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An American Werewolf in London
Transcript of An American Werewolf in London
"Some of the most terrifying monsters are those with primarily human attributes. They emphasize similarity between the monstrous and human, and thus they comment on the behaviors of humankind" (Blake and Cooper 4).
Though Werewolves don't retain human-like appearances after transformation, they fluctuate between human and monster.
2. What does this back-and-forth suggest about human nature (what might it represent)?
What might it further suggest about a tension between human and beast, or human and "monster"?
Two American students take a walking tour of Britain. While in the countryside, one is killed by a Werewolf, the other is attacked. The one who survives later transforms into a werewolf while in London.
"Think about the film's many oppositions--such as man versus animal, city versus country, American versus British, comedy versus horror--and how they might relate to and reflect on one another" (Blake and Cooper 96).
"David does not choose to become a shapeshifter and is powerless before the werewolf curse. By contrast. . . Jacob Black's wolf form provides him with power" (Blake and Cooper 100).
4. How does this consideration affect your reflection on what it means for a "monster" to alternate between human and werewolf form?
Blake, Brandy Ball and Cooper, L. Andrew
"Introduction: Haunting Boundaries." Monsters. Ed. Brandy Ball Blake and L. Andrew Cooper. Southlake: Fountainhead, 2012. 1-8. Print.
Blake, Brandy Ball and Cooper,L. Andrew
"Strange Transformations: John Landis's An American Werewolf in London." Monsters. Ed. Brandy Ball Blake and L.
Andrew Cooper. Southlake: Fountainhead, 2012. 95-100. Print.
3. "How do these differences factor into your understandings of these monsters?" (Blake and Cooper 100).
1. What contrasts do you see in these clips? What do you think they reveal or intend to highlight?