The Curse of the Werewolf

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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 holy water begins to boil. Things go downhill from there, as young Leon's development is marred by savage, violent behavior during a full moon. Upon adulthood, Leon's (Oliver Reed) only relief from his murderous impulses comes from the love of Christina (Catherine Feller)... but he soon begins to fear that this cannot contain the beast within. Liberally based on Guy Endore's The Werewolf of Paris (here relocated to Spain), this film represents Hammer at their early best, building tension through mood and character (Reed turns in a bravura performance) and saving the effective monster transformation for the climax. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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Cast

Oliver Reed
as Leon Corledo
Clifford Evans
as Don Alfredo Corledo
Catherine Feller
as Cristina Fernando
Yvonne Romain
as Servant Girl (Jailer's Daughter)
Anthony Dawson
as Marques Siniestro
Warren Mitchell
as Pepe Valiente
Anne Blake
as Rosa Valiente
Michael Ripper
as Old Soaker
Ewen Solon
as Don Fernando
Peter Sallis
as Don Enrique
David Conville
as Rico Gomez
Denis Shaw
as Gaoler
Serafina Di Leo
as Senora Zumara
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  • Aug 09, 2010
    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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2010
    The under-rated late Oliver Reed shines as Leon who's born into a life where he turns into a werewolf on a full moon. However the film is too much like any other werewolf movie, they all end the same way. Even the new film is too much like any of the originals. However, if you want a werewolf movie that actually ends different, then watch Wolf with Jack Nicolson. 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 ?
    Jim W Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2009
    Zzzzzzz? This movie is lame. The story is lame, the acting is lame, the makeup is lame. The film was set in Spain entirely for practical/budgetary reasons, which makes little sense, werewolves are creatures that seem rooted in northern Europe and England. There is no good reason for an English studio to go abroad when the some really cool forests are only a stone?s throw away? Spain is many things, but it doesn?t provoke anywhere near the atmosphere that the 1941 Wolfman was able to evoke by setting it on the moors (though it was probably shot on a soundstage). Rally, I?m beginning to think these hammer flicks aren?t worth my time. I thinking that these are just the sixties equivalents of the lame horror remakes we have to deal with today.
    MJS M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2008
    oliver reed makes an awesome werewolf! altho the makeup is seriously bad :P
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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