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Writers:
Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
Guy Endore (novel)
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Release Date:
7 June 1961 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
EVEN THOSE WHO LOVED HIM WERE NOT SAFE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
One of the best Werewolf films ever See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Clifford Evans ... Alfredo

Oliver Reed ... Leon
Yvonne Romain ... Servant Girl
Catherine Feller ... Cristina

Anthony Dawson ... The Marques Siniestro
Josephine Llewellyn ... The Marquesa
Richard Wordsworth ... The Beggar
Hira Talfrey ... Teresa
Justin Walters ... Young Leon
John Gabriel ... The Priest

Warren Mitchell ... Pepe Valiente
Anne Blake ... Rosa Valiente
George Woodbridge ... Dominique
Michael Ripper ... Old Soak
Ewen Solon ... Don Fernando

Peter Sallis ... Don Enrique
Martin Matthews ... Jose
David Conville ... Rico Gomez
Denis Shaw ... Gaoler
Charles Lamb ... Chef
Serafina Di Leo ... Senora Zumara
Sheila Brennan ... Vera
Joy Webster ... Isabel
Renny Lister ... Yvonne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kitty Atwood ... Midwife (uncredited)
John Bennett ... Policeman (uncredited)
Hamlyn Benson ... Landlord (uncredited)
Ray Browne ... Official (uncredited)
Rodney Burke ... 1st Customer (uncredited)
Max Butterfield ... Cheeky Farmer (uncredited)
Loraine Carvana ... Servant Girl as Child (uncredited)
Francis De Wolff ... Bearded Customer (uncredited)
Richard Golding ... 3rd Customer (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Irate Farmer (uncredited)
Michael Lewis ... Page (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... 1st Footman (uncredited)
Alan Page ... 2nd Customer (uncredited)
Michael Peake ... Farmer in Cantina (uncredited)
Stephen Scott ... Another Farmer (uncredited)
Frank Sieman ... Gardener (uncredited)
Gordon Whiting ... 2nd Footman (uncredited)
Alister Williamson ... Policeman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Hinds (screenplay) (as John Elder)

Guy Endore (novel "The Werewolf of Paris")

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Benjamin Frankel 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alfred Cox 
 
Casting by
Stuart Lyons 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
Thomas Goswell (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Colin Garde .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Clifford Parkes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominic Fulford .... second assistant director
John Peverall .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
Alban Streeter .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Benjamin Frankel .... conductor
Leonard Salzedo .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
 

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Runtime:
91 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:(Banned) (1961) | France:-12 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (1995) | USA:Unrated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Makeup-artist Roy Ashton based his makeup for this film on Jack P. Pierce's makeup for The Wolf Man (1941).See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: The first 20 minutes of the movie are narrated by Don Alfredo. But since he did not witness the events depicted, there is no way he could have known what transpired.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Werewolves (1996) (V)See more »

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How did Leon become a werewolf?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Werewolf films ever, 3 March 2005
Author: spacemonkey_fg from Puerto Rico

Title: Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Director: Terence Fisher

Cast:Oliver Reed, Clifford Evans, Catherine Feller

Review: Hammer films is known for making many vampire films, many Frankenstein films, and even a few Mummy films...but for some reason Curse of the Werewolf was their one and only werewolf film ever made. Even though they only made one Werewolf film, I'm happy because at least the only one they did make is really really good.

The story is about a beggar who gets thrown into a dungeon by a despotic marquis who takes pleasure in demeaning other human beings. The beggar spends years upon years in prison until he becomes almost animal like. A young and beautiful servant girl is thrown into the same cell as the insane beggar is because she rejected going to bed with the same marquis. The beggar decides to rape her and the offspring of that rape is Leon Corledo. A young boy who is cursed to become a werewolf because he was born on Christmas Day. And on this movie, being born on Christmas Day means you are forever cursed to become a werewolf when the full moon comes.

I enjoyed this movie immensely and I have to say that one of the things that enhanced my enjoyment of it was Oliver Reeds portrayal of Leon Corledo. He is magnificent in this movie. He has a great presence and a roughness to him that is perfect for playing a man cursed with lycanthropy. He has some very intense moments in which we can see that he is torn between letting his animal side loose or keeping it under control.

Terence Fisher, one of Hammers prime directors did a fine Job in bringing to life the tale of the werewolf. Hes done many fine Hammer films in the past and this one is just another jewel in his crown of great horror films. The movie is heavy on atmosphere and creepy visuals. A standout moment for me was when the young Leon has turned into a werewolf in his room and cant escape it because his stepfather has barred the windows in his room so he cant escape at night. The look on the kids face and the music is a real horror movie moment. Fisher made sure there's plenty of cool shots of the fool moon hovering over the dark sky as we hear the howling of a wolf in the distance. Or the scene in which the are going to baptize young Leon and the water in the altar starts to boil.... Its nice touches like those that make a Hammer/Terence Fisher film special.

I also liked how they treated the origin of the werewolf. The really go back and explain how it all started. Its not just a movie about a werewolf running amok killing people in a little town. Here we get the whole back story as to how the whole thing started. I liked that. It gave the film lots of depth. Its a story covering a few decades of history. Another thing that made the story special was the idea that love and compassion towards Leon could help him control the beast inside of him.

Then there's the werewolf transformation, which is after all one of the big things about watching a werewolf film. There's always a spotlight on the transformation sequence. Its always a showstopper in films like "American Werewolf in London" and "The Howling" and even in "The Wolfman". Here I must say that for the time it was made, the make up is really excellent. I'm guessing that it was for budgetary reasons that hey held the transformation all the way till the very ending, but when it does happen its very good. I was amazed that for the time it was made (1961) it turned out as good as it did. In fact I think this look was the one that Fredd Dekker was paying homage to when he directed his monster film The Monster Squad, in which The Werewolf teams up with Dracula, Frankensteins monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Mummy to bring the forces of darkness to earth. The look of the werewolf in that movie is exactly like the one seen on Curse of the Werewolf. I don't blame Fred Dekker for wanting to pay homage to such a cool creature.

The only downside to this movie? Watching English actors playing Spaniards. It was kind of funny to see that the only thing that they added to their acting to make it look Spaniard was saying "Señor" at the end of every sentence.

Finally, Id say that this is one of the best Hammer films ever made and that this movie deserves a whole lot more recognition then it gets. It should be out on DVD, because as it is, its one of the best werewolf films ever made.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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