Day 11 - My Favorite Horror Comedy
An American Werewolf In London
Everyone should have a dead best friend. It would keep us in check.
Is this movie a horror comedy? Probably not. But do I laugh when I watch it? Yes.
|John Belushi "Animal House"|
|Michael Jackson's Thriller|
|l-r: Jack (Griffin Dunne) and David (David Naughton)|
|"The Slaughtered Lamb. Where's the Lamb?"|
Another awkward moment (admit it, awkward is funny, when it's not happening to you) is early on when they stop off at the Slaughtered Lamb. Who names a pub the Slaughtered Lamb?! Jack's response to the sign is hilarious as he asks not only where the lamb is, but what kind of marketing they think they're using. Things turn intense as they enter, realizing that the barmaid and the patron all carry a secret about their little village. Shortly before they leave they are warned, "Stick to the roads, stay clear of the moors....beware the moon."
Clearly, some funky stuff is going on here. Does this startle the guys? Heck no! This just means they're going to continue hiking and making jokes about the moors. Upon the first howl, though, the two guys become consumed with fear. But even in their fear, they're still cracking jokes at one another. Maybe it's because it keeps them calm? Doesn't matter. It makes me laugh and it feels very realistic.
|Zombie-Ghost Jack (Griffin Dunne)|
Yeah, I can own up.
|Decomposing Jack (Dunne) and David (Naughton)|
Even David's nightmares, vivid and violent, are quite goofy.
So we have a very serious situation, scary and with intense effects. This is beautifully mixed in with a matching soundtrack about moons - whether it be a blue moon, a dancing moon, or a rising bad moon - a zombie/ghost friend who continually makes wise cracks, funky dreams about the Muppets and green military monsters, a naked morning after (trapped in a zoo) and to top it all of we have two detectives from Scotland Yard who have that whole British humor down pat. You can't tell me that this is not funny!
The movie does not end on a funny note - unless you count an instant roll of credits accompanied by The Marcel's version of Blue Moon. (There are three different versions of this song in the movie.) The death scenes can be pretty scary. Maybe funny or comedy isn't the word I'm thinking with this.
|John Landis - Writer and Director|
Clever. That's the word.
Sure, An American Werewolf in Paris may actually be funnier, but it wasn't cleverly funny. the humor was too obvious. This one has it hiding in the cracks of dialogue, soundtrack and character.
Maybe it's the movies quotes that keep me coming back for more.
By the way, for those of you who feel as though you can never accomplish anything by talent and luck alone... John Landis was a high school drop out.