The Curse of the Werewolf

The Curse of the Werewolf

Director: Terence Fisher Cast: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain

Blu-ray (Australian Import)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2015
UPC: 9345228003039
Original Release: 1961
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 28,530

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clifford Evans Alfredo
Oliver Reed Leon
Yvonne Romain Servant girl
Catherine Feller Christina
Anthony Dawson Marques Siniestro
Josephine Llewellyn Marquessa
Warren Mitchell Pepe Valiente
Richard Wordsworth Beggar
Hira Talfrey Teresa
John Gabriel Priest
Anne Blake Rosa Valiente
George Woodbridge Dominique
Michael Ripper Old Soaker
Ewen Solon Don Fernando
Peter Sallis Don Enrique
Martin Matthews Jose
David Conville Rico Gomez
Dennis Shaw Gaoler
Charles Lamb Chel
Sheila Brennan Vera
Joy Webster Isabel
Renny Lister Yvonne

Technical Credits
Terence Fisher Director
Roy Ashton Makeup
Les Bowie Special Effects
Michael Carreras Producer
Alfred Cox Editor
John Elder Screenwriter
Benjamin Frankel Score Composer
Thomas Goswell Art Director
Arthur Grant Cinematographer
Anthony Hinds Producer,Screenwriter
Anthony Nelson Keys Associate Producer
Don Mingaye Art Director
Bernard Robinson Production Designer

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