The Large Association of Movie Blogs’ movie of the month for June is the horror classic An American Werewolf in London. I thought I’d celebrate this - and get another viewing of the flick under my belt before I write something up - by watching the movie under the full moon, which happens to be this Monday, June 4. Any and all Lammies participating in the shenanigans (pieces are due before June 17) are welcome to join me. Not in real life, of course. My place is too small.
What better way to promote this full moon fiesta than by giving the flick the famous Favorite Scene Friday treatment?!
Our scene finds American backpackers David and future ghost Jack (you got your werewolf movie in my ghost flick! You got your ghost flick in my werewolf movie!) after they’ve been forced out of the Slaughtered Lamb, a local watering hole in England for werewolf haters. It isn't long before David and Jack have wandered off the road and onto the moors, which is exactly what the denizens of the Slaughtered Lamb warned them not to do.
The great thing about this clip is the dark/foggy atmosphere and the suspense. There’s nothing scarier to me than what I can’t see, and the fact that most of this scene is simply the terrified expressions on David and Jack’s faces and the cries of the prowling werewolf means that my mind is free to imagine its worst.
I love the camerawork in the scene, the way it pans around the boys and tracks/cranes down and towards them at around 0:40. It all helps with the buildup of the tension, which culminates in one of the most vicious and unexpected attacks in horror history. Just when you thought it was safe to laugh about falling on your ass.
Enjoy the scene and have a great weekend. If you plan on watching the movie on Monday, please let me know in the comments below. And if you're on Twitter, don't forget the LAMB Movie of the Month hashtag - #lambmotm. And beware the moon...