American Werewolf in Paris [Import]
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on May 13 2004
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
Was that injection adrenaline, a stimulant? Opposite of the depressant that caused the instant transformation... Maybe it was an instant cure... Read more
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 morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by Michael Butts
AN AMERICAN [TOM EVERETT SCOTT] FALLS FOR A FRENCH GIRL [JULIE DEPSY]. JUST ONE PROBLEM, SHE'S A WEREWOLF. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
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