The great John Landis was at the top of his game in the early 80’s producing such classics as ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘Trading Places’. In ‘An American Werewolf in London’ he created not only an uproarious black comedy but a ground breaking genre film that set a towering horror benchmark for others to follow. The astonishing special effects from Rick Baker still look jaw droppingly good after 35 years; David Naughton’s transformation into the titular beast is one of the cinema’s, not just horror’s, most electrifying sequences. Huge kudo’s to those wonderful Flatpack people for organising the screening at Dudley Castle. An imaginative venue and film, if you attended last year’s Bride of Frankenstein event you will know what to expect. Atmosphere doesn’t get any spookier, except this time you’d better hope the wolves housed in the zoo itself don’t get too agitated. Stay out of The Slaughtered Lamb, stick to the paths and beware the full moon!
Sat 5 Aug 8pm at Dudley Castle & Zoo, Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4QF £10 www.flatpackfestival.org.uk
Published on: Sun 2 Jul 2017