Considered a comedy horror film directed by Anthony Waller, An American Werewolf in Paris was stuck in development for six years! Waller had to co-writers Tim Burns and Tom Stern to help out with this much anticipated sequel to the John Landis film An American Werewolf in London and was shot in the UK, Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, and the United States.
The film revolves around our hero, Andy McDermott (Tom Everet Scott), who is a hapless tourist seeking excitement in Paris with his friends Brand and Chris. When atop the Eiffel Tower planning an illegal bungee jump in the middle of the night, the beautiful Serafine (Julie Deply) arrives looking grim and sad. Holding a suicide note she leaps from the top of the Eiffel Tower in an attempt at suicide. Andy leaps off in a heroic gesture and catches Serafine before she meets her doom with a bungee jump.
Andy immediately falls in love and then goes on a stalk the woman of his dreams. Too bad for Andy she’s a werewolf and you kinda get the plot by now I’m sure. Star crosses and cursed from the start let the heart eating commence!
Unlike American Werewolf in London, Rick Baker has nothing to do with the film so it relied on CGI rather than Baker’s Oscar award winning makeup and special effects. It looks and feels completely different, even the chase sequences use a lot of CGI and it really doesn’t look that good.
American Werewolf in Paris never reaches the success of American Werewolf in London but they definitely had the budget to try. This is a great film to watch still. Perfect no, but it’s a good time killer. The acting is good, story-line isn’t a complete lost cause, and it’s good indicator of how a horror franchise can go in the wrong direction right from movie two.
So tie those bungee cords tight and your woman even tighter! This is still a good spooky thrill!
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