While Vampire and zombies have been something of a staple in horror cinema for some time, another legendary breed of monster appears sporadically, is very popular for a short time, and then becomes hard to find again: we’re talking about werewolves. The types that transform into lurid, hairy beasts are currently the subject of much discussion again – thanks to the Marvel special “Werewolf By Night”, which exclusively on Disney+* can be streamed.
Appropriately, right now, in the course of “Werewolf By Night” and just in time for Halloween, another mix of werewolf horror and horror comedy is making its way into German home cinema: A Werewolf In England will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 21, 2022 – and with its title and the design of its cover, it is undoubtedly trying to be close to another well-known werewolf film.
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Because in a hasty moment one could easily confuse “A Werewolf In England”, which finally made it to Germany, with one of the greatest classics of werewolf cinema: “An American Werewolf In London”. However, the darkly funny hit has been around for a long time, now even as a Special edition in 4K*.
The Victorian Era: Archie Whittock (Reece Connolly) is escorted in a carriage to his murder trial. Archie confesses the deed without batting an eyelid to the devout councilor Horace Raycraft (Tim Cartwright), who watches over him – even though he faces the gallows if he is convicted.
However, Archie swears that he killed his victim in self-defense and that it was a werewolf. Horace thinks that’s pure nonsense. When a stormy night falls, the two must stop at an inn near a spooky forest – and it doesn’t take long for Horace to reconsider his doubts about Archie’s statements…
“A Werewolf In England” was released in Great Britain almost exactly two years ago, a little over a year ago the bloody, somewhat grotesque werewolf horror comedy was already shown in German cinemas as part of the Obscura Film Festival Hannover. But it is only now that the English werewolf film is making its way into home cinemas. Directed and written by Charlie Steeds, A Werewolf In England specializes in low-budget horror with a British flair.
He filmed the mutant fish horror Mutant River, set in rural Britain, and the self-explanatory title The Haunting Of The Tower Of London. “An American Werewolf In London” comes from “Blues Brothers” director John Landis. The 1981 horror cult follows two New York teenagers who are attacked by a werewolf on the English moors. One dies, one becomes a werewolf himself – with gruesome, sometimes maliciously comical consequences and an unforgettable transformation sequence…
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