Synopsis for Curse of the Werewolf
After being released from the dungeon, she murders the Marques and escapes. She nearly dies in a forest, only to be rescued by a kind nobleman. The nobleman takes the ill woman into his house. There the pregnant woman eventually gives birth to a son on December 25th. She dies in childbirth. The nobleman raises the boy as his own. But from an early age the boy is fighting against an evil wolf-spirit that tries to corrupt him …
Review of The Curse of the Werewolf
Trivia for The Curse of the Werewolf
- The only werewolf movie made by Hammer Studios. Makeup-artist Roy Ashton based his makeup for this film on Jack P. Pierce’s makeup for The Wolf Man.
- In an interview, Richard Wordsworth stated that in the original screenplay his beggar character was a werewolf. Hammer told him that the censor had problems with the notion of a werewolf/rapist, so out it went.
- Over five minutes were cut by the censor for the British release. Even more for the American version.
Editorial review of The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) starring Oliver Reed, courtesy of Amazon.com
Young orphan Leon, the progeny of a mad, animalistic prisoner and a ravaged young peasant, is plagued with nightmares while village sheep are slaughtered, but it isn’t until he grows into the stocky young Oliver Reed that his curse takes its terrifying toll. Reed cuts an intense figure as the brooding, serious young man and makes a marvelous werewolf, moving with a boxer’s grace under feral makeup that looks as much ape as canine. Curse of the Werewolf has all the cleavage and blood you’d expect from a Hammer film, but it’s Fisher’s eerie touches that make the film so gripping: a dog’s howl anticipates the crying of the newborn Leon, holy water ripples as if coming to a boil before his christening, and the wild-eyed, fanged boy struggles against the bars in his room consumed in a canine blood-lust. —Sean Axmaker