The Curse of the Werewolf Review
Synopsis:In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother...
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) is a British independent cult horror film that is based on the Guy Endore 1933 novel, The Werewolf of Paris. Director Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula (1958), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), The Mummy (1959)). The movie contains thrills, suspense, frightening scenes, werewolf, hunting, Spain, full moon, costume horror, wolfman, stabbed to death, superstition, atonal music score, gothic horror, ritual cleansing and sucking blood from a wound. I applaud the writer Anthony Hinds (The Phantom of the Opera (1962), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)) for telling us how the first werewolf was created because a lot of other werewolf movies does not tell us.
The Curse of the Werewolf takes place in the 18th Century in Spain where we see a beggar being thrown into jail for saying inappropriate words at the nobleman’s wedding. The beggar (Richard Wordsworth - The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Time Without Pity (1957)) stayed in the jail for fifteen years until he did something so unbelievable that it caused him his death. He only see’s the jailer and his beautiful daughter (Yvonne Romain - Night Creatures (1962), Double Trouble (1967), The Last of Sheila (1973)) who is mute. The daughter was eventually thrown into the same cell with her father who is now a loony and rapes her.
Skip forward and we see Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans - The Power Game (1965), The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), Love on the Dole (1941)) found her in the forest and rescues her. Alfredo’s housekeeper Teresa (Hira Talfrey - The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Conqueror Worm (1968), The Oblong Box (1969), A World Inside (1962)) who lives with him nurses her back to health. The big shocker is that the girl soon after gives birth on Christmas Day and dies. Alfredo and Teresa raise the baby boy, Leon, who is cursed by evil. Leon (Oliver Reed - Gladiator (2000), Oliver! (1968), Tommy (1975), The Three Musketeers (1973)) struggle during his childhood while growing up to overcome the taste of blood. Leon left his home when he was thirteen years old to work at the Gomez vineyard in their cellar with Jose Amadayo. It did not take long for Leon to fall in love with Fernando’s daughter, Cristina (Catherine Feller - The Girl with a Pistol (1968), Waltz of the Toreadors (1962), A Flea Off Pepe (1956)) which resulted in chaos/murders to follow.
Overall, I enjoyed this film and would recommend it to werewolf fans although the pace was not to my liking; the storyline was interesting. I felt a lot of different emotions while watching this movie because of what Leon had to endure and he knows as a child what will happen to him every full moon - sad. Once again I enjoyed watching this movie because of the storyline and detailed werewolf mythology along with great acting. There were not much violence, action scenes, thrills, and suspense but it was greatly put together which makes it a unique watch that should not be missed.A few other things the movie contains are murderer, savagery, marquis, wolfman, dementia praecox, venereal disease, satyriasis, blood lust, large breasts, metamorphosis, dungeon, rape, aristocracy,
A few other things the movie contains is a murderer, savagery, marquis, wolfman, dementia praecox, venereal disease, satyriasis, blood lust, large breasts, metamorphosis, dungeon, rape, aristocracy, murder, and transformation.
The movie was filmed at the following locations:
Black Park, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Bray Studios, Down Place, Oakley Green, Berkshire, England, UK
Callow Hill Sandpit, Virginia Water, Surrey, England, UK
Sand and Gravel Quarry, Wapseys Wood, Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
About The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Runtime: 93 minutes
Total Avg. Votes: 14
Writers: Anthony Hinds, Guy Endore
Director: Terence Fisher