The Werewolf (1956)

The Werewolf (1956)





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Columbia's The Werewolf is not nearly as generic as its title would suggest: in fact, it is one of the better films of its kind. Steven Ritch plays Duncan Marsh, who after being seriously injured in a car wreck is used as a guinea pig by a pair of none too scrupulous scientists (S. John Launer and George M. Lynn). Seeking a cure for radiation poisoning, the scientists inject Marsh with wolf serum (what this has to do with radiation poisioning is never fully explained). Before long, Marsh is a full-fledged lycanthrope, wreaking havoc in the Big Bear Lake region. Some truly startling vignettes--including one lulu of a sequence in a jail cell--lift this Sam Katzman production well above the norm.
Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Steven Ritch
as Duncan Marsh
Joyce Holden
as Amy Standish
Don Megowan
as Sheriff Jack Haines
Eleanore Tanin
as Helen Marsh
Kim Charney
as Chris Marsh
Harry Lauter
as Deputy Ben Clovey
Larry J. Blake
as Hank Durgis
Ken Christy
as Dr. James Gilchrist
James Gavin
as Mack Fanning
S. John Launer
as Dr. Emery Forrest
George Lynn
as Dr. Morgan Chambers
Don C. Harvey
as First Deputy
Ford Stevens
as First Reporter
Jean Harvey
as Old Woman
Larry Blake
as Hank Durgis
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Critic Reviews for The Werewolf

All Critics (2)

Quickie update on the werewolf legend.

Full Review… | January 12, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...a better-than-average '50s sci-fi quickie.

Full Review… | November 5, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Werewolf


The Werewolf (1956) -- [5.0] -- This werewolf movie plays up the emotional and psychological angles better than most, but still ends like any other hirsute hyjinks we've seen before. The best scenes are ones in which the afflicted man (Steven Ritch) interacts with his wife and young son, who try to talk him into coming home and getting medical help for his condition. The makeup effects are okay, but I wish this werewolf didn't run around in a business suit. In the end, the townspeople grab their torches and march into the woods toward an uninspired climax.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

A fun B-Horror movie, but nothing terribly special.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

wonderfully subtle dialogue gave this film a very humane and compassionate backdrop. no high-powered fx transformations, blood, guts and gore are needed to give the audience the true sense of the title role's predicament and ensuing delemna. i saw it as a first run back in the day and recently had the good fortune to see it through an adults eyes. a very good movie if you care to pay attention. still a 'b' movie, but the b's for better that i first thought.

bob weakley
bob weakley

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