An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Screenplay Genre: Horror

Movie Time: 97 minutes

1. INCITING INCIDENT
After getting kicked out of the Slaughtered Lamb, friends David Kessler (David Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) end up lost on the Moors in England. As they wander in the night, they realize they have forgotten to heed the advice of those in the pub: stick to the roads, keep clear of the Moors and most importantly, beware the moon. As they hurry back to the road, they are attacked by a werewolf. Jack is killed and David is bitten before the beast is shot dead. (00:16:40)

2. LOCK IN (End of Act One)
While recovering in a hospital in London, David is visited by his undead friend Jack who tells David that he will be forced to walk the Earth in limbo unless the curse of the wolf is lifted and its bloodline ended. David learns that he is the last werewolf, and Jack urges him to take his life before the next full moon or else David will transform and kill innocent people. (35:00)

3. FIRST CULMINATION (Midpoint)
David spends the day in nurse Alex Price's (Jenny Agutter) apartment trying to whittle away the hours leading up to nightfall and the full moon, unsure if he will actually turn into a monster. When the moon finally rises, he falls to floor in agony and begins his painful (yet totally awesome!) transformation into a werewolf. He then runs off into the night to hunt his victims. (00:58:50)

4. MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)
David meets Jack in a porno theater where Jack introduces David to all the people he killed the previous night during his “carnivorous lunar activities” thereby confirming that the curse of the werewolf is real. Once again David is urged to kill himself, and his victims try to help by offering ideas for the best way to take his life. Unfortunately, for the city of London, David begins his transformation once again. (1:25:45)

5. THIRD ACT TWIST
After rampaging through Piccadilly Circus as a werewolf, causing massive amounts of death and destruction, David is corned by the police in an alley. Alex busts through the police lines and runs to David, offering to help him and telling him she loves him. The werewolf's eyes soften for a moment as if with understanding, but then it lunges toward Alex before being shot dead in a hail of gunfire. Alex is left in tears, standing over David's human body. (1:32:00)


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