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The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Approved | | 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

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

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 THOSE WHO LOVED HIM WERE NOT SAFE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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7 June 1961 (USA)  »

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The Curse of Siniestro  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Spain was only released in Barcelona (Méliès Cinemes), 44 years later. The film was projected 7 days and only in subtitled version. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in The Howling (1981) See more »

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A classic - very dramatic and poignant
2 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

A very poignant portrayal of a tragic and undeserved fate. Not your average horror movie, by any means. This is a well-done production that focuses on the human tragedy and heartbreak of the gentle boy who, to his horror, grows up to become a werewolf.

If you want mindless gore for the sake of gore, this is not the movie for you - it's a tragic drama. This is a skillful retelling of an ancient tale. The horror is not in it's bloodshed, but in the terrible fate of an innocent boy's infection with "the curse of the werewolf". His bittersweet romance with Christina, with it's promise of redemption, punctuates the cruelty of his curse.

The film is very well paced with lots of high drama underscored by great characterization and acting through out. Oliver Reed's performance as Leon, the gentle young man cursed with the savagery of a werewolf, is powerful and compelling. Clifford Evan's gives a strong performance as Don Corledo, Leon's stepfather.

It's a classic movie, and a better example of this genre would be hard to find.


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