This week’s sidekick is An American Werewolf in London's Jack, dedicated friend to recently-bitten, self-hating werewolf David. Let’s make that dead-icated. Poor Jack doesn’t make it too long into the story but he comes back with a vengeance, and is probably the only sidekick in history to try to convince the lead character he’s better off dead.
Written and directed by John Landis, with makeup by Rick Baker, An American Werewolf in London is the perfect blend of horror and humor.
Film: An American Werewolf in London
Sidekick: Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne)
Why this Sidekick Is Better Than the Lead: Jack is great comic relief in the film. He’s always ready with a one-liner, and despite the fact that he’s clearly dead as evidenced by his ever-decaying exterior, he tends to be the voice of reason.
Moment of Glory: Jack’s first visit to David’s hospital room. He steals David’s toast, talks nonchalantly about his own funeral, and acts hurt when David isn’t happy to see him. Watch below.
Moment of Gory: Jack makes a visit to David in a porno theater with all of David’s kills in tow. Talk about awkward introductions.