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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 Tax breaks were repealed and filmmakers driven away but London at least had Landis’s hilarious, riotous comedy-horror to show for it.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.”
 

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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


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