The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  7 June 1961 (USA)
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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:
Clifford Evans ...
Yvonne Romain ...
Servant Girl
Catherine Feller ...
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 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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The interiors of the inn where Leon is staying is the same interior from Dracula's castle in the Horror of Dracula. You can notice the same pillars. The basement he runs into is also the same vault where Dracula kept his coffin. See more »


During the opening credits, which features a very tight close-up of the werewolf's eyes, the edges of the contact lenses can be clearly seen. See more »


Featured in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

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Very enjoyable and different
6 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

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.

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