The screenplay, based on the novel The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore, dwells at extraordinary length, even for a horror picture, on expository background - on the vile heritage responsible for the genesis of the story's monster. But it is a credit to all concerned that this lengthy prolog sustains equal, if not greater, interest than the film's principal story which involves the personal plight of the wolfman himself.

The screenplay, based on the novel The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore, dwells at extraordinary length, even for a horror picture, on expository background – on the vile heritage responsible for the genesis of the story’s monster. But it is a credit to all concerned that this lengthy prolog sustains equal, if not greater, interest than the film’s principal story which involves the personal plight of the wolfman himself.

Especially convincing characters are created by Oliver Reed as the compassionate werewolf, Clifford Evans, Anthony Dawson, Richard Wordsworth and Martin Matthews. And there is a restrained portrayal of the budding lycanthrope as a lad by young Justin Walters.

The Curse of the Werewolf

UK

Production

Hammer. Director Terence Fisher; Producer Anthony Hinds; Screenplay John Elder [= Anthony Hinds]; Camera Arthur Grant; Editor James Needs, Alfred Cox; Music Benjamin Frankel;; Art Director Bernard Robinson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

Clifford Evans Oliver Reed Yvonne Romain Catherine Feller Anthony Dawson Warren Mitchell
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