John Landis Double Bill
Went to see this last night at The Prince Charles Cinema. This is my favourite cinema, and I’ve mentioned in an early post just how good their double bills are..
The 2 films were Animal House and An American Werewolf in London. Animal House is a zany college comedy starring John Belushi, and is highly recommended. And An American Werewolf in London is simply the best film ever made (although I also tend to say this about Withnail & I, Big Trouble in Little China and The Supergrass).
I first saw it when I was about 10, and I just knew from the title that it was going to be good. Same with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Clockwork Orange.
There are lots of London locations in the film – Hampstead Heath, Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road tube station – and you even get to see my old office in the background at Trafalgar Square.
It has a brilliant soundtrack (as do all John Landis films) – and I’ve mentioned the importance of this film’s soundtrack to me already in this blog post.
It’s also full of great English characters actors, and there are loads of faces to spot – Brian Glover, Rik Mayall and Frank Oz (the voice of Kermit from The Muppets). It also stars the lovely Jenny Agutter – I won’t do the old Railway Children gag – but needless to say, she does get her knickers off here too. In fact, my favourite moment of the evening was during the sex scene in the film; an old man in the audience decided that that was the best time to go and get refreshments. He walked in front of the screen, very very slowly. He was also wearing a bobble hat, which was captured in silhouette across Jenny Agutter’s orgasmic face as she was receiving oral sex from David Naughton.
Anyway, the double bills are usually on downstairs – but this time it was on in the far more salubrious “upstairs screen”. Much fancy lighting and Tom Waits singing “What’s he building in there?”. Cool.
Interestingly for a werewolf film, there were lots of hairy people in the audience. And me.
Then on the way home I realised it was also a full moon. Bonus!
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