On This Day: August 21

In 1981 on this day, John Landis’ werewolf comedy-horror beast, An American Werewolf in London unleashes in theaters in the United States.

This is a story of two students, David Kessler (David Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne), travel to England. A werewolf attacks the two during their travel while walking on the moors, despite warnings from the locals.

AWIL’s first transformation scene practical effects and character makeup earned makeup artist Rick Baker his first Academy Award Oscar for Best Makeup.