"I see a bad moon rising"

Films: An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Alias: None

Type: Mystical

Location: Civilized area

Height/Weight: That of a large dog in werewolf form.

Affiliation: Neutral

Summary: The werewolf curse has never been this horrific. Don't let the reputation of its director fool you. Because it's as they say, John Landis has a different kind of animal in mind...

History: Friends David Kessler and Jack Goodman were told repeatedly that walking outside the streets of Yorkshire at nightfall would be their undoing. They didn't listen, and for their crime of going into the outer moors, they were assaulted by an old werewolf, who killed Jack and infected David before getting shot up by locals. Now, David is plagued by awful nightmares, the werewolf curse, and the fact that the victims of him and the werewolf before him, Jack included, cannot enter the afterlife until he dies.

Notable Kills: Nothing special.

Final Fate: After going on the warpath for the last time, David is confronted as a werewolf by the police, who proceed to gun him down with regular bullets. He reverts back to human form the moment he dies.

Powers/Abilities: None

Weakness: Anything conventional.

Scariness Factor: 3.5-Admittingly, the fact that the bullets don't have to be silver sort of negates the power of the werewolf. However, we'd take that over being trapped as a ghost until its death. And on top of that, being a werewolf is no picnic, either. That painful transformation into the snarling mess that we fear was top notch nightmare fuel then and now.

Trivia: -Director John Landis conceived most of the story after running into a group of gypsies in Yugoslavia trying to make sure one of their own would not come back from the dead through rituals. He then put his film idea on the backburner for the next decade or so.

-The effects work was done by Rick Baker, who's infamous transformation sequence shown in the film won him an Oscar.

Image Gallery

Shifting genres can be quite chaotic, can't it?

"Spread the word! I'm naked!"

The spirit of the wolf...on meth.

"Noooo! My me-time hand!"
Excellent blood trickle, David sir.

Good luck shaving those.

You thought the title wasn't American enough?

Don't forget the scenes with dream Nazis and families having their fathers being torn up! FUN!

And you thought the percieved haughtiness of the city was bad enough.

The perfect comedy...if you look past all the other havoc that goes down here.

The rabbit on the moon has been recently devoured.

Do werewolf bites also contain LSD?

The animated adaptation by Todd MacFarlene was a bit something.

His fate is sealed when he sees a squirrel pass by.