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13 Days of Halloween: Aaron’s Favorite Horror Films [DAY 13]

October 31, 2011

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AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) – There’s something about werewolves that really get me in a scary way. Something about an innocent man who’s cursed for life, having no control, every inkling of his body morphed into a vicious animal, killing without any remorse; it’s quite a scary thought. Writer/director John Landis, of “Animal House” fame, did just that in this classic monster film, which is my number one favorite horror movie, “An American Werewolf in London”. Two American college guys, backpacking across Europe have their trip stopped short when they’re both attacked by a werewolf on the moors. One viciously mauled to death, the other bitten with a curse. The werewolf lore is taken to newer lengths, as our main character, David, starts seeing visions of the undead, the people who’ve been killed by the werewolf. His best friend, Jack, returns as a mangled corpse and only gets worse everytime he visits him. The only way to free the undead spirits from having to roam the Earth is to kill the beast, and it’s David. Will David have the strength to kill himself? The movie not only has great scares, clever humor, and a strong cast, but it’s legendary for it’s special effect wizardry, thanks to ‘then up and coming’ Make-Up Effects Artist Rick Baker. The infamous transformation scene has been hailed as one of the best on screen monster transformation scenes in all of the genre, and no film has come even close to matching it. I could watch this movie every Halloween and still get the same great feelings of fear & a spot of classic comedy. “An American Werewolf in London” is my favorite Horror Film of Halloween, what’s yours?

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