You can catch a glimpse of Serafine's breasts during her first transformation scene. The filmmakers decided that was too subtle though, so she rips her shirt off shortly thereafter to make sure everyone got a damn good look at her goods.
- Impending Doom P.O.V.: The werewolf vision, which is in infrared.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: American werewolves in Europe are literally haunted by the people they kill, as well as by anyone close to them who was killed by a werewolf. They are essentially ghosts, whose bodies look identical to the mutilated state of their physical forms, and likewise tend to decay over time. They cannot rest until the werewolf that killed them is slain.
- Apparently, it is possible for an afflicted werewolf to cure his or herself— all they need to do is eat the heart of the werewolf that killed them. This also cures anyone else who was infected by that werewolf.
- Psycho Serum: The serum that Serafine's stepfather created was his attempt to synthesize a medication that would prevent her from turning into a werewolf. Instead, it caused her to transform instantly, and rip his legs off.
- The Reveal: Serafine didn't bite Andy. Claude did.
- The Social Darwinist: Claude gives a speech saying he hates institutions like hospitals and charities because their only purpose is to extend the lives of the weak, in turn weakening the human race as a whole. Combined with Fantastic Racism, he also considers werewolves like himself to be superior than ordinary humans.
- Transformation Sequence: Has plenty of them, but the Painful Transformation found in most other werewolf movies is averted.
- Unconventional Smoothie: Using human hearts.
- Werewolves Own Night Clubs
- We Can Rule Together: When the werewolves running the nightclub scheme learn that Andy is one of them, they offer him the chance to join them.