iTunes this movie has been on rental only for months. When will it be available to buy???
David Kessler (David Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) arrive in Northern England at the beginning of their college vacation for a three month walking tour. One night, they become lost in the rain on the desolate English moors. Looking up at the moon, they hear an unearthly howl. They turn to run as a huge animal tears out of the darkness and attacks Jack. Three weeks later David awakens to a new nightmare: Jack, who was killed, returns to warn David that a werewolf was their assailant - and that David has become the last of their werewolves!
What is going on? Why on earth is this not available to buy? I want to replace my missing dvd. I don’t want to ‘rent’ it. Sort it out Apple.
A long time before the teenage repackaging of supernatural horror films, with sanitised scripting and all existential questions reduced to adolescent angst, genuinely adult vampire and werewolf stories were being made for big and small screens. Louis Jourdan and Frank Finlay in the BBC’s (1977) ‘Count Dracula’ was one such; John Landis’ ‘An American Werewolf in London’ (1981) was another. These films (and others like them) may seem dated in their ‘special effects’, as we have become so used to computer generated imagery and animation, but their acting, direction, scripting and lighting are all far superior to modern versions, despite the CGI. In fact, the latter has allowed poor acting, lacklustre direction and clichéd, unoriginal scripting to become the norm, whilst we are (literally) blinded by the illusions of special effects.
Landis created a masterpiece of horror cinema with this film, thanks to superb direction, brilliant lighting and cinematography. The musical score by Elmer Bernstein is evocative and eerie, but hauntingly beautiful. The script never tips over into parody, but is funny at points (Jack’s greeting to David with Mickey Mouse is a juxtaposition that results in moment of perfect comic horror and the patrons of ‘The Slaughtered Lamb’ are hilarious). The ‘special effects’, particularly Rick Baker’s werewolf transformation, have never been equalled, only endlessly copied (even by Landis and Baker themselves, when making ‘Thriller’ with Michael Jackson, another unequalled example, in pop video culture).
The real key to the success of this film and it’s excellence, however, is the acting. The cast is marvellous; Jenny Agutter and John Woodvine are exceptional and wonderfully ‘British’, David Naughton and Griffin Dunne pull off the American ingenue in Britain convincingly and enjoyably. Brian Glover, David Schofield and an early appearance by Rik Mayall, are all marvellous as the deeply suspicious of strangers, somewhat threatening drinkers and chess players in an atmospheric village pub, that fall silent when the young Americans enter; a clever homage to the saloon bar of many Hollywood ‘westerns’.
All the characters are absolutely believable and, like all good ‘monster movies’, we care about them and what happens to them; ultimately this film transcends itself to become a passion play, a tragedy in the best sense.
Why only for rent?
AMAZING FILM. But that aside...
This film was available to buy recently, now its back to just rent?
Shame it’s only for rent
Now this is a werewolf film, not Twilight or any other pretender "ok The Howling isn't far behind" but AAWIL just raise's the bar where other's even with today's high budget CGI couldn't muster. And it's a shame because this was made in the 80's the early 80's at that and capture's british culture so well. Amazing FX thank to Genius Rick Baker a great soundtrack and directed by John Landis and it show's.
I see Apple have finally made this brilliant film available to buy after many, many months of people requesting this.
Unfortunately for them, Amazon now have included it on their Prime membership! I don’t have to buy the film now!
You missed a trick there Apple! You could have had my money for this film but you blew it. My advice - PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE REVIEWS APPLE!!!
Have waited a while to Buy .... nice to see it in HD great story a tounge in cheek horror classic !
Christmas has come early ... we can buy so buy buy buy
Such a great movie and still top of the genre. So glad this is finally available to buy! Bravo iTunes!!
A fantastic horror film BUT what the heck are ITunes playing at with making it only available to rent People want to own this film as reflected in the review - sort it out and dont charge £13.99 !!!
I want to buy not rent !!!!
Five stars for the film,but why oh why can't we buy it?
Come on iTunes get your act togeather.
For goodness sake iTunes, make it available for us to buy. There is a high demand for people to own this brilliant and classic horror movie. Release the film, to purchase and not just rent! I will then, give you a rating of 10 stars!
Nothing to say. This is a true classic. Make it so we can buy it please!!!!
Yep just to reflect what everybody is saying, waited an age for this to come to iTunes, disappointed such a classic film is not available to buy and also no iTunes Extras???!!!! Come on Apple you can do better than this!
One of my favorite movies, so disappointed it's still only available to rent.
BUY NOT RENT. LISTEN TO US PLEASE!!!!!
Want to buy this title!
This film, as others have said is a true classic. I've waited for this film for ages. Now this film, such as with many of the other films I would buy, has been available for ages on iTunes American site BOOOOOOOO!!!!
Why are we second class citizens here? Itunes blame the film companies. Who do they blame? Yes, Itunes. iTunes could simply refuse to sell anything from a company that won't allow HD movies to be sold in all areas. The film distributors have FAR more to loose.
I'm fed up either not having a film at all, only being able to rent it, which I can get for free on Amazon or Netfilx, or only being able to buy it in SD.
iTunes I want to buy, but your making it hard not to 'rip'.
This is a film I grew up with and truly love. This is a classic horror film from the 80s. I have been searching on iTunes for ages for this Could not find it until now and I can only rent 🙁. Come on iTunes get your act together this film will sell well I'm not the only person looking for this. Although it regrets me to say this I can watch this film on Amazon TV free of charge with prime. So why can you make this film available to buy. Why is it such an issue please sort this out I want to buy in HD and have to Watch when I want not rent. This is a true classic film please iTunes make it available to buy.🤗🤗🤗
Brilliant classic with special effects that stand the test of time......... Why can't we purchase?
About time this came to itunes but why can't we purchase as this is a true CLASSIC