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An American werewolf in Paris (1997)

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An American Werewolf in Paris (the "An" does not appear in the title scene) is a 1997 comedy horror film directed by Anthony Waller, screenplay by Tim Burns, Tom Stern, and Waller, and starring Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy.

It follows the general concept of, and is a sequel to, John Landis's 1981 film An American Werewolf in London. The film is an international co-production between companies from the United States, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

An American Werewolf in Paris

Director: Anthony Waller

Anthony Waller, known for his work on "Mute Witness," brought a distinctive style to "An American Werewolf in Paris." Waller's direction in the film is notable for its attempt to balance humor with horror, and while it leans more towards the comedic aspects, it still maintains enough elements of horror to keep fans of the genre engaged

. His approach to the werewolf mythology is both respectful of its roots and inventive in its new setting.

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Romance

"An American Werewolf in Paris" fits into multiple genres. Primarily, it is a horror film, with the central theme revolving around werewolves and the terror they invoke. However, unlike traditional horror films that focus solely on inducing fear, this movie incorporates significant elements of comedy and romance.

The humor is quirky and sometimes dark, and the romance adds a layer of complexity to the characters and their motivations.

An American Werewolf in Paris

The Plot

Andy McDermott is a tourist seeing the sights of Paris with his friends Brad and Chris. When Serafine Pigot leaps off the Eiffel Tower just before Andy is about to bungee jump, he executes a mid-air rescue.

She vanishes into the night, leaving Andy intrigued. That night, Andy, Chris, and Brad attend Club de la Lune, a nightclub hosted by Serafine's friend Claude.

Serafine is not present, so Chris volunteers to go back to her house. He frees her from a cell in the basement and is locked in it. He escapes after finding a legless werewolf confined to a bed.

The club's owner, Claude, is actually the leader of a werewolf society that uses the club as a way to lure in people to be killed. Serafine arrives, tells Andy to run away, and transforms into a werewolf.

The club owners transform into werewolves as well and butcher all the guests, including Brad.

The next day, Andy wakes up at Serafine's house. She tells him he is transforming into a werewolf. This revelation is interrupted by the ghost of Serafine's mother. Andy jumps out the window in panic and runs away. Chris tries to get his attention, but Claude kidnaps him.

Brad's ghost appears to Andy and explains his werewolf condition. For Andy to become normal again, he must eat the heart of the werewolf that bit him, and for Brad's ghost to be at rest, the werewolf that killed him must be killed. After developing an appetite for raw meat, Andy hooks up with American tourist Amy Finch at a cemetery

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He transforms and kills her and a cop who tailed him, suspecting Andy was involved in the Club de la Lune massacre. Andy is arrested but escapes. He begins to see Amy's ghost, who tries to find ways to get him killed.

Claude and his henchmen capture Andy and pressure him to join their society, but Andy must kill Chris to prove his loyalty. Serafine again saves him, and they return to her home to find her basement ransacked and her stepfather, the confined werewolf, dead.

Her stepfather prepared a drug to control werewolf transformations, but it had the opposite effect: forced transformation. As a result of testing on Serafine, she killed her mother and savaged her stepfather. Claude stole the drugs during the ransacking.

Andy and Serafine learn of a Fourth of July party Claude has planned and infiltrate it. They try to help the people escape but flee after seeing that police have entered. Claude and his men inject themselves with the drug and slaughter almost all the guests.

Andy and Serafine flee after killing a werewolf and setting Brad's spirit free. Serafine takes the drug to fight another werewolf when they become separated. Andy encounters them and, not knowing who is who, accidentally shoots her, leaving her to be found by the police.

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A werewolf then attacks him, chasing him down to an underground train track. The train stops due to it hitting the werewolf. It gets on the train where it attacks the driver and several passengers. The drug wears off, revealing Claude as the werewolf.

Claude tries to inject himself with the last vial but is interrupted by Andy. In the ensuing fight, Andy finds that Claude is the culprit behind his infection. The two struggle to obtain the last vial of the drug, and Andy is accidentally injected.

After transforming, Andy kills Claude and eats his heart, thus ending his own curse and presumably Serafine's (this point is not clarified since earlier in the movie Serafine implied that Claude had stolen her blood to become a werewolf.

In an alternate ending, after Andy eats Claude's heart, Serafine has a vision of her stepfather in the back of an ambulance, explaining how he found a cure before his death). An ambulance transports her to the hospital.

Serafine and Andy celebrate their wedding atop the Statue of Liberty with Andy's pal Chris, who survived. They bungee jump off when Chris accidentally drops the wedding ring from the statue.

Cinematography and Visual Effects

The cinematography in "An American Werewolf in Paris" captures the essence of Paris, juxtaposing its romantic and historic scenery with the darker, more ominous aspects of the werewolf narrative. The use of lighting and shadows is effectively done, contributing to the film's eerie atmosphere.

An American Werewolf in Paris

A significant aspect of the film is its use of special effects, particularly in the transformation scenes and the depiction of the werewolves. Although the CGI effects might not hold up to modern standards, they were quite notable for their time and added a crucial element to the film's horror aspect.

Characters and Performances

Tom Everett Scott brings a certain charm and likeability to his character, Andy, making his journey from an unsuspecting tourist to a man caught in a supernatural dilemma engaging. Julie Delpy, as Serafine, delivers a performance that is both enigmatic and compelling, balancing the character's vulnerability and strength.

The supporting cast, including Vince Vieluf and Phil Buckman as Andy's friends, contribute to the film's comedic elements, providing relief and humor throughout the story.

Themes and Messages

"An American Werewolf in Paris" explores themes of love, destiny, and the battle between humanity and inner demons. The film delves into the idea of being consumed by one's darker side, a common theme in werewolf lore. The romance between Andy and Serafine adds a dimension of human connection and the power of love to overcome curses and monsters.

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Reception and Legacy

Upon its release, "An American Werewolf in Paris" received mixed reviews. While some appreciated its blend of genres and the creative use of special effects, others felt it fell short of the original's charm and effectiveness.

However, the film has gained a cult following over the years, with fans appreciating its unique take on the werewolf genre and its blend of horror with comedic and romantic elements.


"An American Werewolf in Paris" stands as an intriguing addition to the werewolf film genre. Its blend of horror, comedy, and romance offers a different perspective on the classic monster story. While it may not have achieved the critical acclaim of its predecessor, Anthony Waller's film provides an entertaining and unique experience.

The film's setting in Paris, combined with its special effects and performances, creates a memorable piece of cinema that continues to find appreciation among fans of the genre. For those seeking a horror film with a twist of humor and romance, "An American Werewolf in Paris" is a journey worth taking.