On today in 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House, a movie spoof about 1960s college fraternities starring John Belushi, opens in U.S. theaters. Produced having an estimated finances of $3 million, Animal House became a big, multi-million-dollar box-office hit, spawned a slew of cinematic imitations and became component of pop-culture history with such memorable lines as “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
Set at the fictional Faber College (the University of Oregon served as a stand-in throughout filming), Animal House centered round the disreputable Delta House fraternity, whose members enjoyed beer-soaked toga crude and parties pranks such as for example putting a horse in the dean’s office. Animal House was the 1st big hit for director John Landis, who continued to helm The Blues Brothers (1980), Trading Places (1983) and Coming to America (1988). The film’s cast incorporated a then-unknown Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Mystic River), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Tom Hulce (Amadeus), most of whom have already been just beginning their film careers then.
Animal House was co-written by Doug Kenney, Harold Ramis and Chris Miller, whose days at Dartmouth College in the first 1960s served being an inspiration for the film. Animal House marked the original film developed in affiliation with National Lampoon, a college magazine that has been initial published in 1970 and identified because of its dark humor. Other National Lampoon movies integrated Vacation (1983), that was compiled by John Hughes, directed by Ramis and starred SNL alum Chevy Chase.
At enough time Animal House premiered, John Belushi, who played celebration animal Bluto Blutarsky, was starring on the Tv sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). Belushi, who was simply born January 24, 1949, appeared on SNL from 1975 to 1979 and co-starred in the hit movie Blues Brothers along with his SNL castmate Dan Akroyd. Belushi died of a drug overdose at age 33 on March 5, 1982, at the Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood, California.