Hello hello today is the seventeenth day of our little adventure and good lord today was a fun one. We’ve got a bit of a classic and modern slasher B-movie mainstream garbage (but oh what wonderful garbage it is). As a side note, I saw Fury in theaters today and I thought it was really very good. I also watched another entry in that franchise I keep teasing. Anyway let’s DO THIS YEAH YEAH
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
John Landis’ werewolf movie is one of the greatest werewolf movies ever made, featuring some of the most well-known, iconic scenes in popular horror. The use of special effects in this movie still looks great and disgusting today, and the humor is plentiful.
Anyway so it’s about these two guys, Dave and Jack, who appear to be backpacking in Northern England and they go into a bar and the locals tell them to “beware the moon” and to stay on the road so, being American backpackers and this being a horror movie, they choose to neglect this advice and Jack ends up killed by some unknown beast. Dave gets bitten (uh oh). So basically Dave falls for a nurse, there’s a bit of a cover up, the FAMOUS shower scene, the even more famous transformation scene, blood, gore, murder, insanity, lots of laughs, and then the movie is over.
I loved it from start to finish. I’m a sucker for a good werewolf movie but this one is near the top of my list. Between the balance of humor and gore and real, human emotion, this movie has it all. It has some genuinely hilarious scenes, as well as a tiny bit of social satire mixed in here and there. There’s also some SOLID drama going on about every time a werewolf kills, that soul can’t move on until the werewolf’s blood line is dead. Then ALSO the characterization is great, especially the scene where Jack tries to get himself arrested (the scene is also hilarious). And then, of course, the movie’s crowning achievement: The transformation. It combines prosthetics, stop-motion animation, amazing make-up, and obviously David Naughton’s performance sold the whole ordeal.
It’s basically that Freddy Kreuger wakes up Jason Voorhes from some kind of death-like sleep and uses him to get people scared so he can jam on back to full power. Basically, he gets pissed when Jason starts stealing all of his victims, so he tries to kill Jason twice. There’s some human story too but nobody is watching for that so I’m not even going to bother getting into it.
There are some great practical effects and stunt-work going on in this movie. The two fights between Freddy and Jason are very well-choreographed and they look really good. This really is kind of BARELY horror since it’s more about the two fights between the title characters and they are straight up gory action. The only horror parts are usually interrupted by something funny, and unless you’re scared of mediocre fake blood then you don’t really have anything to worry about in that department.
What this all boils down to is that this is a giant slab of B-movie horror movie nerd wish fulfillment, and nothing more or less. People looking for a good, scary horror movie, just watch the original Nightmare on Elm Street (or really just something else) because you will not be scared of this. This movie was made for people who love the best and worst parts of these two incredibly popular slasher franchises and want to see the best thing ABOUT horror franchises beat the hell out of each other for 90 minutes. And for that, I couldn’t ask for anything better.
Anyway that’s our show today I hope you enjoyed it. Be on the lookout for my special franchise post coming sometime probably in the upcoming week. I’m about halfway through so only a few left.
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