Blu-ray of the Day: Wolfman Week – An American Werewolf in London

Cast: David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter.
Director: John Landis.
Screenplay: John Landis.
Score: Elmer Bernstein.
Cinematography: Robert Paynter.

This 1981 Limey lycanthrope classic, about a Yank in Blighty who becomes a creature of the night is funny, ingenious and more than a tad frightening. Griffin Dunne and David Naughton play American backpackers who bite off more than they can chew on their OE. Dunne has since gone on to make his own movies, albeit none as good as this or others he’s starred in (After Hours, Quiz Show), while Naughton’s post-Werewolf movie career has largely come to nought (unlike that of Frank Oz and Rik Mayall, who make brief appearances). The Blu-ray picture quality is predictably grainy for a low-budget  horror that’s nearly 30 years old but it combines all the extras of the previous special edition DVD with a new interview with f/x maestro — and horror nut — Rick Baker and a movie-length making-of documentary. The former is the only extra in HD but the latter is such a thorough dissection of Werewolf lore that it will have fans over the full moon.

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One Response to “Blu-ray of the Day: Wolfman Week – An American Werewolf in London”

  1. One of the great ones. Special effects were good but the dialogue was better.

    Jack: [describing his funeral] Debbie Klein cried a lot. So you know what she does? She’s soooo grief-stricken, she runs to find solace in Mark Levine’s bed.

    David: Mark… Levine?

    Jack: An asshole! Life mocks me even in death!

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