These are two of the most amazing transformation scenes on film!  The two titans of practical makeup special effects at the time Rick Baker and Rob Bottin created these amazing effects.


As far as the films I thought both were great but I enjoyed the humor more in An American Werewolf in London — along with the two stars David Naughton and Griffin Dunne…two of my all time favorites! 

An American Werewolf in London was released August 21, 1981


Tagline: John Landis - the director of Animal House brings you a different kind of animal.

Tagline: John Landis - the director of Animal House brings you a different kind of animal.


Two American students are on a walking tour of England and are attacked by a Werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The Werewolf is killed, but reverts to it’s human form, and the townspeople are able to deny it’s existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmares of hunting on 4 feet at first, but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he find a way to die to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural death. Written by John Vogel {}

Makeup Department
Elaine Baker …. makeup effects crew
Rick Baker …. special makeup effects
Doug Beswick …. makeup effects crew
Kevin Brennan …. makeup effects crew
Robin Grantham …. makeup artist
Tom Hester …. makeup effects crew
Steve Johnson …. makeup effects assistant
Beryl Lerman …. makeup artist
Shawn McEnroe …. makeup effects crew
Joseph Ross …. makeup effects crew
Bill Sturgeon …. makeup effects crew
Craig Reardon …. makeup effects crew (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Neil Corbould …. special effects assistant
Martin Gutteridge …. special effects
Garth Inns …. special effects

The Howling was released on April 10 , 1981

Plot: There is a serial killer on the loose, Karen White is the only reporter he communicates with. After a near fatal encounter with him at an adult video store, she is ordered to take a vacation. Eddie was killed by Police, but Karen doesn’t want to let it go and discovers that he came from a tiny community in the woods and that’s where she decides to vacation with husband Bill. Big mistake, because Eddie was an outcast of a pack of Werewolves who is trying to keep a low profile and doesn’t want any interviews. Can Karen and Bill escape the village of the wolf? Written by Chris

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Tagline:  Imagine your worst fear a reality

Tagline: Imagine your worst fear a reality


Makeup Department
Rick Baker …. special makeup effects consultant
Joe Beserra …. makeup effects studio artist
Rob Bottin …. special makeup effects creator
Greg Cannom …. special makeup effects artist
Bill Davis …. assistant makeup artist
Tina Kline …. contact lens technician (as Tina Klein)
Shawn McEnroe …. first makeup effects assistant
Medusah …. assistant hair stylist (as Anne Aulenta-Spira)
Medusah …. assistant makeup artist (as Anne Aulenta-Spira)
Art Pimentel …. second makeup effects assistant
Margaret Prentice …. makeup effects studio artist (as Margaret Beserra)
Josephine Turner …. special hair work
Josephine Turner …. wig maker
Gigi Williams …. hair stylist
Gigi Williams …. makeup artist
Steve LaPorte …. special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Bill Sturgeon …. creature effects crew (uncredited) 
Special Effects by
Doug Beswick …. special mechanical effects
Kevin Brennan …. special effects makeup
Roger George …. special effects
Morton Greenspoon …. creative contact lens effects (as Morton K. Greenspoon)
Jeff Shank …. effects unit line producer
Steve Shank …. effects unit line producer   
Visual Effects by
Dave Allen …. stop motion animation (as David Allen)
Peter Kuran …. love scene and main title animation: Visual Concept Engineering
Mike Warren …. optical effects
Pam Vick …. cel animator (uncredited)

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