Beware the Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London'
Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London'
Twenty five years on, the original cast and crew look back on the John Landis classic, An American Werewolf In London.
A well-made and introspective look into the making of a horror let alone classic, let alone an example of '80s horror at its most offbeat. It's a basic making-of piece, but the love for the film and number of insightful interviews will effortlessly secure your interest.
A great behind the scenes full length look at the greatest werewolf film of all time. Good interviews with virtually everyone in the film (that were still around to be interviewed) and some great insight into how the film was made, not just practically, but with a studio heavily unsure of funding a horror film from a director who was on a hot streak of now classic comedies.
A comprehensive look at the making of An American Werewolf In London, which doesn't shy away from the odd moment of unflinching honesty.
However, so many of the anecdotes and the genesis of the film have been widely discussed in DVD special featues and the like that there's little new among the old.
The cast interviews are a real boon, even if the content of what they're saying generally amounts to recalling the weather the day a particular scene was filmed.
It does the job well enough.
wk beginning 04\02\2013 - While this isn't anything more than a DVD special feature, it has to be said that this is one of the best examples of a retorspective making of documentary. All of the key figures in the production are interviewed in addition to minor players who had an impact on the production. The documentary covers odvious subject matters such as 'where John Landis got the idea from' along with minor but eaqually as fascinating points (such as Landis's love for the late 70's stage show of Nicholas Nickleby, and how many of the cast were chosen from this).
The one thing lacking in this documentary for me is that should have made more of a feature of the rare original behind the scenes material shot during American Werewolf's production, which is fascinatin to see.
For fans of "An American Werewolf in London" this is a very nice trip down memory lane. It features lots of interviews with all the people involved and it is clear that they all enjoy the film and having been part of something unique. If however you are not a fan, then this documentary probably won't offer anything special to you.
An absolute must for any fan of American Werewolf in London.
Everyone is interviewed, and everyone has something interesting to say.
It's particularly good on the effects work, obviously, but also fascinating stuff about the Piccadilly Circus climax.
Does exactly what it says on the box. The making of John Landis' classic horror/comedy with contributions from all the major players involved.
Lovingly made documentary
Still great all these years later
"I see a bad moon rising"
i could listen to Landis and Baker all day
Excellent documentary this is what HIS NAME WAS JASON, should have been! Loved this, it's a really labour of love and you can see that just within a few minutes of watching. Any fan of the movie should really check this out, it goes into detail of every part of the movie which is great. Up there with PSYCHO LEGACY,NEVER SLEEP AGAIN so get your yourself a copy of the most recent edition of the movie,sit back and remember BEWARE THE MOON!