films seen
11
average score
1.90*
nationality
USA - 70 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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One of the big names in 80s horror, though Landis wasn't fully married to the genre, often crossing over into comedy and fantasy. I find his films a bit too flat and cheesy to be enjoyable, but if you're a fan of 80s cinema Landis is a must.

Solid pieces

Family

by John Landis
Specifics
USA, Canada [2006] - 58m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Family poster

The inoffensive

In Sickness and in Health

by John Landis
Specifics
USA, Canada [2008] - 43m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
In Sickness and in Health poster

Typical Landis short, that combines horror with a certain lightness and feel for dark humor. The plot is pretty basic, but the twist is fun and the build-up is effective. Actors do a solid job too, though they're clearly not A-list material. A decent shot from Landis, who seems to thrive in this particular format.

Deer Woman

by John Landis
Specifics
USA [2005] - 57m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Deer Woman poster

Dubious filler

Amazon Women on the Moon

by Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss
Specifics
USA [1987] - 85m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Amazon Women on the Moon poster

Cheesy comedy with a few more misses than there were hits. The film is fragmented and little more than a collection of comedy sketches, most of which go on for way too long. Luckily it doesn't overstay its welcome and there are some genuine giggles here, but unless you like really predictable jokes this is little more than random filler.

Into the Night

by John Landis
Specifics
USA [1985] - 115m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Into the Night poster

A slightly amusing but very dated crime comedy. Goldblum and Pfeiffer do a pretty decent job, the rest of the cast isn't really on the same level. Landis' direction is mostly functional, trying to keep the momentum going and struggling to keep the plot sensible. There is some fun to be had here, but you have to dig pretty deep to find it.

Twilight Zone: The Movie

by Joe Dante, John Landis, George Miller, Steven Spielberg
Specifics
USA [1983] - 101m
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Twilight Zone: The Movie poster

Plain forgettable

An American Werewolf in London

by John Landis
Specifics
UK, USA [1981] - 97m
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
An American Werewolf in London poster

Big nopes

Beverly Hills Cop III

by John Landis
Specifics
USA [1994] - 104m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Beverly Hills Cop III poster

Coming to America

by John Landis
Specifics
USA [1988] - 116m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Coming to America poster

The Blues Brothers

by John Landis
Specifics
USA [1980] - 133m
Genre
Comedy, Adventure
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
The Blues Brothers poster

Animal House

by John Landis
Specifics
USA [1978] - 109m
Genre
Comedy
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Animal House poster

One of the earliest (if not the first) frat house comedies. National Lampoon was supposed to be pretty sarcastic and edgy back in its haydays, but you really wouldn't get that from watching this film. Bland, boring and sporting a cast of exceptionally irritating characters, this is a complete miss.