Friday, 10 June 2011


Yup, you read right, John Landis' seminal werewolf classic is available to watch (for UK internet users at least) online, for free (as in, without payment!) over on the fantastic VOD site, Blinkbox (which I frequently rave and raw about).

So, right now, without delay, you can watch one of the few good werewolf flicks in great quality here:,FRBF,3BXB4A,19X7V,1

John 'Blues Brothers' Landis' 1981 horror tale tells the story of two American tourists, David and Jack, who are backpacking across Europe. While trudging through the lovely moors of England on a particularly shitty night, they are intimidated out of a small town pub with warnings to keep off the moors at night. Of course, within minutes they are attacked by a beast that becomes a man once killed, leaving David in critical state and Jack deceased.
The story follows David's experience (with the aid of his nurse and then lover, Alex) leading up to the next full moon, where he continuously has vivid and disturbing dreams of hunting animals and is visited by Jack, who is now in some sort of limbo and is trying to convince David to kill himself before he turns into a werewolf himself.

"Is there something on my face? It's not blood, is it? I
really don't like blood".

With a wry sense of humour and a great soundtrack to boot (every song contains the word moon in the title), Landis delivers a gloriously dark film with great set pieces around London city centre. By this point, An American Werewolf in London is quite dated and has a sluggish pace by today’s standards, but reasons for it still remaining a classic are evident. The major set pieces of the film (the underground, the transformation and the finale) still have a touch of class that not even time can distort. Not very scary, but more on the morbidly hilarious side, particularly the scenes with the decaying Jack, the film is to horror films what Blues Brothers is to musicals; good fun.
The acting wasn't all that convincing for me, though I easily accepted who I was seeing, but the special effects by legendary make-up maestro Rick Baker are fantastic. In fact, they are all that more impressive today when held up against the now oft-used CGI. A bit of interesting trivia; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were so impressed with Bakers work that they created a new award (still running to this day) to recognise the effects.

Don't ask my why, but this makes me think of Michael Jackson...

By no means my favourite film, or even my favourite werewolf film (that honour goes to Ginger Snaps), An American Werewolf in London is still worth your time. It has a quality that just is not found in horror today, and came at the tail end of one of the greatest periods in horror films. Recommended viewing, especially since you can see it for free HERE!!!