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2021-08-21 7:09:57 AM  
genial, clean-cut American backpacker David Kessler (David KesslerNaughton)

FTFY, Grauniad.
 
2021-08-21 8:41:09 AM  
David's transformation is still one of the most inventive uses of practical effects I think I've ever seen in film


Iconic Wolfman Transformation Scene | An American Werewolf In London
Youtube GHyvfOUEK4o

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2021-08-21 8:41:52 AM  
Although casting the Dr Pepper guy as your lead was a curious choice.

Dr. Pepper Commercial - I'M A PEPPER - David Naughton
Youtube gQPN3UKQM-U
 
2021-08-21 8:51:54 AM  

Snapper Carr: David's transformation is still one of the most inventive uses of practical effects I think I've ever seen in film

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/GHyvfOUE​K4o]


OMG SPOILERS
 
2021-08-21 8:57:46 AM  
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2021-08-21 9:07:58 AM  

Snapper Carr: David's transformation is still one of the most inventive uses of practical effects I think I've ever seen in film


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There's also the gradual decomposition of Griffin Dunne, something I remember being almost more disturbed at seeing than this scene.
 
2021-08-21 9:19:04 AM  

dodecahedron: There's also the gradual decomposition of Griffin Dunne, something I remember being almost more disturbed at seeing than this scene.


Just coming to say that.  I was young when I saw this, maybe 9 years old.  And I was disturbed by Griffin Dunne throughout the movie.
Also, his calm demeanor in the scenes while looking like he did I remember really upsetting me
 
2021-08-21 9:25:58 AM  

dodecahedron: Snapper Carr: David's transformation is still one of the most inventive uses of practical effects I think I've ever seen in film


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There's also the gradual decomposition of Griffin Dunne, something I remember being almost more disturbed at seeing than this scene.


Dunne was on Gilbert Gottfrieds podcast a few years ago and said looking at himself in the mirror day to day, looking all dead and mangled, really messed him up too.  During shooting, they all wanted him to go to the local bar in full-gore and order a drink but he thought freaking people out like that was sort of cruel.
 
2021-08-21 9:55:49 AM  

Snapper Carr: Although casting the Dr Pepper guy as your lead was a curious choice.

[YouTube video: Dr. Pepper Commercial - I'M A PEPPER - David Naughton]


So it took me 40 years to learn that that's the same guy?! Unbelievable.
 
2021-08-21 10:14:35 AM  
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/let's not forget...
 
2021-08-21 10:26:46 AM  
One of my favorite movies, with one of the greatest lines in film history: "Queen Elizabeth is a man! Prince Charles is a f*gg*t!"
 
2021-08-21 10:36:34 AM  

buntz: dodecahedron: There's also the gradual decomposition of Griffin Dunne, something I remember being almost more disturbed at seeing than this scene.

Just coming to say that.  I was young when I saw this, maybe 9 years old.  And I was disturbed by Griffin Dunne throughout the movie.
Also, his calm demeanor in the scenes while looking like he did I remember really upsetting me


"Hi David!" Mickey Mouse falsetto
 
2021-08-21 10:39:26 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: [media-amazon.com image 850x460]

/let's not forget...


Thank you. Jenny Agutter must be represented.
 
2021-08-21 10:49:48 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: [media-amazon.com image 850x460]

/let's not forget...


I'm sorry. Is she on her way to church? Why the hell is she all overdressed like that?

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Better.
 
2021-08-21 10:52:23 AM  
I bought some balloons to celebrate, but a naked Americanman stole them.
 
2021-08-21 10:58:49 AM  
Movie holds up better than the then awesome FX
 
2021-08-21 11:00:14 AM  
Growing up near USU, one summer they had a series of movies on Old Main Hill. They stretched a giant screen between two trees. American Werewolf was one of them, maybe the summer after I graduated high school. I was very impressed by the special effects.
 
2021-08-21 11:03:19 AM  

gunga galunga: OtherLittleGuy: [media-amazon.com image 850x460]

/let's not forget...

I'm sorry. Is she on her way to church? Why the hell is she all overdressed like that?

[Fark user image image 385x360]

Better.

Walkabout

has a scene with Jenny Agutter skinny dipping. I'm fairly sure she's at least 18, too, so no need to have a seat over there.

/Did the book in English class back in the day and the teacher showed us the film, too.
//Can't have left much of an impression on me, because all I remember about it is it's set in Austria and Jenny Agutter's nekked in the film.
 
