An American Werewolf in Paris (1997; Anthony Waller)
“It would have been so simple to make this watchable.”
We see a bad movie rising this week on the Dare Daniel podcast. Hosts Daniel and Corky score serious daredevil points by reviewing Anthony Waller’s execrable An American Werewolf in Paris.
An exhausting and chaotic pseudo-sequel to John Landis’ 1981 horror-comedy classic, AAWiP offers one affront to the senses after another. The film blends loathsome characters, sociopathic cinematography and “garbage CGI wolf transformations” into a vehicle of weak callbacks and forced wackiness.
Tom Everett Scott stars as Andy the Sensitive Douche, a sexually aggressive sack of human garbage who falls for a French werewolf. Set mainly in the surprisingly well-lit catacombs of Paris, AAWiP features the physics of a Bugs Bunny cartoon and the ethics of a stalker. When the film isn’t bungee-jumping off the Eiffel Tower, it’s setting a slapstick sequence to Smash Mouth.
Elsewhere, Daniel and Corky discuss condom-flavored bubblegum, human heart smoothies and industrial Eurotrash.
The Fanatic (Jaina Sinclair)
The Boy Next Door (Julio Olivera)
U.S. theatrical release date: December 25, 1997
Domestic box office: $26.6 million (production budget: $25 million)
Critic scores: 7 on Rotten Tomatoes; 31 on Metacritic
This week’s craft beer: Revision Brewing‘s DIPA (8.0% ABV)
This week’s Darer: An American Movie Watcher in Paris
Why did An American Movie Watcher in Paris dare Daniel and Corky to watch An American Werewolf in Paris? “While the original An American Werewolf in London is classic, this sequel is just not good. Unless you like the bungee jumping fad of the 90s jammed in because that’s what those crazy Gen-Xers we’re doing. Anyway, there are garbage CGI wolf transformations that don’t hold a silver bullet to the original film’s practical effects. Best of luck watching this terrible remake.”
IMDB synopsis: “An American man unwittingly gets involved with French werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will.”
This week’s referenced movies: Mute Witness; Gotti; U-Turn; Out of Sight; Anaconda; Blood and Wine; Hustlers; An American Werewolf in London; The Postman; Ultraviolet; Cool as Ice; American Pie; Battlefield: Earth; the Robert Langdon movies; the Inspector Clouseau films; Tom Jones (1963); Who Framed Roger Rabbit?; The Godfather; Vampire Academy; A Christmas Story 2
Ratings for An American Werewolf in Paris: Daniel – Double Dare; Corky – Double Dare
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