The first workshop in the Introduction to Screenwriting series is now available as a downloadable pack under Resources

An American Werewolf in London screenplay

The complete screenplay of An American Werewolf in London with script notes.

The Script

An American Werewolf in London Screenplay (PDF).

Script notes

One of the classic monster movies, Landis' Werewolf is clever and stylish with a great mix of humour, action, character and violence. Landis directed the 1981 film as well, giving Jenny Agutter one of her best roles and throwing the cinematic eye onto the American tourist, the 1980s and the general sex-obsessed, irreverance of youth.

The script includes many of the self-aware moments of the film, including the often-noted use of a soundtrack containing only songs with moon somewhere in the title. Landis' werewolf is violent and gory, beastly and animalistic, and the transformation from human to beast is one of the greatest ever examples of physical special effects, makeup and prosthetics from the days before computer graphics were king.

John Landis is, perhaps, better known as a director than as a writer, but his writing is extremely well structured and contains some lovely characters and dialogue, Werewolf is among his best work as a scribe.

"Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare."

Alfred Hitchcock