2021-08-21 11:12:30 AM  
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Hellooo, Nurse
 
2021-08-21 11:30:56 AM  
Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London (Official Music Video)
Youtube qae25976UgA
 
2021-08-21 11:38:23 AM  

Billy Liar: [YouTube video: Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London (Official Music Video)]


Lee ho fook used to do an awesome Chinese buffet back in the 90's used to be a regular for me and my mates on a Friday evening before a looooong weekend partying
 
2021-08-21 12:39:56 PM  

Snapper Carr: Although casting the Dr Pepper guy as your lead was a curious choice.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/gQPN3UKQ​M-U]


Came for his transformation into a pepper scene. Left disappointed and full of earworms.
 
2021-08-21 12:42:45 PM  

Musikslayer: One of my favorite movies, with one of the greatest lines in film history: "Queen Elizabeth is a man! Prince Charles is a f*gg*t!"


"Shakespeare's French!"
 
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2021-08-21 12:43:23 PM  

Snapper Carr: Although casting the Dr Pepper guy as your lead was a curious choice.

[YouTube video: Dr. Pepper Commercial - I'M A PEPPER - David Naughton]


I've got his autograph somewhere.  He was signing autographs at JC Penney in my town on a Dr. Pepper promotion tour when I was a kid. I remember there was no line. it was kind of sad.

/classic movie though, so he's got that going for him, which is nice.
 
2021-08-21 12:50:35 PM  

mybluemake: Movie holds up better than the then awesome FX


Movie holds up because of the awesome practical FX. Same with The Thing.
 
2021-08-21 12:54:06 PM  

iron de havilland: gunga galunga: OtherLittleGuy: [media-amazon.com image 850x460]

/let's not forget...

I'm sorry. Is she on her way to church? Why the hell is she all overdressed like that?

[Fark user image image 385x360]

Better.

Walkabouthas a scene with Jenny Agutter skinny dipping. I'm fairly sure she's at least 18, too, so no need to have a seat over there.

/Did the book in English class back in the day and the teacher showed us the film, too.
//Can't have left much of an impression on me, because all I remember about it is it's set in Austria and Jenny Agutter's nekked in the film.


Checking the wikis, it looks like she was 18 or 19 when it was filmed.

/don't watch it thinking it's going to be erotic, though. It's actually a pretty sad film.
 
2021-08-21 1:12:57 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: mybluemake: Movie holds up better than the then awesome FX

Movie holds up because of the awesome practical FX. Same with The Thing.


Yup, any movie that relies on CGI made before the mid 2000s (or so) is going to look cheesy as hell from this point forward, and that will get worse.
 
2021-08-21 1:14:00 PM  
I SWEAR he also did a commercial for another soft drink, not just Dr.Pepper. I can't remember if it was Fanta or Shasta or Crush. I didn't find it listed in his credits though...

Did my brain just invent him singing and dancing about another soda back in the 80s?
 
2021-08-21 1:14:11 PM  
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2021-08-21 1:25:59 PM  
Rewatched about 10 days ago. Still holds up.

/first transformation is freakin awesome
//also, hadn't noticed Rik Mayall in the tavern until this latest viewing
///he was infinitely recognizable so... i made me sad
 
2021-08-21 1:32:08 PM  

dodecahedron: Snapper Carr: David's transformation is still one of the most inventive uses of practical effects I think I've ever seen in film


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There's also the gradual decomposition of Griffin Dunne, something I remember being almost more disturbed at seeing than this scene.


Unfortunately he looks even deader now IRL. :-|
 
2021-08-21 1:46:25 PM  
First horror movie I ever saw that made me laugh out loud in the theater. Landis' genius is underappreciated. Still in my top 20 faves of the genre.
 
2021-08-21 1:48:06 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: iron de havilland: gunga galunga: OtherLittleGuy: [media-amazon.com image 850x460]

/let's not forget...

I'm sorry. Is she on her way to church? Why the hell is she all overdressed like that?

[Fark user image image 385x360]

Better.

Walkabouthas a scene with Jenny Agutter skinny dipping. I'm fairly sure she's at least 18, too, so no need to have a seat over there.

/Did the book in English class back in the day and the teacher showed us the film, too.
//Can't have left much of an impression on me, because all I remember about it is it's set in Austria and Jenny Agutter's nekked in the film.

Checking the wikis, it looks like she was 18 or 19 when it was filmed.

/don't watch it thinking it's going to be erotic, though. It's actually a pretty sad film.


anything is spank bank if you're brave enough
 
2021-08-21 1:50:23 PM  
An American Werewolf in London is my personal gold standard Werewolf movie of all time for so many reasons. It is funny, sarcastic, and sweet. There are tense moments, there is plenty of gore and blood. The writing was bouncy and fun and I loved how it blended horror and humor. It is delightful.

