Coming Soon ’81


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16 Responses to “Coming Soon ’81”

  1. Still one of the very best werewolf movies out there.

  2. This reminds THE FUTURIST! of something, Christian …

    in about 10 days and counting …

    it will be …

    SHOCKTOBER !

  3. squeeeee!

    an early start to SHOCKTOBER, perhaps?! a harbinger of things to come? one can only hope (i think christian has a secret list of my fave flicks, freaky)

    and another bonza one-sheet. such a terrific, kickass genre-bending trip of a movie, they just don’t make ’em like they used to (don’t care if that does make me a fuddy duddy, i own my fuddy duddy-ness, i even revel in it from time to time)

  4. didn’t intend to post my comment in the middle there between christian and bruce, not sure how that happened

  5. Yes, a howling reminder that SHOCKTOBER is a’comin’…

    It’s one of the few original posters I own. I love its ominous subtlety and tagline: THE MONSTER MOVIE. Good stuff. The early teaser is even cooler, which I saw once in the theatre:

    • i’ve never seen that teaser before, yay!

      the early sequence on the moors is so brilliant. good grief, when the locals in a pub called ‘the slaughtered lamb’ tell you specifically not to stray from the road onto the moors, you pay attention and do what they say, you silly puffy-coat-wearing dumb-ass nincompoop ninnies!!!!! but what would be the fun in that.

  6. Still one of the best werewolf “transformation” scenes on film to this day….

    And it’s always struck me as odd that although John Landis directed both American Werewolf and Michael Jackson’s “groundbreaking,” ” legendary” THRILLER video, the transformation sequence in the Thriller video doesn’t even compare. It’s cheap and laughable looking. I always wondered what the hell happened there….

    • I like how Landis shoots it in a bright room to contrast the horror and ridiculousness.

      Landis only had one million to shoot THRILLER, AMWIL cost about 10.

  7. how funny, i just watched the ‘thriller’ short the other night on a countdown of the ‘most influential music videos of all time’, it was numero uno — i think aha’s ‘take on me’ was 2 or 3, it was only a few days ago and i’ve already forgotten the line-up, how sad is that. it was my boy’s first time seeing the entire thing so that was cool (he’s so young he has little experience of jackson with dark skin, so every time we see an old michael vid it’s always the same repetitive questions about how michael ended up looking so different, it’s not a difficult thing to explain at all…)

    anywho, i know pretty much diddly squat about the production for landis’ thriller vid, but i’m pretty sure rick baker did the creature effects for both, so perhaps the word ‘cheap’ in describing the thriller effects in comparison to ‘AW in L’ may not be far off, sometimes production values show for exactly what they are. just a guess.

    naughton’s werewolf transformation in ‘london’ is a high freakin bar, absolutely filthy (meaning beyond excellent into transcendent) effects by baker and crew. the wolf itself is very wolf-like, not wolfman-like, which is an interesting choice for the film; it’s humongous but sort of low to the ground and crouchy and slinky, like a huge dog. i think i prefer ‘wolf-man’ werewolves if pressed – like the wolfman in ‘silver bullet’, very upright and man-like and less wolf-like – but i’m a huge sucker for any kind of werewolves, savage and terrifying, love em.

    there’s a special kind of fear in the knowledge that even if ‘the cursed’ is a loved-one who cherishes you in life and would never harm a hair on your head, when the transformation into the savage beast is complete, that’s it; as the wolf, to them you are just another terrified quarry whose head the wolf wouldn’t hesitate to tear off. the beast lusts only for blood and knows/remembers not love.

    • Baker did do the makeup but no genius could make Michael Jackson into a scary wolf-boy.

      And I prefer Rob Bottin’s demonic wolves in THE HOWLING, tho I wish Landis had let us seen more of the beastie.

  8. A stone cold classic to be sure. Love Griffin Dunne’s rapidly decomposing corpse over the course of the film. Nice touch. Gallows humor indeed!

    • The Jack puppet at the the end is one of the greatest make-up efx ever.

      And of course, Rick Baker won the first Oscar for make-up for this.

  9. the opening scene of the movie is maybe one of my favorite scenes ever. when they realize they re not on the trail anymore and the howling starts, comedy turns into sheer horror… amazing poster, thanx xian ;)

    this movie holds another special place in my heart, always because of my mum. she actually didn’t let us see this movie – she brought it from the video shop she was working in, but at breakfast, she told us what happened, like a good horror story… now, this movie had already caught my imagination, because my father used to keep his starfix magazines (famous french sci-fi/horror magazine of the eighties) on top of the living room shelf. i glanced in it, and in this particular issue (not to mention my first glimpse of blade runner) was a stunning shot of the wolf transformation, when he s lying on the floor and he can gets his body moving like a man’s, and bones start changing… i was totally obsessed by that picture, and when my mum left for work this day, with my bro we just disobeyed her orders and started the movie. we only could get to the opening shots… we were so terrified by what my mum told us, about these kids being slaughtered in the moors… ahaha…. one of the best memories of my life : my bro, rushing to eject the tape before the first howling……

  10. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Halloween…

    I first saw the film with my cousin, a macho jock wrestler type. He fidgeted, squirmed, hid his eyes and finally got up and walked out after the dream sequence that ends with David opening his wolfed-out eyes in a hospital bed in the forest. My unfortunate relation’s nerves were shot by that point — he had absolutely no idea how to take the combo of laughs and shocks, which was highly unusual at the time, especially in a wide-release film. Horror comedies existed, but the typical approach was to make monkeys of the monsters, as opposed to nudging your ribs one second and then messily ripping them from your chest the next.

    I wound up seeing the film two or three times in the theater. I have no idea how many viewings I’ve logged since then on cable, VHS and DVD, but it’s a lot. My cousin makes a lot of money, votes Republican and, to the best of my knowledge, still has no sense of humor.

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