An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Touted as THE contemporary werewolf picture, An American Werewolf in London mixes dark comedy with some of the most disturbing imagery in werewolf films. Many times, we are left waiting to laugh and scream at the same time.
When two Americans (David Naughton and Griffin Dunne) are attacked by a werewolf in the English moors, one killed, the other only wounded, we're taken on a journey through the supernatural, complete with the spirits of the undead compelling the werewolf to kill himself in a porn theatre and nightmares involving demonic neo nazis gunning down his family.
Most impressive feature of this film are the effects. Despite its age, the masterfully crafted visual effects still stand the test of time. In fact, the transformation scene itself has yet to be topped, even with modern CGI. The visual effects are stunning, and well worth the picture alone.
Of course, there is more to this film than simply amazing visual effects. A masterful blend of dark humor and believable characters make this film enjoyable on an entirely different level. What "An American Werewolf in London" does is not take itself too seriously, and in the process, delivers the pinnacle werewolf picture of our age. By NOT taking itself too seriously, it allows we, the viewers, to decide whether or not his is a comedy or a horror film. Whichever you decide, this film is enjoyable enough for multiple viewings.