When moviegoers first saw “An American Werewolf in London,” many didn’t know how to process the bizarre film. Since director John Landis was well-known for making comedies, most people expected a horror spoof, and it came as a shock that the film was actually an attempt at genuine horror — and more surprising still that it succeeded in genuinely frightening the audience.
Without a doubt, the movie has its humorous and lighthearted moments, yet these scenes are brilliantly intertwined with a macabre tragedy that makes you feel sympathy for the lead character even as he becomes a terrifying monster who slaughters innocents without mercy. The film, with its seemingly out of place components, may have been considered odd at first, but it didn’t take long for it to be appreciated by the masses as the unique horror masterpiece it really is. This is the untold truth of “An American Werewolf in London.”