An American Werewolf in London

Continuity mistake: 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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Continuity mistake: In the scene where David (as a werewolf) exits the theatre, causing general havoc and mayhem, a car crashes into the one in front of it, sending the "driver" through the windshield. If you watch closely (or use slo-mo), you'll see that the driver goes through the windshield just before hitting the car in front of him (or her).

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Factual error: Though it's set in England, hospital personnel use American terms like "charts" and "orderly". In any British hospital these should be "case notes" and "porter", respectively .

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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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Trivia: When the movie was first being shown in theaters, the marquee read, "From the director of Animal House...A Different Kind of Animal." This lead many movie patrons to believe that it was another comedy film. Apparently, people ran out of the theaters in terror when they saw that it was really a horror movie.

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Trivia: In nearly every John Landis film, you can see or hear the phrase "See you next Wednesday." In this film, it's an adult film.

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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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Jack: Your parents came to my funeral. I was surprised at how many people came.
David: Why should you be surprised? You were a very well liked person.
Jack: Yeah. I was, wasn't I?
David: Well, I liked you.
Jack: Debbie Kline cried a lot.
David: God, am I asleep now, awake or what?
Jack: So-So you know what she does? She's so grief stricken, she runs to find solace in Mark Lavine's bed.
David: Mark Lavine?
Jack: An asshole. Life mocks me even in death.

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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.

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 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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