John Landis

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An American Werewolf in London at 40: John Landis’s crafty creative peak
The 1981 horror-comedy has endured as a result of its gnarly effects and goofy comedy but it’s the film’s surprising restraint that remains most impressive

Guy Lodge

21, Aug, 2021 @6:23 AM

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Rule of six: what did Boris Johnson mean by 'Animal House parties'?
PM used 1978 John Landis film as shorthand for kind of gatherings that would pose ‘serious threat to public health’

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

17, Sep, 2020 @12:44 PM

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Dan Aykroyd and John Landis: how we made The Blues Brothers
‘For some of the crew working nights on the film, cocaine was almost like coffee. I never liked it myself but I wasn’t going to police others’ behaviour’

Interviews by Simon Bland

03, Aug, 2020 @2:06 PM

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The Blues Brothers at 40: a manic musical romp that still sings today
John Landis struck gold with his madcap 1980 comedy, a masterpiece of choreographed destruction with a killer soundtrack

Scott Tobias

22, Jun, 2020 @6:25 AM

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Lockdown watch: John Landis on seeking solace in Zero Mostel movies
Continuing our series of expert recommendations for self-isolation, Blues Brothers director John Landis on Panic in the Streets, The Producers and the delights of early 1930s horror

John Landis

31, Mar, 2020 @1:28 PM

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John Landis on the making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller: ‘I was adamant he couldn’t look too hideous’
Thriller had been out for a year when the king of pop asked the director of An American Werewolf in London to direct a video for its title track. The result helped turn an already huge record into the biggest ever

John Landis

31, Aug, 2017 @3:52 PM

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How we made An American Werewolf in London
David Naughton: ‘I was running round naked in the London Zoo wolf cage. Thankfully, they had been fed’

Interviews by Jack Watkins

12, Jun, 2017 @3:59 PM

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The 50 funniest films… chosen by comedians
From the canonical to the controversial, and in no particular order, we asked 10 standups to pick 50 movies that make them giggle. They made some surprising choices…

18, Dec, 2016 @9:30 AM

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An American Werewolf in London to be remade by original director's son
Max Landis, son of John, will write and direct modern version of 1981 comedy-horror film about two backpackers who are attacked by a werewolf

Alan Evans

08, Nov, 2016 @11:03 AM

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When Hollywood goes rock – five videos by star movie directors
Radiohead unveiled a new clip by Paul Thomas Anderson on Thursday. But when star directors meet musicians, success is not guaranteed …

Michael Hann

16, Sep, 2016 @2:04 PM

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My guilty pleasure: Trading Places

Eddie Murphy steals every scene and redeems this role-reversal comedy, with its toe-curling scenes of blacking-up, a cliched tart with a heart, and gorilla-human rape

Hadley Freeman

08, Apr, 2014 @6:30 AM

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Director John Landis attacks Hollywood studio system
Blues Brothers director says studios ‘are no longer interested in making good movies’, and looks to TV for innovation

Ben Child

25, Nov, 2013 @11:48 AM

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