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Horror - Monsters

American Werewolf in Paris (1997)

Duration1h 45m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: 
Source of storyThe characters and to an extent the events in AWIL
DirectorAnthony Waller
Writers/ScriptTim Burns, Tom Stern, Anthony Waller and apparently about a dozen other unnamed writers (characters John Landis)
StarringTom Everett Scott, Julie Delpy, Phil Buckman, Julie Bowen, Pierre Cosso, 
RatingsIMDb: 5.1 by 23,229 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 7% by 29 critics. 

 Elevator Pitch: In a series of bazaar events Andy McDermott touring Paris with his brothers is bitten by a werewolf, and is rescued by Serafine, a young woman who he had earlier prevented from committing suicide. Of course he becomes a werewolf and after picking up an American tourist, transforms, kills her and a policeman who is following him. Now he is plagued by the ghosts of both his brother Chris and the young American, Amy, who can only be put to rest if he fulfils certain requirements. When Any and Serafine learn of a rave which is to take place in the crypt of a church they determine to infiltrate it and rescue the potential victims.

Content: There is a bit of sex and some female nudity. Andy and his brothers prepare to bungee jump from the Eiffel Tower and he rescues Serafine in mid air. There after there are many human to werewolf transformations, eventually with the assistance of a serum which has been invented by Serafine’s step-father, and stolen by the werewolf gang who are arranging the gatherings, so that they can transform at will.  One rather alarming event when a werewolf invades a Metro train.

A View: This film was nominated as “Worst Sequel” in the 1997 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, losing out to “Speed 2”, the critics particularly lacked enthusiasm for the CGI werewolves. But the real trouble was the complexity of the plot. Burns and Stern, the original writers, still credited with the work, saw their stuff overwhelmed, and it shows. Very seldom do these films made by committee really succeed, but the action can sometimes make you forget the plot or the lack of it. It ends up as something you could have on for no money while doing something else.

Additional Info: Julie Delpy said she only took the part in order to pay her rent, but she might be telling us why she flashed her boobs.

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