When I saw AAWIL the first time I was blown away by the Werewolf, in my mind THAT is exactly how Werewolves should look. (My husband prefers the gangly ones in The Howling) The movie is a gem and John Landis is a National Treasure!
 
2021-08-21 1:51:29 PM  

Billy Liar: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/qae25976​UgA]


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2021-08-21 1:54:51 PM  

gameshowhost: Tyrone Slothrop: iron de havilland: gunga galunga: OtherLittleGuy: [media-amazon.com image 850x460]

/let's not forget...

I'm sorry. Is she on her way to church? Why the hell is she all overdressed like that?

[Fark user image image 385x360]

Better.

Walkabouthas a scene with Jenny Agutter skinny dipping. I'm fairly sure she's at least 18, too, so no need to have a seat over there.

/Did the book in English class back in the day and the teacher showed us the film, too.
//Can't have left much of an impression on me, because all I remember about it is it's set in Austria and Jenny Agutter's nekked in the film.

Checking the wikis, it looks like she was 18 or 19 when it was filmed.

/don't watch it thinking it's going to be erotic, though. It's actually a pretty sad film.

anything is spank bank if you're brave enough


Particularly within the context of being a teenager.

/The fact we watched it at school made it a challenging wank, however.
 
2021-08-21 1:58:18 PM  

iron de havilland: gameshowhost: Tyrone Slothrop: iron de havilland: gunga galunga: OtherLittleGuy: [media-amazon.com image 850x460]

/let's not forget...

I'm sorry. Is she on her way to church? Why the hell is she all overdressed like that?

[Fark user image image 385x360]

Better.

Walkabouthas a scene with Jenny Agutter skinny dipping. I'm fairly sure she's at least 18, too, so no need to have a seat over there.

/Did the book in English class back in the day and the teacher showed us the film, too.
//Can't have left much of an impression on me, because all I remember about it is it's set in Austria and Jenny Agutter's nekked in the film.

Checking the wikis, it looks like she was 18 or 19 when it was filmed.

/don't watch it thinking it's going to be erotic, though. It's actually a pretty sad film.

anything is spank bank if you're brave enough

Particularly within the context of being a teenager.

/The fact we watched it at school made it a challenging wank, however.


I try to rise to the occasion when necessary.

/nyuk! boner joke!
 
2021-08-21 2:01:40 PM  

Indiegent: First horror movie I ever saw that made me laugh out loud in the theater. Landis' genius is underappreciated. Still in my top 20 faves of the genre.


Vic Morrow and two little Vietnamese kids would disagree, if their heads were still attached to their bodies.
 
2021-08-21 2:03:20 PM  
This is a film I've watched many times, it just works.  (The terrible sequel does not).

Now, there's one part of the transformation that has always stood out for me, but on a technical level.  I have always thought that David Naughton was replaced for some parts by any other actor, specifically Stephen Macht.
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Obviously, David Naughton was replaced by full prostethics at some point.  Maybe there was a need to use another actor for a couple shots?  Just a theory I have.
 
2021-08-21 2:42:06 PM  

Quemapueblo: Musikslayer: One of my favorite movies, with one of the greatest lines in film history: "Queen Elizabeth is a man! Prince Charles is a f*gg*t!"

"Shakespeare's French!"


"It's 'loo-tenant' and 'val-ay!'"
 
2021-08-21 2:44:18 PM  

Lodger: This is a film I've watched many times, it just works.  (The terrible sequel does not).

Now, there's one part of the transformation that has always stood out for me, but on a technical level.  I have always thought that David Naughton was replaced for some parts by any other actor, specifically Stephen Macht.
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Obviously, David Naughton was replaced by full prostethics at some point.  Maybe there was a need to use another actor for a couple shots?  Just a theory I have.


Landis has said that he thinks that maybe the transformation scenes do go on a bit too long, but Rick Baker's work was just so spectacular that he couldn't bear to cut any of it.
 
2021-08-21 2:47:32 PM  

jake_lex: Lodger: This is a film I've watched many times, it just works.  (The terrible sequel does not).

Now, there's one part of the transformation that has always stood out for me, but on a technical level.  I have always thought that David Naughton was replaced for some parts by any other actor, specifically Stephen Macht.
[Fark user image 300x168]
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Obviously, David Naughton was replaced by full prostethics at some point.  Maybe there was a need to use another actor for a couple shots?  Just a theory I have.

Landis has said that he thinks that maybe the transformation scenes do go on a bit too long, but Rick Baker's work was just so spectacular that he couldn't bear to cut any of it.


also that he wishes he hadn't cut the scene where griffin dunne is eating toast and it falls out of his throat. god damn, add it back in, brah.
 
