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Favorite 80's werewolf movie: 'An American Werewolf in London' or 'The Howling'?

Werewolves don’t exactly have the same sexy stereotype vampires do. This isn’t entirely without reason; a werewolf is essentially a human that painfully transforms into a hairier and (we imagine) smellier beast. But they're just so badass, especially in eighties movies. Like in “An American Werewolf in London,” whose transformation scene still reigns supreme. Or “The Howling,” which is not as classy but certainly rock-and-roll. Which is your favorite?  

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Before he got involved with the “Thriller” music video, John Landis was working in Yugoslavia on the film “Kelly’s Heroes.” According to Landis, it was here that he came upon a group of gypsies burying a criminal in the ground, feet first, wrapped in garlic, all in case the man decided to rise from the grave and wreak havoc once more. Thus, the seeds for “An American Werewolf in London” were planted in Landis’s head. 

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See, the film is all about backpacking city boys, David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), wandering through antiquated European territory. When a bunch of superstitious locals of an English town warn them not to wander into the moors, the two dismiss them as nothing more than country bumpkins. The egg sure stains their faces when they do wander into the moors, leading them to Jack’s terrifying death and David’s mauling by an unseen assailant. An assailant who, shall we say, has some wolfish qualities (wink). 

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“An American Werewolf in London” spends the rest of the time following David’s trials dealing with trauma. By “trauma” we mean getting followed around by a bunch of dead people and going through what looks like one of the most excruciating werewolf transformations of all times. Landis and the effects team absolutely nailed it. If you don’t like the movie’s creativity in plot and biting humor (wink again), you can’t deny that David’s metamorphosis into a creature of the night isn’t one of the most metal things ever shot on screen. It’s exactly why “An American Werewolf in London” is still the werewolf movie today, as of yet to be dethroned. Honestly, we’re not really convinced if that day will ever come. 

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It appears that throughout her career, Dee Wallace was consistently saddled with the role of “haggard woman on the brink of a breakdown.” Whether she was the overly stressed mom in “E.T.” or the extremely stressed mom in “Cujo,” some cackling casting directly supposedly really loved to see Dee as a character who can’t catch a break. Same goes for “The Howling.” 

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“The Howling” centers around Dee’s character, Karen, a successful news anchor suffering from PTSD after being attacked by a notorious serial killer. As a part of her subsequent therapy, Dee and her husband, Bill (Christopher Stone), go to some beatnik resort in the country to take a breather. What they get instead is Bill cheating on Dee within the first day with some crunchy-granola biddy and also werewolves

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Although not housing the subtle class “An American Werewolf in London” does, “The Howling” wholly revels in its crass, rock-and-roll quality. The werewolves gleefully tear their victims apart, touting their superiority in the same way Bill de Blasio touts his superiority complex. The most satisfying aspect of the movie, however, is Dee’s character growth. She goes from submissive female to badass werewolf herself, tragically getting shot during a live news broadcast. Kind of makes you rethink all those “fake” YouTube videos, doesn’t it?  

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Favorite 80's werewolf movie: 'An American Werewolf in London' or 'The Howling'?
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