Werewolf of London

1935

Werewolf of London

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When English botanist Dr. Glendon travels to Tibet in search of the mysterious marifasa plant, he encounters a strange wolf-like beast that bites him before he can escape with the plant. Traveling back to London, Glendon discovers that he is transformed into a werewolf when the moon is full.

Cast

Henry Hull
as Dr. Glendon
Lawrence Grant
as Sir Thomas
Charlotte Granville
as Lady Forsythe
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. Whack
Zeffie Tilbury
as Mrs. Mancaster
Reginald Barlow
as Dr. Phillips
Louis Vincenot
as Head Cooley
Egon Brecher
as Priest (uncredited)
Tempe Piggott
as Drunk Woman (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs
as Off. Jenkins (uncredited)
David Thursby
as Photographer (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Werewolf of London

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Audience Reviews for Werewolf of London

  • Nov 03, 2014
    Universal's first attempt at a werewolf series, Werewolf of London, delivers some scares but lacks compelling characters. The story follows a botanist who contracts a werewolf bite while searching for a rare flower in Tibet, and upon his return to London he's told that he'll turn into a ravenous werewolf unless he's able to cultivate the Tibetan flower into an antidote. Unfortunately, the characters are poorly developed (particularly the protagonist Dr. Glendon), and thus it's hard to get invested in their fates. However, the wolf make-up is pretty good, creating a frightening, demonic creature. While there's a lot of exciting action and some intense scenes, overall Werewolf of London feels rather bland.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2014
    Evincing quite a suspenseful bite, H'Wood's first mainstream werewolf movie plays out more like a lycan Jekyll and Hyde than the iconic reboot that was to follow. Bafflingly, this entertaining gem never caught fire on either side of the Atlantic, but still deserves to be remembered in its own right. True, it leans a little too closely to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic split personality tome, but shows a lot of teeth of its own. The setting rings true, the story keeps you invested, and the monster convinces. End of story. In this unrated Universal horror flick, the juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon (Hull) from turning into a werewolf during a full moon. Stuart Walker (1934's Great Expectations)s direction proves atmospheric enough and the cast delivers beautifully. While title character Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull) is never as sympathetic as The Wolf Mans Larry Talbot, his plight nonetheless keeps horror fans' fur flying. Perhaps, the biggest star remains Jack Pierce's pioneering wolfen make-up, experimenting with an early look before going with the now-iconic version Full-Moon-Fever in 1941. Bottom line: Tooth and Awe
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2011
    Slow and too talkative early on and not quite as atmospheric as other early Universal horror. It does have some effective moments though and some pretty decent effects for its time including the earliest depiction of a CCTV camera that I've seen which obviously wasn't invented and put into use for a good few decades afterwards.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2011
    This film is just what it is a 1935 werewolf film. What can you expect for special effects in 1935. Overall a good story line. Also has a few comical parts. Done by Universal Studios, part of a double feature by Universal Studios. 3 Stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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