The Curse of the Werewolf Reviews
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.
Curse of the Werewolf could have at least had an happy ending since the being around his girlfriend when a full moon came out did stop him from changing. So why couldn't she have just approached him in the end, rather than us just getting yet other ending that involves a silver bullet ?
This movie has a greater than usual level of genuine love and sentimentality in it. Both romantic and familial. I found it odd, but refreshing. Hammer often makes us feel for the "monster" before he kills him off, but in this one we are encouraged to actually embrace and sympathize with him. This has something to do with the way Hammer tampered with the werewolf legend, pure fabrication if one can say that about an already fabricated legend.
Oliver Reed, a quite attractive man with that haunting light eyed- dark haired thing going on, "emoted" this role out of the park.
Overall a rather more multi-dimensional Hammer flick than I'm used to. Very enjoyable.
better still the final Wolfman we see is probably better and far more effective than Lon Chaneys yak haired monster...
I very much enjoyed Curse of the werewolf as the camp, over the top and gorey monster movie it is and it ranks high amongst my personal favorite werewolf movies!