Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: Get 6 Issues For £15
Get Empire magazine today and save money!
Feature
30 More Great Behind The Scenes Photos
Pulling back the curtain on cinema's greatest movies

submit to reddit

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)

Recalling his American Werewolf shoot in a Guardian interview, John Landis, seen here scaling Eros in Piccadilly Circus, described the production as a kind of tail-end Charlie for Britain’s moviemaking boom. “Warren Beatty was shooting Reds here [at the time]”, he said, “and there was also another little film in progress called Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Maggie Thatcher put a stake through the heart of [it].” Tax breaks were repealed and filmmakers driven away but London at least had Landis’s hilarious, riotous comedy-horror to show for it. “I put on a free screening of The Blues Brothers in Leicester Square and invited 300 members of the Metropolitan police,” he remembers. “They loved it - and, whaddaya know, suddenly I had permission to shoot in Piccadilly Circus.”
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Back 14 of 30 Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1
American Werewolf wasn't a comedy it was a horror with elements of humour just like in real life More

Posted by hi charlie on Monday July 8, 2013, 14:51

2 Sabrina
Bogart and Wilder 'eventually made up years later...' I doubt it - Bogart died in January 1957. I suppose it depends how you define 'years later'. More

Posted by kenrick on Tuesday July 2, 2013, 17:06

3 Once Upon a Time in the West
Mourn JFK in 1968! RFK surely? More

Posted by kenrick on Tuesday July 2, 2013, 16:57

4 + more pedantry (American Werewolf)
The statue at Piccadilly Circus is actually of Eros' brother, Anteros More

Posted by mytvisevil on Thursday June 27, 2013, 11:20

5 300 + 1?
Time for another work experience bod to check some facts I think - Theron (Dominic West) didn't trot off to fight Xerxes! He stayed at home to lock "horns" with Cersei! More

Posted by kevtiggersmith on Thursday June 27, 2013, 04:13

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)