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Two American backpackers find traditional Yorkshire hospitality lacking when they stop for a well-earned hot drink at middle-of-nowhere village pub The Slaughtered Lamb. The inhabitants of East Proctor, an insular Yorkshire Moors settlement for darts players, beer drinkers and the mildly moody, welcome the Americans into their public house with the sort of curious annoyance usually associated with the revelation of bird poo on one’s shoe.
John Landis’ macabre atmosphere is tinged with a cynical black humour that perfectly partners the black magic found on the wall of The Slaughtered Lamb. The sheer mention of the mysterious five-pointed star cues a hasty exit with the innocent out-of-towners blissfully unaware the dinner bell has been rung and they make up the entire menu. Now walking the desolate landscape with only a full moon lighting the way, the backpackers’ playful jibes quickly turn to fear as they discover they are being stalked by a hungry beast. Suddenly, with kinetic ferociousness, the two men are attacked. Limbs are torn and blood is spilt. One is left for dead. The other maimed. The ordeal is bookended by the loud crack of a shotgun, fatally wounding the werewolf to reveal a naked man reduced to his human self in death.
This stunning tribute from artist Tim Doyle beautifully captures the moment
Written by Daniel Stephens
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