The Curse of the Werewolf

08/29/2015 22:10

Film: The Curse of the Werewolf

Year: 1961

Director: Terence Fisher

Writer: Anthony Hinds

Starring: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain

 

Review:

This film we have a beggar come into a small town in Spain. The bells of the church are ringing and no one is around. He goes into a local pub to learn that the marquis has gotten married and the town is punished to pay for it while they dine like kings. When the beggar tries to get food and drink, he’s told to go up there to the mansion.

The beggar does and in the end is put in the dungeon. He is taken care of by the jailer and his mute daughter. The young girl grows up to be Yvonne Romain. After the marquis makes an advance on her that she rejects, she is tossed into the dungeon. The beggar takes advantage and rapes her. She is taken out and kills the marquis in her escape.

She is found by a man, played by Clifford Evans. He takes Romain to his place where she eventually gives birth to her illegitimate son on Christmas day, a bad omen. Evans and his wife decide to raise the child. As a boy, they have an incident where he tastes blood and becomes a werewolf. He kills animals in the area and is eventually shot.

Evans and his wife learn how to keep the boy from changing. He grows to be a man, where he is played by Oliver Reed, and leaves the town. Another incident occurs where he tastes blood and once again becomes the werewolf. Can anyone keep him from changing and saving him from certain doom?

First off, the acting in this film isn’t all that great. Romain doesn’t have one spoken word, but she does well at facial expressions to get her character across. Reed and Evans are okay as well, with the only problem being with Evans that he doesn’t do more to try to keep his son from changing. The woman Reed falls for in this film annoyed me though, her facial expressions are weird.

The story itself doesn’t make sense either. Saying true love is what keeps the werewolf part of Reed’s soul keeps him from changing, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Tasting the blood spurs the change is a good idea though.

Not the best Hammer studios had to offer, but not completely horrible either. There is very little to do with the actual werewolf with more of the lead up to how the boy is cursed by it. There is a lot of story that crosses about 20 years, which isn’t bad, just the reasons for the werewolf make very little sense. Watch only if you’re a fan of the Hammer studio pictures, if not I’d avoid this one.

 

My Rating: 6 out of 10