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Undoubtedly, “An American Werewolf In London” is the pinnacle of werewolf movies. So, why am I posting a 1981 movie for my movie commentary in 2017?
Hollywood Theatre, an independent movie house in Portland, Oregon, not only screened the movie for one night, actor David Naughton appeared as a special guest at the movie. The vintage marquis below the red and white towering “HOLLYWOOD” sign blazed the words “AMERICAN WEREWOLF WITH DAVID NAUGHTON” boldly printed for the NE Sandy Blvd. traffic to see. Then, a chalk sandwich board with Hollywood Theatre’s logo with hand scrawled “AMERICAN WEREWOLF IS SOLD OUT.”
A few vintage “AWIL” posters and images hung from the peach colored walls of the historical theater. Inside the main theater, nearly all the seats are filled. Around 7:00 p.m., Hollywood’s host hopped up onto the stage and introduced David Naughton. The crowd applauded and cheered enthusiastically. Then it was time to get the show rolling.
“An American Werewolf In London” opens up with a scenic shot and Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Moon.” The audience applauded and cheered to key actors like David Naughton, Grffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, then more enthusiastically to make-up artist Rick Baker, who won the movie an Oscar.
As for the movie, John Landis’s horror-comedy story is about two American boys, David Kessler and Jack Goodman, traveling to England. After being attacked by a werewolf, one is killed and the other survives. The survivor lives with the curse of being a werewolf and being taken cared of by an attractive nurse named Alex Price.
“AWIL” story is simple with a mix of dramatic and humor. The visual make-up from Rick Baker is what makes “AWIL’ so great. The werewolf design, Jack Goodman and other victims in limbo state, Nazi demons, and undoubtedly the infamous detailed two minutes and forty five seconds transformation scene.
After the movie, David Naughton appeared on stage to talk about the movie and answer some audience questions.His discussion went on to cover introductions and interactions with other actors like Dunne, Agutter and feelings during the intimate scene, and make-up artist Rick Baker. Naughton also talked about the transformation scene, the most uncomfortable make-up being the glass wolf eyes used in the hospital bed scene, and the Nazi demons scene.
The night was definitely fun.
Being a werewolf and an actress does have its perks, thrills, and challenges. Lykanos Wulfheart’s latest werewolf short “Memoirs of a Lycanthrope” tells the story of a an actress who becomes a werewolf and trying to work her way up in the field. As she is hired on, the director makes the situation uncomfortable, until she deals with it with “tooth and claw.”
You’ve probably heard of her. Watched her on the big screen. She’s just your typical big-name actress with a dark secret. Feel free to read her memoir, but keep in mind… it’s not pretty.
The story was originally intended to be published in the “Werewolves Vs. Hollywood” series, but the author decided to share it on FurAffinity and Sofurry.
“This was for Werewolves Vs Hollywood, but, like last time, there was too much competition to get in,” Lykanos wrote in the introduction featured on Sofurry. “I thought it turned out well, though, so I’m sharing it with you.”
“Memoirs of a Lycanthrope is an intimate, intense, and thrilling werewolf short story with “not pretty” action in a good werewolf way.
Read on SoFurry: “Memoirs of a Lycanthrope”
Read on FurAffinty (login required): “Memoirs of a Lycanthrope”
In a little over a week before the total solar eclipse, John Landis’s cult classic 1981 werewolf gem is coming to Portland, Ore., next month, with a special guest. Hollywood Theatre in Portland is showing “An American Werewolf in London” for one night only on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Hollywood Theatre announced that the actor who plays the traveling student-werewolf David Kessler, David Naughton, will be in attendance during the showing. A Q&A session will be held after the movie.
Show time is at 7:00 p.m. at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Tickets are available for purchase online at HollywoodTheatre.org until the show is sold out.
“Beware the moon!” I’ll be there and let you know more after the show.