The Curse of the Werewolf

1961

Action / Drama / Horror / Romance / Thriller

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 4357

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Director

Cast

Oliver Reed as Leon
Desmond Llewelyn as 1st Footman
Peter Sallis as Don Enrique
Warren Mitchell as Pepe Valiente
720p.BLU
753.72 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 33 min
P/S 0 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

Very enjoyable and different

This was a highly unusual werewolf film and I am actually surprised that Hammer films went on to make many Dracula sequels but not werewolf ones, since this film was well made and quite enjoyable.

The film begins with a very long prologue--telling a sad tale about an evil man who was responsible for the curse that eventually made poor Oliver Reed become a werewolf. The entire story was quite interesting and VERY different from the Universal Studios vision of how one becomes a werewolf. Instead of being bitten by another werewolf, it was a rather convoluted curse. The only problem with this story, though, is logical. You see, Oliver Reed's adoptive father narrates the prologue BUT how he knew most of the details is quite impossible--as Reed's mother was a mute and didn't have communication skills to explain most of the story. Plus, parts of it she couldn't have known! I guess the narrator just read the script, because there was no other way he could have been privy to the information! Despite this serious logical flaw, the rest of the film was very compelling--with Reed making a very sympathetic creature. Plus, like the old Universal films, Hammer did a good job of not showing too much--only letting you see the creature near the very end of the film.

Excellent acting and production values combined with a very interesting though flawed script make this an excellent movie for fans of Gothic horror.

Reviewed by qmtv 5 / 10

Excellent Cinematography and Sets. Poor Story, acting first half good, last half poor

Excellent Cinematography and Sets. Poor Story, acting first half good, last half poor.

Best part of the movie was the first half, without the werewolf. The story of the beggar and the werewolf's mother. The shot of the beggar dead is excellent. The killing of the Marques is excellent. The cinematography and sets were great. However, there was very little atmosphere. Oliver Reed's acting, dialogue and character were weak. The story was weak. The origin of the werewolf was weak. The werewolf effect was good, but not much happened in the 2nd half of the movie except the very end. The fault is not on anyone except the screenwriters.

My vote is a C, or 5. It could have been great. I have watched a lot of Hammer productions in the past few years. They are overrated. Again, the cinematography and sets/colors are great, but they usually lack in the screenplay/dialogue/story. The first Dracula movie made by Hammer is the worst. Chris Lee does nothing in that movie. His first word are about cataloguing his Library. Give me a break. What the hell happened to storytelling. This movie, at least the first half had some interesting deaths/killings, much better than Dracula.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 3 / 10

Extraordinarily plot-heavy Hammer horror...

Britain's Hammer Films proved to be the training ground for an abundance of future talents; here, it's young Oliver Reed's turn, rather amusedly cast as the cursed son of a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar when both were imprisoned by a cruel Marquis in Spain. Turgid thriller written by John Elder (a.k.a. Anthony Hinds), from Guy Endore's novel "The Werewolf of Paris", is more than just geographically confused--it never finds an appropriate tone, nor do the actors find a comfortable way around the leaden dialogue. For Reed's fans, impatience may set in early as he doesn't appear for nearly 50 minutes into the movie's running time. *1/2 from ****

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