Review of An American Werewolf in London

December 2, 2004
Filed under: Audio Drama, Reviews 

An American Werewolf in LondonAn American Werewolf in London
Adapted, written, and directed by Dirk Maggs
Starring Jenny Agutter, John Woodvine, Brian Glover, Eric Meyers, and William Dufris
2 Cassettes – 1 Hour 50 Minutes [AUDIO DRAMA]
ISBN: 0563381035
Date Published: 1997
Published by the BBC
Themes: / Horror / Werewolves / Afterlife /

One of my favorite movies as a kid was John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London. I especially enjoyed the way that humor and horror were mixed to produce a film that both scared me and told me not to take things too seriously.

This BBC Radio adaptation of American Werewolf captured the tone of Landis’ film completely. It might not be surprising since Dirk Maggs’ audio script was based on John Landis’ movie script, but still, it could have turned out much differently and I was pleased to have much the same experience with this audio drama as I did with the movie.

So what’s the point, you ask? I’m not completely sure, but pulling this story off as an audio drama when the film was so visual really showcases the medium’s power.

If you are unfamiliar with the story, it starts with two friends hitchhiking across the moors in England. After a brief stop in a pub they are attacked by a werewolf – one is killed, the other bitten. The survivor becomes the American werewolf of the title.

I enjoyed the performances very much, and my opinion of Dirk Maggs grows with every title I hear. This is out of print at this writing, and is rare. Once I found out it existed, it took me a few months to dig one up.

Posted by Scott D. Danielson

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