Friday, March 17, 2006

Comedy, Romance, Horror, Thriller...

I thought American Werewolf in London would have been strictly a horror/thriller, was I in for a surprise.

David Kessler and Jack Goodman are young American men backpcking around Britain. While in Britain they get attacked by a werewolf. Jack is killed and David is put into a coma. The werewolf reverts back into a man after being killed leaving no evidence that he ever existed. David wakes from his coma and during his lengthy hospital stay falls in love with his nurse Alex Prince who takes him in. During his recovery he has nightmares of hunting on all fours and his dead friend Jack comes to visit him. Undead Jack tells him that he has to kill himself or the victims of the werewolf line that David is now apart of will be forced to stay in limbo until the last descendent is dead.

This movie was hilarious. The fact that Alex knows that David thinks he is a werewolf and finds him attractive for it seemed like it was teasing all the women who want to save or change their boyfriends. The banter between David and the ever dacaying Jack was like watching a Friends episode, David didn't even seem to notice that Jack's skin was falling off besides the time that he told him, "I will not be threatened by a walking meat loaf!"

Some other humorous moments were when David woke up after his first full moon naked in the wolf pen at the zoo. He had to find something to cover himself with which resulted in a young British boy saying to his mother, "A naked American man stole my balloons."

My favorite part though is where David's victims sit with him in a British porn theater and help him contemplate how to kill himself and they're not as nice about it as Jack is.

The humor kind of takes over the movie there is horror and romance but I think they're trivialized a little in this film. For example the end was very abrupt and kind of sad and then the credits roll imediately playing Blue Moon.

If you want a good laugh go ahead and try this movie out.
Here's the trailor

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

I got agree with you. The ending was incredibly abrupt for the film. There was a great deal of talk about this film because of the full frontal male nudity by David Naughton who runs through the woods all free and easy and loose. Why?

Well, in the 80s David Naughton was the guy who sang, "I'm a Pepper, you're a Pepper, we're a Pepper, wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too? Be a Pepper, Drink Dr. Pepper." (I can sing it for you if you don't recall it.)

So, here was this guy doing a wholesome commerical for a product that will cause your teeth to rot and contribute to the obesity problem in America and at the same time showing off his Johnson, quite the stir. Actually, around this time in the movies a number of males were stripping off. There was brief heyday for male nudity.

Of course, on another note the sequel to this flick is An American Werewolf in Paris.