Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 186: Thu Nov 18

An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981): Prince Charles Cinema, 12.45pm

This classic is on an extended run at the Prince Charles from November 12th to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film. Full details here.

Time Out review:
It’d be interesting to see polling data on how many Brits recall John Landis’s hysterical gore-spattered masterpiece as that all-important rite of passage: their first 18. Well, the folks at the BBFC have ruined all that: in reclassifying the film 15, they’ve made all our childhoods seem that little bit less dangerous. Which is no reflection on the film: horror-comedy is overfamiliar nowadays, with diminishing returns, but this only makes Landis’s achievement more impressive. Not just gory but actually frightening, not just funny but clever, ‘American Werewolf…’ has its flaws, but these are outweighed by the film’s many, mighty strengths: the soundtrack is astounding, the characterisation is marvellous and the one-liners are endlessly memorable (‘a naked American man stole my balloons!’). A classic, no less.
Tom Huddleston

Here (and above) is the original trailer ... and love the nod to The Shining (trailer).

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