The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

An American Werewolf in London

John Landis’ horror comedy classic An American Werewolf in London returns just in time for spooky season.

American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by a vicious, unidentified animal while hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the city…

Winning an Academy Award for its striking makeup work, An American Werewolf in London remains an enduring entry in ’80s horror cinema.


“It feels increasingly like a symbol of traveler abroad alienation-what trying to live in a place that isn’t home can feel like: confusing, rageful, even physically debilitating.” – Sean Fennessey, The Ringer

“Director John Landis here pulls off the difficult trick of revitalising the horror genre while parodying it at the same time.” – Alan Jones, Radio Times

“One of the few horror films that explore the psychological effects of lycanthropy alongside the physical and the fallout…” – Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed