Saturday, June 12, 2010

An American Werewolf in Paris

An American Werewolf in Paris; Horror comedy, USA/ UK/ Luxembourg/ Netherlans/ France, 1997; D: Anthony Waller, S: Tom Everett Scott, Julie Delpy, Vince Vieluf

Teenager Andy arrives with his friends in Paris in search for girls and already on his first night he manages to save the blond Serafine via bungee-jumping from the Eiffel tower. Andy does get injuries, though, and lands in a hospital, but stumbles upon a mysterious girl in a basement where a party is under way - suddenly, people transform into werewolves and one them bites him. When he wakes up, he finds himself in Serafine's home who explains him that will transform into a werewolf during full moon. Still, he manages to break the curse by killing the werewolf who bit him. Then he marries Serafine.

Humorous horror sequel "An American Werewolf in Paris" is a solid and moderately correct fun, yet predictably lacks highlights and originality, which is why the story seems to "vegetate" a lot in the film. The biggest flaws are the tendency of director Waller to occasionally force trashy-violent scenes without any measure, just to keep the viewers attention in a cheap way, like when Julie Delpy puts a heart in a mixer. However, the film is still more turned towards the happy ending, which is why it is a lot tamer, but also a lot paler in its content-substance than the excellent original from '81, a classic that blended horror and comedy seamlessly, "An American Werewolf in London". The sequel tried to borrow some elements from it, like the hero's vision of his dead friend who advises him, but it rarely reaches to grasp for something more than a watchable fun.


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