The moon seemed perennially full on screen in the 1980s, a decade that saw more than its share of classic---and not-so-classic---werewolf movies including Wolfen (1981), The Howling petrology (1981-1989), The Company of Wolves (1984), Silver Bullet (1985) and Teen Wolf (1985), to name a few. Towering above them all is writer-director John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London (1981). A defining film of the era, American Werewolf proved wildly successful thanks to Landis’ deft balance of comedy and horror, while Rick Baker’s Academy Award–winning makeup effects set the bar for technical mastery. The film’s influence can be felt in the work of next generation filmmakers such as Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) but its impact extends well beyond movies.
The Archive is thrilled to present both this seminal title, An American Werewolf in London, on 35mm with Landis, Baker, producer George Folsey Jr. and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis in person. As an added bonus, with the consent of The Estate of Michael Jackson, the Archive will also present on 35mm, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the short film which reunited Landis and his creative team from American Werewolf to contribute to another landmark, genre-bending work that helped transform the art of the music video forever.