An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Written and Directed by John Landis
He's the hairy-handed gent who ran amuck in Kent
Lately he's been overheard in Mayfair
Better stay away from him
He'll rip your lungs out, Jim
I'd like to meet his tailor
Werewolves of London
--Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon
I don't think there's been a better werewolf movie made since John Landis' 1981 An American Werewolf in London -- classic. It strikes a perfect balance of comedy and horror, and the special effects are amazing (especially given the time). Yes parts are cheesy, but in a GOOD way. You'll laugh out loud (and you'll scream too).
Best friends David and Jack are backpacking the English countryside and stop by an isolated pub one evening, known as the Slaughtered Lamb. The locals are far from welcoming and as the young men leave, give them a dire warning to "stick to the road". Of course, the young men eventually wander off the road and onto the moors where they are attacked by a monstrous creature -- a lycanthrope, a werewolf. What happens next is all part of the fun (and mayhem). Don't miss this one, folks.