An American Werewolf in London 10/26/19
An old-fashioned monster movie gore-fest that hasn’t dimmed in popularity, John Landis’s slightly twisted telling of a hiking mishap pulled nervous laughter from audiences pre-primed to expect ground-breakingly shocking special effects. Rick Baker delivers the shape-shifting fireworks in a two-minute sequence that goes way beyond easy laughs. The story is thin but the execution slick in a Landis film fashioned from his own screenplay, written at age 19. David Naughton is the unlucky lycanthrope, Griffin Dunne his even unluckier sidekick, and favorite Jenny Agutter is the nurse who dances with wolves. On Blu-ray, with more extras than last year’s wolfsbane festival, from Arrow Video.