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The Curse of the Werewolf Reviews

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½ October 10, 2016
El amor no cura la licantropía
October 8, 2016
Decent werewolf film from Hammer, there only take on the horror staple, starring Oliver Reed as the titular monster. It isn't great, but it has t's moments. It does sport a good performance from Reed, as well as strong wolf make-up, and that great classic Hammer visual look. The story isn't spectacular, but it is a mostly solid Werewolf effort.
October 8, 2016
Setting this in Spain was a rather interesting touch. While the werewolf makeup isn't that great, Oliver Reed gives a wonderfully intense and moody performance that would make Lon Chaney proud.
½ February 5, 2016
Pretty much lame and boring. There is no atmosphere, tension or excitement in this film and majority of the script is so bad it's laughable. Oliver Reed offers some credibility to the acting stakes but it's not enough to save the film. As a horror movie there is hardly any horror it's more contained as a drama and a drama that's not very dramatic
November 11, 2015
A classic Hammer horror with a well crafted werewolf story... so it's hard to believe this is the only time the film studio used this monster in a film.
½ October 10, 2015
love does not cure lycanthropy!!!
½ October 1, 2015
A horror movie about a werewolf and no werewolf! An hour and half movie and the main character doesn't transform for over and hour. When he finally does transform yo see him on the shadows for each kill. This adds for great dramatic effect and the lighting in this movie is fantastic. I understand it is supposed to get the movie goes wondering a what he looks like but it is very print. Finally when you see him transform, the makeup effect is not to be desired, but passable for a movie from the early 60's. What saved the movie is the great acting and the overall storyline.
August 29, 2015
Literate and respectful addition to the lycanthrope canon, generating enormous sympathy for its characters (particularly Romainâ??s servant girl and Reedâ??s tortured Leon) and even taking digs at the abuses heaped upon the working class by the 1%.
½ May 19, 2015
A strange rendition of the normal Werewolf myth, and a rather confusing one to follow at that. But it is interesting, and uses good monster-movie tropes. It does take a while to get started though, and the werewolf make-up isn't too exciting.
January 17, 2015
Hammer surely got it right when they chose Oliver Reed to play their only werewolf (judging by his subsequent notoriety). Rather than tackle the Universal Studios version of the story, however, Terrence Fisher and his team go for a different take on the legend. Here, lycanthropy has possibly genetic origins and we are treated to a nearly 45 minute preamble involving Reed's parents (mute servant girl and insane begging man) and his childhood (sneaking out to kill local goats). Apparently, being loved can keep the dark side at bay, but, unfortunately, Reed's true love is thwarted - but you expected that. Hammer's usual production values are present and Reed's anguish is clear but there is only really one scene with full-on werewolf make-up.
November 12, 2014
good transformation here 4 its time
½ October 4, 2013
Oliver Reed is the best thing in this one, but it's still engaging enough. My problem with it is it's lack of understanding of the Catholic faith. There's a baptism scene where the priests seem hesitant to go through with the ceremony because of the sudden winds and storms that are coming up all of a if it's a warning sign or something. But any real priest would not only never have any second thoughts about a baptism; if he felt there was a demonic force around, he would be all the more insistent on performing the baptism as soon as possible. It's weird how many movies will act as though priests, the very ones who are at the head of dealings with evil spirits, etc., are somehow cowards.
August 10, 2013
Very slow until Oliver Reed arrives about halfway through, bringing with him some much-needed werewolf action. The last 5 minutes were quite amusing, and there are some funny goats making human noises at times, but it really wasn't enough to sustain any real interest or suspense. Barely 6/10.
February 28, 2013
While not the greatest werewolf movie it was effective. Hammer and Universal team up. Yvonne Romaine certainly left her mark on the film.
February 20, 2013
It's a nice production, but like most Hammer horror flicks it just can't compete with the earlier black and white efforts.
½ February 15, 2013
Hammer films were the second generation color redux of each Universal horror monster classic with their own unique spin.
October 20, 2012
Always glad to see Hammer films at these events. That's an area I'm lacking in.
½ October 6, 2012
Curse of the Werewolf-
Somewhat fair adaption of the Guy Endore novel lifts the story from its original French setting into the Spanish countryside where the backdrop of the Catholicism is heavy and generates some interesting background for the movie. Oliver Reed as a werewolf is worth the price of admission alone, although his inner beast is not unleashed until fairly late into the movie. Nonetheless, the make-up is an interesting take, with an emphasis on the ears, although the body make-up is less successful. Terrence Fisher holds back on the reveal of the monster, teasing us until the last 2o minutes of the movie. After that, the monster is leaping and climbing all around the stock Hammer sets; some good stunt work to be seen here. The melodrama is pretty standard for Hammer horror, well acted by the cast. The movie lifts one of the more unique aspects of the novel, the notion of the child werewolf who hunts by night but thinks he is dreaming. The part where the young boy talks about tasting the blood is chilling on screen as it is on the page. I have to admit, I was disappointed the first time I saw this movie years ago but a second viewing has the movie growing on me now.
September 22, 2012
A great, classic werewolf film that's got a fantastic atmosphere and boasts a powerhouse performance from Oliver Reed as tortured soul Leon who is the cursed werewolf.
September 22, 2012
I thought the movie was okay. The acting was pretty good, the filming was good, but the werewolf was the only cheesy thing about the movie. The story, though, was just plain entertaining. I had so much fun watching this movie. I would recommend this movie.
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