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American Werewolf in Paris, An

Tom Everett Scott , Julie Delpy , Anthony Waller    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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On the strength of his Hitchcockian-thriller debut, Mute Witness, writer-director Anthony Waller was hired to direct this belated sequel to the 1981 horror comedy An American Werewolf in London, but lycanthropy in the City of Light just ain't what it used to be. The movie offers plenty of gruesome makeup and special wolf-transformation effects, and there are some effectively spooky moments in the plot involving an underground population of hungry Parisian werewolves. One of them is seductively played by Julie Delpy, who is rescued from attempted suicide by an American tourist (Tom Everett Scott, from That Thing You Do!) but ultimately can't hide her dual identity when darkness falls and the full moon shines. The movie begins well, but gradually succumbs to nonsense and mayhem, prompting critic Roger Ebert to observe that "here are people we don't care about, doing things they don't understand, in a movie without any rules." In other words, you'd have to be a die-hard horror buff to give this one the benefit of the doubt. --Jeff Shannon

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2.0 out of 5 stars Remake werewolf in Paris Oct. 11 2006
Format:DVD
I enjoyed "American Werewolf In London:, but I will admit. This one went all wrong. They should not be afraid in doing a remake on this one. The only traits that I seen in this one that originates from American Werewolf In London, is that the crowd was convincing. No superstition to accentuate this film which should be a signature from the first one. The CGI effects are not bad at all (could be better). I do recommend however, that it is worth watching the first time. If they do a remake I also recommend owning a copy of this one just to have the original. It would be like the movie "The Punisher" which the remake is better. Should do a "An American Werewolf In Germany" (where a lot of werewolf legends overflow for a good night read). Maybe Russia or Scotland?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ouch! Aug. 11 2005
By El Cid
Format:DVD
This movie isn't the badest werewolf movie I ever seen, but it's because there is much competition. This movie is a shame, an error, a disease.
I watch all the werewolf movies I can, and I think this one took all the good stuff in all and use it as badly as possible.
The best thing is possibly that this movie is a racist manifestation against France, where werewolfs in Paris have nothing to do but kill Americans.
Don't think you can at least see good horror scene: this movie is made form children. There is less graphic violence than in Star Wars Episode I. There is at least one scenaric error all the 15 minutes. And all the good stuff is stollen from other movies, mainly «An American Werewolf In London», by far best.
Not he badest, but not far.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weaker Relative of A Strong English Parent Feb. 27 2004
Format:DVD
Thanks to George Gershin's American in Paris, An American Werewolf in Paris was a natural after An American Werewolf in London--I was even calling the first film that as a not terribly funny joke when it came out. American Werewolf in London was a terrific film, breaking new grounds in werewolf transformations--they were truly astonishing, revoltingly gory bubbling hideous seeping stretching changes that made the audience realize how truly horrifying and painful becoming a werewolf would be. And then there was the lead character's best friend, a tortured corpse who kept decaying in disgusting detail throughout the film. To top it off, all this absolutely innovative and realistic special effects was matched with a smart, funny script, terrific acting, and a witty soundtrack--it's still one of the best horror films ever made.
So it's no surprise that a sequel would be made, and it's no surprise that the sequel falls short, especially given that none of the major personalities involved in the original returned. Directing, script, acting, special effects, music, are all in different and apparently less proficient hands. It's not that American Werewolf in Paris is a bad movie, not by a long shot, but it pales in comparison to its parent.
Two major weaknesses mar the film. The first, and most serious, is that it all too often tries too hard to be funny, and falls flat. Most of the humor is abandoned toward the end in favor of action and at that point the movie improves, but early scenes made me suspect the whole thing was going to be a failure. The second flaw is that the CGI werewolves are really inferior They blend badly with the live action at several points, and frankly it's almost always hard to really make them out, especially their faces.
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By eric_f
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"An American Warewolf In Paris," while not nearly as good as its predecessor "An American Warewolf In London," offers plenty of genuine entertainment to stand on its own. Andy (Tom Everett Scott) and two of his friends travel to Paris. One night while attempting a stunt off the top of the Eiffel Tower, he sees a woman (Julie Delpy) who is about to jump off and fall to her death. He saves her life and is instantly mesmerized by her. But there's something about her that he doesn't know: a full moon will bring out the beast in her, literally. Of course, he eventually gets bitten and the fun begins.
