An American Werewolf in London

Question: When David lands on his knees I see his feet move to position. Does David bend his feet, or does the wolf? When his hand begins to get ready to change his fingers bend, or is this the same as his feet?

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Chosen answer: David has no control over his actions. Whatever physical position he assumes is the result of the transformation that is underway, changing him into a werewolf.

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Question: When David transforms, why do his eyes stay shut through most of the change except when his hand changes?

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Chosen answer: David has his eyes closed because of the excruciating pain he's experiencing. His eyes open to see his hand change because it's cinematically and visually cool to see his own reaction to what's going on. That's how director John Landis directs!

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Question: When David is starting to turn into a werewolf, he sees his entire body starting to change. So why is it that when he is talking to Alex the next morning he can't remember it happening and the last thing he remembers is reading a book?

Chosen answer: Traumatic events have a tendency to disrupt the memory - people who have been involved in a car accident, for example, often have no memory of the events leading up to the accident, even though they would obviously have perceived those events at the time. The physical and mental stresses of the werewolf transformation have clearly disrupted David's memories in a similar fashion.

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Question: When David is flicking through the channels on the TV, I am sure you can see a guy standing to his left, just on the other side of the curtain. (If you look behind his head, you may be able to see his mouth and nose.) Can anyone tell me if they see this too, or am I wrong?

Chosen answer: There is nobody there. The only thing behind David's head is a poster of an actor.

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Quotes

Alex: David, please be rational. Let's go and see Dr. Hirsch.
David: Yeah, be rational. Sure. I'm a fucking werewolf, for Christ's sake.

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Mistakes

In Jacks first appearance to David in the hospital room, Jack uncovers the food on the tray and takes a piece of toast from another plate on the tray. The silver cover on the tray changes position throughout the scene in various shots. Sometimes the cover is resting partly on the tray and sometimes flat on the tray table surface.

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Trivia

Rick Baker originally wanted the werewolf to be a bipedal werewolf. John Landis refused and said that it had to be a four-legged hound from hell.

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