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The Curse of the Werewolf

Released Jun 7, 1961 1h 31m Horror List
60% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 58% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A man with brutal and macabre origins, Leon Corledo (Oliver Reed) was raised in the home of Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans), his kind and loving adopted father. When he leaves Don Alfredo to find work, Leon discovers that he has increasingly violent urges. Although these tendencies are calmed by Leon's love for the beautiful Christina (Catherine Feller), he ultimately cannot contain his curse and transforms into a werewolf, terrorizing the Spanish countryside. Read More Read Less
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Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A fatalistic fright flick. Rated: 3/4 May 16, 2020 Full Review Tim Brayton Alternate Ending The last 43 minutes of The Curse of the Werewolf are pretty damn good. The question is how much better they are than the 50 preceding minutes are a tedious grind. Rated: 2.5/5 Nov 19, 2018 Full Review Steve Biodrowski ESplatter Lon Chaney, Jr.'s Wolf Man may be cinema's most famous lycanthrope, but there can be little doubt that this 1960 film from Hammer Productions is the best werewolf movie ever made. Oct 27, 2008 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 2/5 Sep 20, 2005 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) One of the better Hammer horrors Rated: 3/5 Sep 24, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Red T A Solid Underrated Horror Film & a Hammer Classic. Pretty much everything about his is well done. This relies a lot on suspense and drama rather than horror and gore until about the last 10 minutes. Really the only main issues is none of the characters have too much depth to them including the main werewolf who doesn't even become the main character until mid second hlaf of the film. However the order of events following that all flows in a logical fluid manner. The acting also can be a bit campy but in a good way with some cool chilling dialouge and the style of the acting at times is very much silent film style at points which gives it a unique identity. The special effects are solid but not as well done and the sets aren't as memorable as the original Wolf Man. The ending is solid and there isn't much dialouge either and has good buildup and some cool stunts. Granted you don't even see the werewolf actually until the end as most of it is implied and relies much more on having your imagination fill in the blanks but its well done nonetheless. If your looking for a gore fest this isn't for you but if your a fan of Hammer Films, Wolf Man in general, any actors in this, or well done campy Horror this is something to definitely check out. A Hidden Gem. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Aunque no es tan absolutamente genial como la recordaba, sin duda consigue mantener parte del encanto que hizo que me gustara tanto hace muchísimimos años. Claro está, que Olver Reed en patalla siempre suma puntos para mí. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member A handsomely mounted Hammer production, with a blazing turn from a young, imposing Oliver Reed as the titular werewolf. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Above average Hammer script could well have been written by the Brothers Grimm. This could be one of the top period pieces of the early 1960's - as well as a horror film. This film is nearly stolen by Yvonne Romain as the mute woman. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Damn fine updating of the classic Monster tale. Reed is great in the role, and following the whole life of this character makes it all the more tragic. Love the commentary on the mistreatment of the working class. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review andy f Mediocre Hammer movie that's entertaining and colourful enough but short on scares. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A man with brutal and macabre origins, Leon Corledo (Oliver Reed) was raised in the home of Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans), his kind and loving adopted father. When he leaves Don Alfredo to find work, Leon discovers that he has increasingly violent urges. Although these tendencies are calmed by Leon's love for the beautiful Christina (Catherine Feller), he ultimately cannot contain his curse and transforms into a werewolf, terrorizing the Spanish countryside.
Director
Terence Fisher
Producer
Anthony Hinds
Screenwriter
Anthony Hinds
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Universal/Universal Int
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 7, 1961, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 19, 2016
Runtime
1h 31m
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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