I suppose I should mention the film's shortcomings first and get that out of the way. For one, it relies on CGI for the warewolf scenes. It's rather unconvincing most of the time. And second, the blend of horror and comedy simply does not work as it did in "An American Warewolf In London." Not to overly compare the two, but "An American Warewolf In Paris *is* technically its sequel and therefore must be compared at least somewhat.
But that's really all there is in terms of flaws. Everything else about it works. Tom Everett Scott is great in his role and Julie Delpy is excellent as the mysterious and beautiful woman who steals his heart. And her nude scene, while brief, is certainly a nice bonus!
I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed "An American Warewolf In London" or anyone who just likes a brainless scary flick. It may not be the greatest horror film of all time but it's definitely a lot of fun.
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Maybe I'm easily amused, but I'm a sucker for this setup: a series of winding passages, either the Paris catacombs or the London Underground, a hopelessly lost or naive or frantic victim-to-be, and, at the end of the tunnel, a pair of glowing red eyes. A low, throaty growl, growing to a savage caterwauling as the hunched and hungry beast springs on its terrified prey.
Tasty stuff, and the key ingredients of a fine werewolf film. Not an instant classic that surpasses John Landis's visionary "American Werewolf in London", Anthony Waller's "An American Werewolf in Paris" digs in and gets right about its bloodthirsty business, serving up a stylish and spooky ripping yarn about lycanthropes in the City of Light.
Waller wastes no time with exposition: American friends Brad, Chris and Andy (a poised Tom Everett Scott, later of "Boiler Room" and "The $treet") are traveling across France for debauchery and derring-do. High atop the Eiffel Tower, Andy prevents the suicide of a young, mysterious Frenchwoman named Serafine(an enchanting turn by French actress Julie Delphy), who disappears into the night. Intrigued, Andy & Company track her down to a villa, and before you can say "C'est la vie!" the three Americans have been pulled into an insane world full of snooty waiters, stale baguettes, and flesh-rending werewolves.
Werewolves? Mais oui, mes amis! Seems U.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Anerican Werewolf in Paris
Great twists and turns in a old storey
Published 9 days ago by Susan Kivisalu
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD SEQUEL
THIS IS NOT A GOOD MOVIE. THE ORIGINAL IS 100 TIMES BETTER THAN THIS.THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THIS ARE THE SPECIAL EFFECTS AND JULIE BOWEN, HER PERFORMANCE WAS FUNNY AS HELL.
Published on Dec 30 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This is a terrible movie and it's a shame it's even associated with one of my all time favorites, An American Werewolf in London. Read more
Published on May 13 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars A pathetic attempt at a "Sequel"
This movie is pathetic. you could never compare this to the classic an american werewolf in london, it's just not possible. i only saw it once & that's enough for me.
Published on May 8 2004 by Jason Scherer
5.0 out of 5 stars Serafine cured in the ambulance, maybe?
*spoiler*
Was that injection adrenaline, a stimulant? Opposite of the depressant that caused the instant transformation... Maybe it was an instant cure... Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by V. Lemons
4.0 out of 5 stars FULL MOON FUNNIES
I liked this movie; it's not quite as "novel" as its predecessor, set in London, but it still has some fresh and chilling moments. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Michael Butts
1.0 out of 5 stars WELL, DID ANYONE READ THE SCRIPT FOR THIS ONE?
AN AMERICAN [TOM EVERETT SCOTT] FALLS FOR A FRENCH GIRL [JULIE DEPSY]. JUST ONE PROBLEM, SHE'S A WEREWOLF. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a movie you have to see!
Great fun and very scary sometimes! Maybe the clumsiest and funniest werewolve ever seen on the screen! Buy this and don't hesitate! Great bargain!
Published on Dec 10 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars lousy
Theres nothing worse than computer graphics, not to mention trying to make a make a sequal or re- make call it what you will. sometimes things are better left alone! Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003
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