Where do I even start to praise this cult classic? Maybe I should start from the make up, which in its full 80s glorious splendour, it's not a shock that Rick Baker won the academy award for it, a bit more astonishing is the fact that it was the first of its kind as an Oscar for makeup never crossed anybody’s mind before.
I know you think I'm cool as hell but I'm actually a big dork, one thing that actually gets me really excited is watching movies that are set in a place I'm familiar with so you can imagine my bliss in seeing some scenes shot in the streets of London, where I live. The ones that made me especially giddy are: David chasing a poor commuter through the Tottenham Court Road Tube (AKA Subway for the non British readers) Station, David almost slitting his wrist in a red phone box just near the Cupid Fountain, David trying to get arrested in the middle of Trafalgar Square and the magnificent cars and humans pile up in Piccadilly Circus, that David caused if you were wondering.
One thing I really appreciate in a film with dark tones is a cheerie soundtrack which this one has from start to finish, especially loved the three versions of Blue Moon, performed by Bobby Vinton on the opening credits, by Sam Cooke when he’s becoming a werewolf for the first time and my personal favourite, by The Marcels over the end credits. The only issue I have with this movie, if I really have to pick at something, is the end that I think needed more closure. So annoying.
Written by Magali Fazio
The trailer for this film is horrendous so here's the song David Naughton and Griffin Dunne thought should have been included in the score.