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The Curse of the Werewolf -- This re-imagining of the classic horror story is set in 18th century Spain and follows an orphan child who terrifies those around him when he becomes a werewolf after a hunting expedition.


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Anthony Hinds (screenplay)
Guy Endore (novel)
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Release Date:
7 June 1961 (USA) See more »
EVEN THOSE WHO LOVED HIM WERE NOT SAFE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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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Over-the-top horror film directed by the master of Hammer Production , Terence Fisher See more (54 total) »


  (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)
Fred Wood ... Angry Villager (Bottom Left) in Assembled Mob (uncredited)

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
John Peverall .... assistant director
Dominic Fulford .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
Alban Streeter .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
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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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:M | Finland:(Banned) (1961) | France:-12 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (1995) | USA:Unrated

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The only werewolf movie made by Hammer Studios.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (VG)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Over-the-top horror film directed by the master of Hammer Production , Terence Fisher, 5 February 2013
Author: ma-cortes

Extremely Gothic terror intent in the Universal vein and walks a fine line between romance , camp , Wolfman's classic and horror . It displays excellent set design , ambitious screenplay with too many eerie scenes and adequate interpretation for all casting . Terror picture that is renowned for ferocious departure from the stereotypical portrait of the beast . It is set in Europa , dealing with a 19 Century European werewolf , as it happens in Spain , Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl (Yvonne Romain) who was imprisoned by a nobleman (Anthony Dawson) and raped by a beggar (Richard Wordsworth stated that in the original screenplay his beggar character was a werewolf) . His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo (Clifford Evans) and his maid . As a child Leon turned into a werewolf after having been taken hunting . Leon (Oliver Reed in his first horror movie), transformed by the full moon, heads for the forest and a fateful meeting with the villagers . He is developing an extraordinary force and aware himself has a horrible curse who cannot to control . As a young man he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner's daughter named Cristina (Catherine Feller). The curse will be passed on to him at the next full moon and he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town.

This exciting motion picture displays drama , suspense, terror with mysterious touches and is quite entertaining ; being the only werewolf movie made by Hammer Studios . It's a crossover with a little of the classic version ¨Lon Chaney's Werewolf¨, the novel ¨Wolfman in Paris¨ by Guy Endore and wrapped in a Hammer style . Atmospheric, slick terror film , creaky at times but it's still impressive . The notorious screenwriter John Elder or Anthony Hinds provides a well-knit plot with mystery and horror, giving full rein to Terence Fisher natural talent for the terror genre . However , being censorshipped , as over five minutes were cut by the censor for the British release and even more for the American version ; the censor had problems with the notion of a werewolf/rapist, so out it went . It's some different but with clear reference to previous vintage film . Good performances from Oliver Reed as a creepy wolfman and Clifford Evans as his mentor . The transformation of man into werewolf is complex and is made by expert make-up artist Roy Ashton who based his makeup for this film on Jack P. Pierce's makeup for The Wolfman by George Waggner (1941) that starred Lon Chaney Jr and Bela Lugosi . Frighteing and thrilling musical score by Benjamin Frankel . Colorful and shining cinematography by Arthur Gant , Hammer's ordinary , being filmed in Bray Studios. The motion picture was masterfully directed by Terence Fisher who filmed classic horror films as ¨Dracula¨, ¨Dracula , prince of darkness¨ , ¨The brides of Dracula¨ , ¨The mummy¨ , ¨Phantom of opera¨, ¨The Gorgon¨ , ¨The devil rides out¨ and many others . Rating : Top-drawer terror film , upscale horror spectacle with a suitable climax at a church . Essential and indispensable watching for Hammer lovers . It's an above average terror and sometimes graphically exciting and turns out to be a good attempt to cash in the werewolf sub-genre . Rating : 6,5 Good .

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