films seen
12
average score
1.95*
nationality
USA - 72 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
2006 / 58m - USA
Horror
3.5*/5.0*
Family poster

The inoffensive

In Sickness and in Health

by John Landis
2008 / 43m - USA
Horror
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
2005 / 57m - USA
Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Deer Woman poster

Worthy but flawed

Trading Places

by John Landis
1983 / 116m - USA
Comedy
2.5*/5.0*
Trading Places poster

A classic 80s comedy from John Landis. It's little more than a pairing of Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy, who are both allowed to perform their usual tricks. The film gets a bit grim and unpleasant in places and the plot is very basic, but the film does have a couple of memorable moments.

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Two power-hungry misers are having a wager after a short nature versus nurture discussion. To see who is right, they pick up a petty thief from the street and make him manager of their company, whilst demoting the current manager and getting him jailed for stealing and selling drugs.

Aykroyd and Murphy are decent, though the latter has the best scenes. The plot is predictable, Landis isn't the most gifted director and the runtime is a bit excessive, but the premise is solid enough and there were a couple of funny moments. Hardly the comedy some make it out to be, but it's not the worst film either.

Dubious filler

Amazon Women on the Moon

by Joe Dante, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss
1987 / 85m - USA
Comedy
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
1985 / 115m - USA
Comedy, Crime
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
1983 / 101m - USA
Sci-fi, Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Twilight Zone: The Movie poster

Plain forgettable

An American Werewolf in London

by John Landis
1981 / 97m - USA
Comedy, Horror
1.5*/5.0*
An American Werewolf in London poster

Big nopes

Beverly Hills Cop III

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

Coming to America

by John Landis
1988 / 116m - USA
Comedy, Romance
1.0*/5.0*
Coming to America poster

The Blues Brothers

by John Landis
1980 / 133m - USA
Comedy, Adventure
1.0*/5.0*
The Blues Brothers poster

Animal House

by John Landis
1978 / 109m - USA
Comedy
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.