The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

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After injecting new life into classic movie monsters Dracula and Frankenstein, Hammer Studios apply their Gothic touch to another monster genre with this excellent, stylish piece -- probably the best of the old school (i.e. pre-Rick Baker) man-to-wolf transformation films in the mold of Universal's The Wolf Man. The title curse surfaces when a mute servant girl bears a child on Christmas day after being raped by a bestial madman and first shows itself at the infant's christening, whereupon the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror
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Universal Pictures

Cast


as Servant girl

as Marques Siniestro

as Pepe Valiente

as Rosa Valiente

as Old Soaker

as Don Fernando

as Don Enrique

as Rico Gomez
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Critic Reviews for The Curse of the Werewolf

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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A literate and respectful addition to the lycanthrope canon, generating enormous sympathy for its characters and even taking digs at the abuses heaped upon the working class by the 1%.

Full Review… | October 22, 2011
Creative Loafing

Lon Chaney, Jr.'s Wolf Man may be cinema's most famous lycanthrope, but there can be little doubt that this 1960 film from Hammer Productions is the best werewolf movie ever made.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
ESplatter

Directed by famed horror filmmaker and Hammer favorite, Terence Fisher, this slow-moving tale never quite works.

Full Review… | August 30, 2005
Horror.com

Audience Reviews for The Curse of the Werewolf

Classic furry tale set in Spain for this wolfman fable and its not too bad for a different look and feel. Its classic 'Hammer' all the way of course, well spoken actors mixed with cockney Londoners haha very Spanish feel I assure you ;)
But its the look of the film which is really nice, yes the sets are obvious but they are also really well crafted, very lavish and colourful, really looks good.
The actual wolfman design is basic by todays standards and doesn't look too great but not that bad either, a silverish, white haired choice of the Classic Chaney look which isn't far from the new 'Wolfman' movie design. Blue eyed Reed plays the part as well as can be whilst his gruff looks do match the role nicely, other cast members are all as you would expect from 'Hammer', both theatrical and bold in their posing and speeches.

Plenty of red paint throughout the film as animals and people get their throats torn out, lots of screaming ladies in distress and an ending not far from 'Frankenstein', problem is the director spends too much time building the story and not leaving enough film time for wolfing around.

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Phil Hubbs

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Curse of the Werewolf started off in an unconventionally amazing way as it started with some gruesome territory involving rape, gruesome murder and other elements you wouldn't expect from a movie from the early 60s. I liked how it told an almost life story of a werewolf giving the curse more spiritual origins than mystical ones. Terence Fisher's direction is superb and as cool as the werewolf looked, the fact that you don't see him until the last 10 minutes of the movie was pretty dumb. The fresh take was a nice change but the lack of monster kind of ruined it. Not a bad watch but its been done better.

mjgildea
Michael Gildea

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oliver reed makes an awesome werewolf! altho the makeup is seriously bad :P

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Stella Dallas

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