- The Curse of the Werewolf
The Curse of the Werewolf
film poster by Bill Wiggins
Directed by Terence Fisher Produced by Michael Carreras
Written by Anthony Hinds (aka John Elder) Narrated by Clifford Evans Starring
Music by Benjamin Frankel Cinematography Arthur Grant Editing by Alfred Cox Studio Hammer Film Productions Distributed by Universal-International Pictures Release date(s) 1 May 1961
June 7, 1961
Running time 91 minutes Country United Kingdom Language English
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) is a British film based on the novel The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. The film was made by the British film studio Hammer Film Productions and was shot at Bray Studios.
The story is set in 18th Century Spain. A beggar is imprisoned by a cruel marques after making inappropriate comments at the nobleman's wedding. The beggar is forgotten but manages to survive another fifteen years. His only human contact is with the jailer and his beautiful mute daughter (Yvonne Romain). The aging, decrepit Marques makes advances on the jailer's daughter when she is cleaning his room. When she refuses him, the Marques has her thrown into the dungeon with the beggar. The beggar, driven mad by his long confinement, rapes her and then dies.
The girl is released the next day and sent back up to "entertain" the Marques. Instead she kills the old man and flees. She is found in the forest by the kindly gentleman-scholar Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans) who lives alone with his housekeeper, Teresa (Hira Talfrey). The warm and motherly Teresa soon nurses the girl back to health, but she dies after giving birth to a baby on Christmas day (a fact that Teresa considers "unlucky.")
Alfredo and Teresa raise the young boy, whom they name Leon. Leon is cursed both by the evil circumstances of his birth and by being born on Christmas Day. An early accident gives him a taste for blood which he must struggle to overcome.
Leon grows into a young man (Oliver Reed) and leaves home to seek work at the Gomez vineyard. Don Fernando (Ewen Solon) sets Leon to work in the wine cellar with Jose Amadayo (Martin Matthews) with whom he quickly forms a friendship. Leon soon falls in love with Fernando's daughter, Cristina (Catherine Feller), but when his love is thwarted he grows increasingly violent. His wolf nature rising to the surface, he snarls and drools his way through the village by the light of the full moon. Shocked and disgusted by his antics, the local people summon his scholarly step-father, who has been preparing himself for years to face this moment. Though torn with grief, the wise Alfredo shoots Leon dead and covers his body with a cloak.
- Clifford Evans as Don Alfredo Corledo
- Oliver Reed as Leon Corledo
- Yvonne Romain as Servant girl
- Catherine Feller as Cristina
- Anthony Dawson as Marques Siniestro
- Josephine Llewelyn as Marquesa
- Richard Wordsworth as Beggar
- Hira Talfrey as Teresa
- John Gabriel as The priest
- Warren Mitchell as Pepe Valiente
- Anne Blake as Rosa Valiente
- George Woodbridge as Dominique the goat herder
- Michael Ripper as Old Soak
- Ewen Solon as Don Fernando
- Peter Sallis as Don Enrique
- Denis Shaw as Gaoler
- Charles Lamb as Marques' Chef
- Desmond Llewelyn (uncredited) as Marques’s servant
- ^ *Clemens, Carlos (1968). Horror Movies: An illustrated Survey. London: Panther Books. p. 208.
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Hammer gothic horror filmsThe Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) · The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) · The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) · The Phantom of the Opera (1962) · The Kiss of the Vampire (1962) · The Devil-Ship Pirates (1963) · The Gorgon (1964) · Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966) · The Plague of the Zombies (1966) · The Reptile (1966) · The Witches (1966) · The Devil Rides Out (1968) · Hands of the Ripper (1971) · Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) · Countess Dracula (1971) · Vampire Circus (1972) · To the Devil a Daughter (1976) Films directed by Terence Fisher 1940s 1950sThe Astonished Heart (1950) · So Long at the Fair (1950) · Home to Danger (1951) · The Last Page (1952) · Wings of Danger (1952) · Stolen Face (1952) · Distant Trumpet (1952) · Mantrap (1953) · Four Sided Triangle (1953) · Spaceways (1953) · Blood Orange (1953) · Face the Music (1954) · Murder by Proxy (1954) · A Stranger Came Home (1954) · Final Appointment (1954) · Mask of Dust (1954) · Children Galore (1955) · Stolen Assignment (1955) · The Flaw (1955) · The Gelignite Gang (1956) · The Last Man to Hang? (1956) · Kill Me Tomorrow (1957) · The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) · Dracula (1958) · The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) · The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) · The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) · The Mummy (1959) 1960sThe Stranglers of Bombay (1960) · The Brides of Dracula (1960) · The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) · Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960) · The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) · The Phantom of the Opera (1962) · Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962) · The Horror of It All (1963) · The Gorgon (1964) · The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) · Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) · Island of Terror (1966) · Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) · Night of the Big Heat (1967) · The Devil Rides Out (1968) · Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) 1970s
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