|"You made me miss!" - David & I get into the spirit of things...|
"An American Werewolf In London" is one of my all-time favourite films, for a whole load of reasons and it never fails to disappoint. The camaraderie between David & Jack is spot on, Jenny Agutter is beautiful, it's very funny ("a naked American man stole my balloons..."), it's very gruesome (I still find the home invasion dream sequence - and subsequent stabbing - shocking), it has the whole 'Moondance' sequence, Rick Baker thoroughly deserved his Oscar and it's tightly written (with a wonderful English sensibility to it).
Like most people my age, my first exposure to the film was on a fairly dark and cloudy VHS (it wasn’t until I first saw it on DVD that I realised the naked bloke on the moor at the start was the original werewolf and not Griffin Dunne’s Jack) and seeing it, on the big screen and in HD, was a real treat. The image was a little grainy and maybe some of the make-up edges showed but it was glorious and the sound was explosively loud (I hadn’t realised before how ‘jumpy’ the soundtrack was). The film is 35 years old next year (I’m already planning my ‘retrospective’ article and wrote about Rick Baker earlier this year) and it held up superbly, easily keeping the large audiences attention completely. Personally, I loved it (and yes, the ‘Moondance’ sequence looked particularly splendid) and spent the whole time with a big grin on my face.
|Jenny Agutter, just prior to 'Moondance'. She's lovely.|
“An American Werewolf In London”, under the stars and a full moon, was a real treat and I really enjoyed myself. I’m not sure what we’re going watch in the programme next, but I can’t wait to go!
If you’re local, check out the schedule here and pop along, it’s great fun.
and here, for your viewing pleasure, is the masterful transformation sequence in all its glory...
|Simon Hopkins (Luna Flix head honcho) and his "werewolf victim" crew...|
(thanks to Simon for the picture)