Monday, July 11, 2011
Iconic Horror Scene: An American Werewolf in London (1981)
This scene is from the greatest werewolf movie of all time, An American Werewolf in London. No movie about lycanthropy will ever compare to this movie, and the majority of the reason for that is because of this scene. It features brilliant special effects by Rick Baker, and is the transformation scene that all other transformation scenes compare to.
It starts out with him sitting alone in his girlfriends apartment, then suddenly, something is wrong. He is in a lot of pain, and he starts taking off his clothes, so he is clearly also getting very hot. Then, comes one of my all-time favorite movie moments. You see his hand start to extend, starting the transformation.
Now that every movie uses CGI, you don't really see practical effects like this anymore. Rick Baker won an Oscar this year for his make-up in the remake of the Wolf Man, but unfortunately the transformations were all CGI, so it didn't look nearly as cool.