2021-08-21 3:07:15 PM  

jake_lex: Lodger: This is a film I've watched many times, it just works.  (The terrible sequel does not).

Now, there's one part of the transformation that has always stood out for me, but on a technical level.  I have always thought that David Naughton was replaced for some parts by any other actor, specifically Stephen Macht.
[Fark user image 300x168]
[Fark user image 425x248]

Obviously, David Naughton was replaced by full prostethics at some point.  Maybe there was a need to use another actor for a couple shots?  Just a theory I have.

Landis has said that he thinks that maybe the transformation scenes do go on a bit too long, but Rick Baker's work was just so spectacular that he couldn't bear to cut any of it.


The howling was the film that really sat on the transformation scenes far far too long.

If people haven't seen it the movie Dog Soldiers is also terrific and it used practical effects
 
2021-08-21 6:05:47 PM  

OK So Amuse Me: An American Werewolf in London is my personal gold standard Werewolf movie of all time for so many reasons. It is funny, sarcastic, and sweet. There are tense moments, there is plenty of gore and blood. The writing was bouncy and fun and I loved how it blended horror and humor. It is delightful.

When I saw AAWIL the first time I was blown away by the Werewolf, in my mind THAT is exactly how Werewolves should look. (My husband prefers the gangly ones in The Howling) The movie is a gem and John Landis is a National Treasure!


Agreed! Favorite scenes are still the guys going to the Slaughtered Lamb and the guy getting off the tube/subway.

I have yet to come across a better Werewolf movie, though some make a good go of it. Howl was pretty good.
 
2021-08-21 6:06:42 PM  

jake_lex: Tyrone Slothrop: mybluemake: Movie holds up better than the then awesome FX

Movie holds up because of the awesome practical FX. Same with The Thing.

Yup, any movie that relies on CGI made before the mid 2000s (or so) is going to look cheesy as hell from this point forward, and that will get worse.


I don't think you could ever convince me that LotR will be cheesy.
 
2021-08-21 8:23:24 PM  

Lodger: This is a film I've watched many times, it just works.  (The terrible sequel does not).

Now, there's one part of the transformation that has always stood out for me, but on a technical level.  I have always thought that David Naughton was replaced for some parts by any other actor, specifically Stephen Macht.
[Fark user image 300x168]
[Fark user image 425x248]

Obviously, David Naughton was replaced by full prostethics at some point.  Maybe there was a need to use another actor for a couple shots?  Just a theory I have.


There's a lot of behind - the - scenes docs and stuff about the transformation scene in AAWIL.  Believe it or not, Naughton wasn't replaced with full prosthetics until the very end of the scene.  We get a very brief shot of the werewolf.  That was a full sized puppet.

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When he's on his back on the floor that was a combination of his upper part of body with a dummy lower half.  Naughton was actually laying in the floor to make that work.

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He was the one behind that makeup the whole time.

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2021-08-21 8:28:05 PM  
Oh, I forgot to add this bit of trivia.  Anytime in the movie when you saw the werewolf walking or running you were seeing a stuntman in werewolf makeup being pushed along in a wheel barrel like set up.  They would lay on their stomach in the contraption and "run" along the ground with their arms.
 
2021-08-21 10:24:20 PM  
Still probably in my desert island top ten.

I re-watch it every few years, never loses its punch.  It's such a unique mashup of styles.
 
2021-08-21 11:01:04 PM  
When the local guy tells the doctor "There's something wrong with this place" and the doctor says "That much I understand"-that is comedy gold. The doctor, who is professional the whole time, surprised me with that restrained yet acidic comment.
 
2021-08-21 11:17:53 PM  

Wendigogo: OK So Amuse Me: An American Werewolf in London is my personal gold standard Werewolf movie of all time for so many reasons. It is funny, sarcastic, and sweet. There are tense moments, there is plenty of gore and blood. The writing was bouncy and fun and I loved how it blended horror and humor. It is delightful.

When I saw AAWIL the first time I was blown away by the Werewolf, in my mind THAT is exactly how Werewolves should look. (My husband prefers the gangly ones in The Howling) The movie is a gem and John Landis is a National Treasure!

Agreed! Favorite scenes are still the guys going to the Slaughtered Lamb and the guy getting off the tube/subway.

I have yet to come across a better Werewolf movie, though some make a good go of it. Howl was pretty good.


The post directly above this one mentioned Dog Soldiers, which is a great and scary Werewolf movie. Not many giggles in that one but it is good. I don't think I've seen Howl.
 
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