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Friday, December 9, 2011

Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Surprisingly, Curse of the Werewolf [COTW] was the only werewolf movie made by Hammer Studios.  While the beginning of the movie is a bit of a slow burner, it does offer a fresh and intriguing explanation as to how the first werewolf came into being.  Stay with it because the pace does pick up after a while.  The legendary Oliver Reed takes on the role of the werewolf, playing Leon Corledo, an unfortunate soul whose mother died at childbirth after being raped by a mad beggar.  Reed does a very good job with the character.  However, I prefer Lon Chaney Jr's performance in the 1941 classic The Wolf Man over Reed's any day.  There are a few places in COTW where Reed simply looks like a human in a wolf suit.  He is missing something in his movements that  Chaney definitely got right in the original film.
COTW has all the trappings of a Hammer production with great sets, beautiful color and capable directing by Terence Fisher who did his best work as a director with this Studio.  While the make-up magic of Jack Pierce is missing, the werewolf in this film does have an interesting look that makes sense considering the werewolf's origins.  Definitely give this one a try.  It's well worth your time.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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