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The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Unrated | | Horror | 7 June 1961 (USA)
In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Servant Girl
The Marques Siniestro
Josephine Llewellyn ...
The Marquesa
Richard Wordsworth ...
The Beggar
Hira Talfrey ...
Justin Walters ...
Young Leon
John Gabriel ...
The Priest
Pepe Valiente
Anne Blake ...
Rosa Valiente
George Woodbridge ...
Michael Ripper ...
Old Soak
Ewen Solon ...
Don Fernando


In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a werewolf after having been taken hunting. As a young man, he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner's daughter Cristina. One full moon, he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town. Written by Will Gilbert

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Even the innocent girl who loved him was not safe... once the full moon rose! See more »




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7 June 1961 (USA)  »

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The Curse of Siniestro  »

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Over five minutes were cut by the censor for the British release and even more for the American version. See more »


In Spain the Catholic innkeeper would have had a crucifix rather than a plain cross (and indeed his wife calls it a crucifix). The plain cross (without Jesus on it), such as was shown in the film, is used primarily by Protestants. See more »


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The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961) **1/2
11 February 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This film, more by accident than design, has become one of my most-watched Hammer films. Actually, I liked it immediately and, therefore, I return to it willingly...though I wouldn't really rank it among their top films! Still, for being the studio's only stab at the werewolf legend, the plot is pretty stacked with fanciful lore which differs quite a bit from what Universal came up with in the 30s and 40s...or, for that matter, anything that we've seen since! Truth be told, it's highly improbable and even rather silly but, then, the film is so thick with atmosphere throughout (belying the typical low budget) that it doesn't matter at all! Oliver Reed essays his most significant starring role for Hammer with dignity and a brooding quality, in my opinion, and the supporting cast does pretty well by their roles but, again, the film's main asset is its beautiful look (including the wonderful werewolf make-up). I also don't mind the fact that we see the fully-fledged transformation only once as the build-up to it is terrific and the film, on the whole, emerges as one of Fisher's most assured efforts.

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