Max Landis spoofs key American Werewolf in London scene for his dad's birthday

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Aug 22, 2014, 8:14 AM EDT (Updated)

Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis just gave his famous director father the best birthday present ever: A sweet home-made version of the human-to-werewolf scene from 1981's An American Werewolf in London, which John Landis himself wrote and directed.  And to further deepen the synchronicity, the Landis pair actually share the same birth date, Aug. 3, and Max wanted to surprise his papa with a hilarious micro-budget take on the film's amazing morphing moment.  

That particular scene, in which David Naughton's character changes into a hairy, slavering werewolf inside a brightly lit London flat to the sad slow notes of Sam Cooke's Blue Moon, is one of the most memorable horror makeup jobs in Hollywood history, heightened by FX wizard Rick Baker's Academy Award-winning magic.

Here's the silly shot-for-shot tribute by Cinefix, in all its rubbery, cheap-@$$, plasticky, stuffed-animal goofiness.  Check it out and stay off the moors!

(Via Geek Tyrant