In the pantheon of werewolf films, a few select movies tend to be singled out as the best entries in the furry sub-genre. One of those is Joe Dante’s The Howling, Another is 2000’s teenage coming-of-age horror flick Ginger Snaps, while a third is of course the 1941 Universal Pictures classic The Wolf Man, which introduced the werewolf concept to the then new medium of film. Perhaps the most celebrated lycanthropic movie in history is John Landis’ 1981 horror/comedy An American Werewolf in London.
Starring David Naughton as a young American traveler who is cursed to become a murderous beast when the moon is full after an unfortunate encounter on the moors leaves him bitten and his friend Jack dead, An American Werewolf in London is generally regarded as not only one of the greatest werewolf movies ever, but one of the greatest horror films of all-time. In other words, if you haven’t seen it, leave this website immediately and go watch it. I’ll wait.
As for the rest of you, you’re likely to either be really excited or really worried after reading the following news. According to Deadline, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s production company Skybound Entertainment is officially prepping a remake of AAWIL, in conjunction with original distributor Universal Pictures. John Landis is on-board as an executive producer of the remake, which makes sense since AAWIL is arguably his magnum opus. Even more interestingly though, Landis’ son Max (Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein) is set to write and direct the project, in what just might be the first case of a son remaking his father’s film.
At this early juncture, it’s obviously unknown just how closely Max Landis will stick to the story his dad penned. Still, it’ll hopefully at least be miles better than the woeful 1997 sequel An American Werewolf in Paris, which featured some of the worst CGI werewolves to ever grace the silver screen.