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The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Approved | | Horror | 7 June 1961 (USA)
In 18th Century Spain, an adopted boy becomes a werewolf and terrorizes the inhabitants of his town.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alfredo
... Leon
... Servant Girl
... Cristina
... The Marques Siniestro
Josephine Llewellyn ... The Marquesa
Richard Wordsworth ... The Beggar
Hira Talfrey ... Teresa
Justin Walters ... Young Leon
John Gabriel ... The Priest
... Pepe Valiente
... Rosa Valiente
... Dominique
... Old Soak
... Don Fernando
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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 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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He fought the hideous curse of his evil birth, but his ravished victims were proof that the cravings of his beast-blood demanded he kill... Kill... KILL! See more »

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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 »

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When Leon is taken to the bawdy bar or nightclub, a modern (twentieth-century) roulette wheel is seen with gamblers surrounding it. Since the story takes place in the early to mid-eighteenth century, it would have been impossible for the roulette wheel to be there. Even earlier iterations of the roulette wheel only existed in Europe during the very late eighteenth century. Complicating issues further, roulette was outlawed in Spain throughout much of the twentieth century; and, roulette wheels were extraordinarily expensive. It would have been exceptional for a small village to have access to a roulette wheel even as late as the early-twentieth century. Suffice it to say that the roulette wheel and table's presence in the film is highly ahistorical. See more »

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Hammer 's Only Werewolf Film.
23 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Terence Fisher directed this violent but effective werewolf tale from Hammer studios. It begins with a beggar being imprisoned in a dungeon after offending the local royalty. Years later, after falling into an degenerate state, the beggar attacks the mute servant girl of his jailer. She escapes, but later dies after giving birth on Christmas day, but her baby is adopted by a couple. Years later, the baby has grown into a young man named Leon(played by Oliver Reed) who leaves his father(played by Clifford Evans) to go look for work in the city, but the werewolf curse of his birth takes hold, as he goes on a murder spree, which only the love of a woman can prevent... Oliver Reed is quite good as the doomed young man, helped by fine direction and makeup F/X, though the story is overly lurid, particularly for its time.


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