The Curse Of The Werewolf
| 91 MINS | COLOUR | HAMMER |
When a hungry beggar scours the town of Castillo Siniestro for food, he chances upon a castle where the Marquis is just celebrating his wedding. At first the Marquis is mildly amused by the beggar, and throws him scraps from his table, but an off-the-cuff remark from the beggar angers the Marquis, and the beggar is thrown into jail. He ultimately becomes forgotten. The only people he sees are the jailer and his mute daughter. The mute girl is the only one to show him any kindness.
Years later, when the Marquis has become old, he makes advances on the mute servant girl, and when these advances are rejected, he throws her into the jail with the beggar. The beggar, driven insane by years of neglect, rapes her, and she becomes pregnant. The baby, Leon, born on Christmas day, is eventually adopted by a loving couple.
When Leon’s adoptive father finds that Leon, because of his strange conception, can manifest wolf-like behaviour and attacks sheep at night, he does what he can to tone down his transformations.
When the time comes for Leon to leave the village, he gets a job at a wine merchant’s. On a night out, carousing at a local brothel, he finally turns into a fully formed werewolf and a killing spree begins.
Leon is arrested on suspicion of killing his friend and workmate, Jose, and thrown into Jail. He transforms into a werewolf and escapes, drooling and snarling his way through the village by the light of the full moon. His step-father, Alfredo, is summoned. Torn with grief, Alfredo shoots his adoptive son dead and covers his body with his cloak.
BritishHorrorFilms: As Hammer’s only werewolf film, it gets its place in the hall of fame by default.
ClassicHorror: Oliver Reed gives the strongest dramatic performance of any actor in a Hammer film ever.
RottenTomatoes: Hammer studios apply their Gothic touch to another one of Universal’s monsters. It is an excellent and stylish piece.
From Trailer: Their dream of love. A nightmare of horror!
- Directed by Terence Fisher
- Produced by Michael Carreras & Anthony Hinds
- Music by Benjamin Frankel
- Cinematography Arthur Grant
- Production company Hammer Film Productions
- This is the only werewolf movie made by Hammer.
- The make-up for the werewolf was based on the film The Wolf-Man by Universal.
Clifford Evans — Don Alfredo Corledo | Oliver Reed — Leon Corledo | Yvonne Romain — Servant Girl (Jailer’s Daughter) | Catherine Feller — Cristina Fernando | Anthony Dawson — Marques Siniestro | Josephine Llewellyn — Marquesa | Richard Wordsworth — Beggar | Hira Talfrey — Teresa, Corledo’s Servant | Justin Walters — Young Leon | John Gabriel — Priest | Warren Mitchell — Pepe Valiente the Watchman | Anne Blake — Rosa Valiente | George Woodbridge — Dominique the Goat Herder | Michael Ripper — Old Soak | Ewen Solon — Don Fernando