“AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON”
Laughter and Terror
David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are American tourists who are attacked by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David wakes up in a London hospital where he learns that Jack is friend dead and his life is in quite a mess. When he leaves the hospital he goes a beautiful nurse’s (Jenny Agutter) home to recuperate but he soon experiences changes to his mind and body and undergoes a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital.
Jim Landis, the director, has insisted that this is not a comedy even though it had audiences howling with laughter. Audiences also recoiled in terror. The film has become one of the most important horror films of its decade and praised its masterful set-pieces, unsettling atmosphere and Rick Bakers ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects. Now restored in 4K and on Blu ray, and presented with an abundance of extra features, we can see his film as never before…
However, “An American Werewolf in London” seems curiously unfinished. There are sequences that are spellbinding as well as long stretches when no one seems sure what’s going on. Then there are times when the special effects almost wipe the characters off the screen. This is, quite simply, a weird film.
David wakes up naked in the zoo in an exhibit of wolves, with no memory as to how he got there. He has visions of his buddy Jack who tells him that they weren’t attacked by an ordinary wolf – it was a werewolf that killed him and now David has become one himself. He is also being haunted by the ghosts of his victims who are urging him to kill himself. David is, of course, reluctant to do so. After all, he and Alex have fallen deeply in love and he has a lot to live for but his new condition could endanger the life of the woman he loves.
The film is terrifying throughout and even though Landis keeps a light touch, there is always an air of terror, fear and impending tragedy hanging over the entire film.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
New 2018 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by John Landis
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original uncompressed 1.0 mono and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
New audio commentary by Beware the Moon filmmaker Paul Davis
Audio commentary by actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf, newly produced, feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more
An American Filmmaker in London, a newly filmed interview with John Landis in which he reflects on British cinema and his time working in Britain
I Think He’s a Jew: The Werewolf’s Secret, new video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis film explores Jewish identity
The Werewolf s Call, Corin Hardy, director of The Nun, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis film
Wares of the Wolf, new featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of The Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artefacts from the film
Beware the Moon, Paul Davis acclaimed, feature-length exploration of Landis film which boasts extensive cast and crew interviews
Making An American Werewolf in London, a short archival featurette on the film s production
An Interview with John Landis, a lengthy archival interview with the director about the film
Makeup Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London, the legendary make-up artist discusses his work on the film
I Walked with a Werewolf, an archival interview with the make-up artist about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films
Casting of the Hand, archival footage from Rick Baker’s workshop as they cast David Naughton’s hand
Original trailers, teasers and radio spots
Extensive image gallery featuring over 200 stills, posters and other ephemera
Reversible sleeve featuring original poster art and artwork by Graham Humphreys
Double-sided fold-out poster
Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
Limited 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Travis Crawford and more