I just bought the 21st anniversay special edition.
First time I saw this was, I think, 1982 or 1983; I knew nothing about it, just saw it in the video rental store and thought “that might be a laugh to watch with my mates and a few beers”.
Well, Damn, it blew us the heck away.
Where to begin?
It’s by John Landis, stars David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, and Jenny Agutter in a nurse’s uniform.
It is a classical treatment of the werewolf story, with the werewolf as a sympathetic creature, set in 1981 London and the Yorkshire moors.
I think it must be one of the earliest films to combine serious horror with deadpan humour; according to the Naughton and Dunne voiceover people were confused by this at the time -
many couldn’t understand the wisecracks and slapstick combined with the no-punches-pulled violence and gore.
Rick Baker won an Oscar and a Saturn award for the special effects, and this was all done with makeup and puppetry!!! Rick, I believe, liked the expresion “make-up special effects”. Look at some of the crappy CGI you see now. Two decades old, dammit, and it puts many films to shame now.
The climax was REALLY filmed in Piccadilly Circus! First film in 15 years to have been shot there, or so they claim. Ok, they intercut that sequence with filler that they shot on a set Also, real London Underground settings, and yer actual Trafalgar Square, where Naughton’s character (attempting to get arrested) yells such things as “Prince Charles is a faggot!” “William Shakespeare was french!”
Hmph. Can’t really express how brilliant this is. Anyone else care to try? Anyone not seen it? Share your thoughts/opinions/favourite bits or lines!!
SERIOUS WARNING : if you haven’t seen it, read no further, as I am sure there will be spoilers. If you have somehow managed to miss out on this classic, I strongly recommend that you don’t deny yourself the experience of seeing it unforewarned.
Clincher : [sub] Jenny Agutter shower sex scene[/sub]