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The making of An American Werewolf in London

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  • The making of An American Werewolf in London

    A short interview with John Landis and David Naughton about the making of An American Werewolf in London.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/201...on-john-landis

    Nick

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    I love that film. I remember enjoying the London location spotting particularly. The scenes in Tottenham Court Road tube station were special for me as I knew it very well... and it changed appearance dramatically shortly after - new mosaic tiling on many of the walls, by Eduardo Paolozzi IIRC. There were scenes on Hampstead Heath that were filmed very close to where my friend lived. Picadilly Circus - I often wondered if it had been done at Elstree or somewhere, but I read recently that all the shots were actually at the location - even the stunts with skidding buses, etc.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by StoneAgeMan View Post
      I love that film. I remember enjoying the London location spotting particularly. The scenes in Tottenham Court Road tube station were special for me as I knew it very well... and it changed appearance dramatically shortly after - new mosaic tiling on many of the walls, by Eduardo Paolozzi IIRC. There were scenes on Hampstead Heath that were filmed very close to where my friend lived. Picadilly Circus - I often wondered if it had been done at Elstree or somewhere, but I read recently that all the shots were actually at the location - even the stunts with skidding buses, etc.
      I dont know if all the shots were filmed there but Piccadilly Circus was definately used. I remember an interview with Landis when he said it was the first time the landmakrk had been used as an actual location and not just a backdrop.

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      • #4
        "Stay on the path!"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by John Hamilton View Post

          I dont know if all the shots were filmed there but Piccadilly Circus was definately used. I remember an interview with Landis when he said it was the first time the landmakrk had been used as an actual location and not just a backdrop.
          I think it was used as an actual location in Brannigan (1975) which was before the John Landis film in 1981..

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cassidy View Post

            I think it was used as an actual location in Brannigan (1975) which was before the John Landis film in 1981..
            Maybe Landis hasn't sent that one

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            • #7
              Originally posted by John Hamilton View Post

              Maybe Landis hasn't sent that one
              Sent being the operative word as the Brannigan scene in Piccadilly Circus involved a pillar box.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the link, interesting article ... "Jenny Agutter was a class act", indeed.

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                • #9
                  The Eros Cinema on the very corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Piccadilly Circus is the key building featured in the production. Sure R**LStreets has it as a profile?

                  http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/13073

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                  • #10
                    I regret that I never went to that cinema... but I think my father would have had a fit if I said I'd been there. He warned me about that one!

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