This movie is an ultimate Werewolf classic - I've watched it a million times and I am still amazed at the technology back then. My favourite part vote goes to the transformation scene where David (the main actor) turned into a werewolf - I'd say there isn't any werewolf movies so far that could match the transformation as it was shown in An American Werewolf in London. It was so life-like that until now I wish I could turn into a werewolf myself. Silly me... See the transformation sequence in the photos below and look at David's facial expressions - it looked as if he was really in great pain - very realistic indeed! A masterpiece! (Warning - some people might get offended due to the obscene nature of some of the photos)
Err just pretend you didn't see what you think you saw - 18SX kejap!
I was in standard 1 when this movie was released and this was one of the first horror flicks that I fell in love with - of course an influence from my late mother - Thank you mummy! An American Werewolf in London is the kind of horror movie/thriller that you could watch over and over again without getting bored, believe me. After more than 20 years, I still love this movie.
The following is from Wikipedia -
An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 American-British comedy/horror film, written and directed by John Landis. It starsDavid Naughton, Griffin Dunne, and Jenny Agutter. This movie won the 1981 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup. The film was one of three high-profile werewolf films released in 1981, alongside The Howling and Wolfen . Over the years, the film has accumulated a cult following and has been referred to as a cult classic.
The film was followed by a 1997 sequel, An American Werewolf in Paris, which featured a completely different cast and none of the original crew.
Two American college students, David Kessler (David Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) , are backpacking across the Yorkshire moors when they are attacked by a large, unknown animal. Jack is killed, but David survives the mauling and is taken to a hospital in London. When he wakes up three weeks later, he does not remember what happened and is told of his friend's death. Things get stranger when he is visited by Jack's ghost , which takes the distressing form of a reanimated corpse, who explains that they had been attacked by a werewolf , suggesting that David himself is now a werewolf. Jack urges David to kill himself before the next full moon, not only because Jack is cursed to exist in a state of living death for as long as the bloodline of the werewolf that attacked them survives, but also to prevent David from inflicting the same fate on his eventual victims.
Upon his release from the hospital, David moves in with the pretty young nurse , Alex Price (Jenner Agutter) , who grew infatuated with him in the hospital. He then stays in Alex's London apartment. When the full moon rises, as Jack had warned, he turns into a werewolf. In this form, David prowls the street and subways of the city, and slaughters six innocent Londoners. When he wakes in the morning, he is naked on the floor of the wolf cage at th zoo , with no memory of his nocturnal lupine adventures, and not at all attacked by the resident wolves.
David eventually realizes that Jack was right about everything and that he is responsible for the murders of the night before. Despite being in an advanced stage of decay, Jack returns for another visit, this time accompanied by David's victims from the previous night. They all insist that he commit suicide before turning into a werewolf again. David fails to do so, and consequently, he turns into a werewolf again and goes on another killing spree. Following a chase through London, he is cornered in an alley by the police when Alex arrives to calm him down by telling him that she loves him. Though apparently temporarily softened, he is shot and killed when he lunges forward, returning to human form in front of a grieving Alex as he dies.
Here's a video of the transformation from YouTube - mind the French dubbing ya!