Animatronic Transformation Head From An American Werewolf In London (Video)

Thanks to The Prop Store YouTube channel we can now get a clear look at Rick Baker’s groundbreaking special effects animatronic used for the now classic An American Werewolf in London.

You can find out more about the animatronic head displayed in the video by visiting the Prop Store Site.


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One thought on “Animatronic Transformation Head From An American Werewolf In London (Video)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Practical effects surpass modern CG in terms of fleshy horror depictions, imho.

    When the movie came out, I saw it on a double-bill with Langella’s Dracula and this scene had the afternoon crowd cheering the sheer audacity of showing a transformation in full-light, full detail, head-on, hold-on-to-your-hats sequence that raised the horror bar (and made a so-far great movie an astounding experience thereafter).

    The following vampire flick was good (very good, actually, when viewed again, by itself, years later) but AWIL’s perfection of humor, monster, characters and nurse Jenny A. remained in my fanboy head as top-notch, to this day.

    Love seeing this behind-the-skin peek at the level of work put into the wolfing.

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