Whenever anyone thinks about this movie, they always go right to Rick Baker’s Oscar winning makeup effects. Yes, I said OSCAR winning… for a horror movie. I know, shocking, considering the Academy usually looks at horror movies like they’re a flaming pile of shit on their doorstep. But the award was given for good reason. The werewolf transformation scene was absolutely groundbreaking, and for 1982, there honestly was nothing else like it that had ever been seen before. It still, today, is pretty phenomenal, I gotta say. Zero CGI. Zero. Hear that kids? Yeah, deal with that! But let’s talk about the rest of the movie. Talk about entertaining as all hell. It’s funny. It’s scary. It’s slapsticky. It’s an amalgamation of numerous genres and it’s all the awesomer for it. Hell, it has an undead best friend that just slowly decomposes throughout the movie, yet still seems to be so cheery about it. It has the “I’m a Pepper” guy in his only real leading role. But this is John Landis’ movie, his best in my opinion (yes, even better than Animal House.) His trademark quirkiness is all over this baby. So yeah, if it’s quirkiness in a horror/werewolf movie that you desire, look no further. It’s a unique and fun flick that everyone should see. If you haven’t seen this pivotal horror classic, dammit, come on. One further note, there was actually a great documentary that came out looking back at the making of it 25 years later called, “Beware the Moon: Remembering an American Werewolf in London.” For those who are already fans, you might want to give that a looksee as well.