Werewolf of London Review
Synopsis:The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.
Werewolf of London (1935) is an American drama-fantasy horror cult film that was the first Hollywood mainstream werewolf movie. Director Stuart Walker (The Eagle and the Hawk (1933), Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935), Great Expectations (1934)) did an extraordinary job executing this terrific movie without the technologies we have today. The mystery was real and intense as the film progresses, so did my tension. Werewolf of London should be on every werewolf lover watch list because it is original and fantastic.
Dr. Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull - Lifeboat (1944), Boys Town (1938), Werewolf of London (1935), High Sierra (1941)) is a wealthy English botanist who wishes to find/obtain the elusive mariphasa plant. He went to Tibet to search for the mariphasa plant and was attacked/bitten by a creature/werewolf but still managed to get his hands on a specimen of the plant. Dr. Yogami (Warner Oland - The Jazz Singer (1927), Shanghai Express (1932), Charlie Chan in London (1934)) is also a botanist who said that he met Wilfred in Tibet while searching for the mariphasa.
Yogami told Wilfred that the werewolf bite will turn him into become a werewolf and the mariphasa is a temporary antidote for the disease.
Wilfred did not believe Yogami at first but shortly did after he began experiencing lycanthropy as his hand grows fur beneath the rays of his moon lamp and later during the first full moon that same night. He stopped his transformation by using a blossom from the mariphasa plant. Skip forward - we soon saw Wilfred venturing out to commit his first kill after Yogami stole the only two blossoms that are available because the third has not bloomed. Wilfred began neglecting his wife Lisa (Valerie Hobson - Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Great Expectations (1946), Blanche Fury (1948)) after killing an innocent female on a full moon. The ending was a surprise because I was rooting for someone else to die and for a fairytale ending in a werewolf movie, yes I was.
Werewolf of London is a dated film that is still effective today and is by far one of the best werewolves movies I have seen. The actors did a fantastic job with their respective roles, and the makeup job was excellent. The special effects were top notch considering the year the movie was made. I love the sets as well as the storyline and sound effects.
A few things Werewolf in London contain are a werewolf, creature, botanist, lycanthrope, Universal monsters, shot in the back, animal attack, mad scientist, man beast, wolf, animal bite, Venus flytrap, metamorphosis and gunshot wound.
About Werewolf of London (1935)
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Writers: John Colton, Robert Harris, Harvey Gates, Edmund Pearson
Director: Stuart Walker