Monday Movie Retrospective

August 21, 2017

Vampire Smile

Today’s Retrospective is a movie with teeth. As a matter of fact, I made mention of today’s movie very recently.

Today’s Retrospective is focused on “An American Werewolf in London“.

As I mentioned previously, the movie is written and directed by the revered John Landis and stars Jenny Agutter and David Naughton. Griffin Dunne makes repeated appearances in different “states” as the dead friend’s ghost, Jack.

The quality of this film lands it squarely in “classic movie” territory. It’s well-made and well-acted. The practical effects are still impressive all these years later, and were an absolute landmark in movie effects for the time.

I enjoyed the palpable impatience and dread prior to the first werewolf transformation, when Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” is playing. It’s perfect. The first night of the werewolf’s transformation includes a perfectly animalistic mauling in a park, the unfortunate look of surprise on some homeless men, and a brilliant stalking through a subway station. It was terrific how little was shown in the subway until the very end of the scene. Then the morning after the carnage was a great sequence of events that compliment the events of the evening.

Two canine teeth way up.