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Base Camp’s World of Horror: An American Werewolf in London

Twisted comedy fuses with timeless practical FX in this 1981 classic.

Base Camp

4th December 2021 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

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Twisted comedy fuses with timeless practical FX in this 1981 classic. Thrill as a pair of American backpackers fail to heed the warnings of threatening locals and become prey to a mythical beast on the Yorkshire Moors.

Considering how many people get mauled to death during its runtime, American Werewolf is a really funny film and although director John Landis is from the other side of the pond, he’s got a talent for capturing our more buttoned-up national traits and mining them for comedic gold (first-time viewers will discover just how polite a Brit can remain in spite of the fact that his face has been eaten by a werewolf).

These comedy moments somehow blend perfectly with American Werewolf’s grimmer elements, brought to life by FX legend Rick Baker. There’s nothing left to be said about the iconic transformation scene; instead, attention should be drawn to the film’s eponymous monster which we reckon, forty years on from release, still remains cinema’s greatest werewolf. This one stands tall as one of the definitive horror-comedies. Unmissable? Yep!

This is just one of 12 international horror films being screened as part of our World of Horror season.

Don’t miss a single screening with our mega value season ticket available below.

Base Camp’s World of Horror is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.

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