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An American Werewolf in London

£495.00

Film

An American Werewolf in London

Additional information

Year

1981

Size/Type

Limited Edition Fine Art Print – Alternative Movie Poster, Hand-Signed Artist Proof (AP)

Country of Origin

UK / British

Condition

Near Mint / Single Sided / Flat & Unfolded (as issued)

Director

John Landis

Actor/Actress

Albert Moses, Brian Glover, David Naughton, Frank Oz, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, John Woodvine, Lila Kaye, Linzi Drew, Mary Tempest, Rik Mayall

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“Stay on the road…Keep clear of the moors…Beware the moon, lads.”

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John Landis’ “An American Werewolf in London” is one of the best werewolf movies ever made, full of dark humour and gory thrills. As most people know, this has one of the best human/werewolf transformation scenes in cinematic history. Unlike modern monster/horror movies of today, this film has no CGI or computer-aided special effects; what you see on the screen is a physical production made piece for which Rick Baker won the Oscar. This signed Artist Proof (AP) alternative movie poster by Graham Humphreys is a proper horror poster. Humphreys has cleverly included all the main characters, David (Naughton) becoming the werewolf and the suitably named ‘Slaughtered Lamb’. Presented in excellent condition this rolled (as issued) example displays superbly and is an impressive piece of horror poster artwork and is a hugely desirable alternative movie poster.

For Graham’s thoughts and inspiration for the poster design checkout this superb interview with Dread Central.

Trivia: Rick Baker claimed to have been disappointed by the amount of time spent shooting the face changing shot for the transformation after having spent months working on the mechanism. John Landis only required one take lasting about seven seconds. Baker felt he had wasted his time until seeing the film with an audience that applauded during that one seven second shot.

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Film Description

An American Werewolf in London Movie Poster

“On the moors, we were attacked by a lycanthrope, a werewolf. I was murdered, an unnatural death, and now I walk the earth in limbo until the werewolf’s curse is lifted.” 

The most important thing to note about An American Werewolf in London is that it is more of a pure horror-comedy than any other film in history. It isn’t a spoof of the genre like “Scary Movie”, nor is it cartoon-ish to the point of being silly and humorous like “Evil Dead II”; instead it truly is a seamless blend of the genres. There are equal amounts of true horror and ingenious comedy in this 1981 John Landis classic, making it a unique and unforgettable film that will live on for generations to follow…The story is simple, a couple of friends are backpacking in England and land up on the creepy moors, the get attacked by a werewolf. One of them dies and the other becomes a werewolf. While being treated for his injury, the bitten but not dead party David Kessler, played to perfection by David Naughton, meets the film’s female lead, the always lovely Jenny Agutter, and a series of tragic, horrific, and often hilarious events follow. In a technical sense it is excellent, the effects and the Oscar-winning makeup hold up well to this day and the cinematography is excellent, as evident during the werewolf attack scene in the subway. The soundtrack, basically a collection of pop-rock songs about the moon works excellently in an offbeat, surreal manner, working both as accompaniment to the film and comic relief and adding to the film’s unique quality…Apparently some people find werewolves scary, which is the only plausible reason for the genre to enjoy continued popularity to this day. Personally, I never found them all that interesting or frightening, they’re just men who turn into wolves, after all. The genre films they have spawned have seemingly only gone from bad to worse, with some notable exceptions- the 1941 classic “The Wolf Man” and Neil Marshall’s superb “Dog Soldiers” come to mind immediately. An American Werewolf in London transcends the horror genre; it’s an ingenious mix of horror, comedy, and romance that has never been equaled, and when I say mix, I mean a truly seamless blend. It really is all its genres at once, which can’t be said for many (if any) other films, and it just serves to widen its appeal and make it probably the greatest werewolf film of all time. This is often remembered as a comedy, sadly, which might diminish popular opinion. It isn’t only a comedy, or only a horror film, it is both simultaneously, and in equal parts, making it quite unlike any other film ever made. Most certainly a ‘must-see’.

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LOBBY CARD
11 x 14″ printed on heavy stock paper. Used as display in theatre lobbies. Originally made in sets of eight. Some sets have a title card, which contains credits and artwork, essentially a mini-poster. The remaining seven cards are coloured photographic credits and poster artwork showing different scenes from the movie.

WINDOW CARD
14 x 22″ printed on heavy stock paper with the top 4-6 inches usually left blank for the local cinema owner to fill in the cinema and the date it was due to play. Largely discontinued during the 1970’s.

HALF SHEET
22 x 28″ printed on heavy stock paper. The image displayed is normally a smaller version of the main poster, although some do have different artworks and sometimes come in two versions.

INSERT
14 x 36″ printed on heavy stock paper. Inserts usually have the same artwork as a one sheet. Popular with collectors since they are smaller and easier to frame. Normally come tri folded or rolled.

STYLE Y/FORTY BY SIXTY
40 x 60″ printed on heavy stock paper. Rare since they were primarily used for major motion pictures only. Designed to be used outside the theatre, on an easel, normally at a drive-in movie theatre.

ONE-SHEET
27 x 41″ printed on paper. This is the most common size of poster, intended to be displayed in a glass “marquee” case. It is the most sought after size by collectors. Since the 1980’s most posters are sent to the theatre rolled and maybe slightly smaller measuring 27″ by 40″ and with the advent of backlit light boxes a growing number of modern movie posters are available double-sided and the more traditional single-sided.

THREE-SHEET
41 x 81″ printed on paper. These were printed on two or three separate sheets designed to overlap, few survive. Used for larger advertising spaces, normally posted on walls, perfect for huge movie theatres the drive-in, where people could see them from a distance. From the 1970’s on, three-sheets were sometimes printed in one piece and issued as “international” versions to be used abroad.

BRITISH Posters

BRITISH QUAD
30 x 40″ Most common poster size used in the UK. British Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US one sheet. Like a US one sheet they normally come in two versions. Like a US one sheet they are usually supplied single-sided or more commonly now as a double sided poster.

BRITISH ONE-SHEET
27 X 40″, printed on paper. Very rarely used size.

ITALIAN Posters

ITALIAN LOCANDINA
13 x 28″ six inches shorter than the US insert, very nice size to frame. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.

ITALIAN PHOTOBUSTA
18 x 26″ Glossy, high quality, used as lobby cards in Italy. Size may vary, either vertical or horizontal format. There are also double Photobusta or mini Photobusta.

2-FOGLIO (DUE)
(DUE): 39 x 55″ This is the standard poster size used in Italy. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.

4-FOGLIO
(QUATTRO) 55 x 79″ Very large Italian poster printed in two pieces, often contains very beautiful artwork.

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FRENCH
47 x 63″ (GRANDE) or 24 x 33″ (PETITE) French movie posters normally come with different artwork to either the US or the UK. Like the Italian’s some of the artwork is extrememly beautiful.