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  • Actors: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller, Warren Mitchell
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Final Cut Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040LTTFW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,445 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 18th Century Spain, a small village is ruled over by an evil Marquis. A beggar goes to the castle of this unfair ruler and asks for a small amount of bread and is consequently humiliated and jailed. He is soon forgotten and becomes more animal than human, the only contact he has with humanity is through the mute servant girl who feeds him . When the servant girl is thrown into the beggar s cell and raped in a fit of lustful rage she falls pregnant. After being released from the cell she escapes the castle and is taken in the the kind Alfredo Corledo On Christmas Day, Leon is born. His mother dies at birth and Corledo takes to raising the boy. Leon grows up to be a normal boy until age 6 when he begins to go missing at night and goats are reported savaged the next day. Leon is a werewolf, a condition brought on by his traumatic heritage. However, with love and attention the transformations can be fought and they are until Leon becomes a man. One full moon he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Harry Boxx on 16 Dec. 2010
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For those who worry about such things, this is the uncut version of Curse of the Werewolf. The common version, as seen on TV through the decades, was missing the brief bloody mirror shot when the camera returns to the prostitute's bedroom, and the bullets impacting on the Werewolf's body at the end. Very brief sequences I know, but essential factors in releasing the tension so skilfully built up by the director. "Curse of the Werewolf" is one of Hammer's very finest films, presented here in excellent quality.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By P. Hanson on 15 Oct. 2010
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The Curse Of The Werewolf is a Hammer horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and
released in 1961. Considered controversial at the time it was made - the film was heavily censored in the UK by the BBFC. By today's standards it's all rather tame and this DVD release has been given a 12 certificate.

Set in Spain, for no other reason than Hammer had Spanish sets left over from an abandoned Spanish Inquisition film. Very little of interest occurs in the first hour: a mute servant girl is raped by a beggar, nine months later she dies giving birth, the child (called Leon) grows hair on the palms of his hands and suffers nightmares, goats are found with their throats ripped out. There's a cool scene where the priest attempts to christen the baby, only for the water in the font to suddenly begin boiling. Another good scene sees a hunter making silver bullets. But all this could have been told in thirty minutes - not sixty.

Oliver Reed (playing the adult Leon) doesn't appear for 45 minutes. Then we have to wait an hour into the film for the carnivorous lunar activities to finally kick off. And it is at this point that Curse Of The Werewolf becomes classic Hammer.

Oliver Reed (then only 22) is very good in the lead role. The supporting cast are of a high calibre too, including Clifford Evans, the very beautiful and busty Yvonne Romain, and Hammer regular Michael Ripper. The werewolf make-up is fantastic too.

Respect must go to Final Cut Entertainment for making this hard to find film available on DVD in the UK. There are no problems with the sound or picture quality. The picture is in full screen. The DVD does not have subtitles and there are no extras.

One more thing, this DVD release has a great front cover - very much in keeping with the old Hammer style.

three and a half stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on 21 April 2012
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I hope P. Hanson will forgive me for stealing his title's review. I fully agree with him that the film is quite uneven but contrary to him I think the strengths and the weaknesses are at the opposite end of the movie. I loved the first thirty minutes, with Richard Wordsworth (famous as the mutating astronaut in "The Quatermass Xperiment") as a simple, deranged beggar turning into a mad animal; Anthony Dawson, starring as the sadistic count, ageing into some sort of revolting human being; and of course the absolutely beautiful, cleavage-friendly Yvonne Romain, from whom I couldn't take my eyes off. The film remains great until Leon's baptism (very atmospheric scene) but after this Fisher (as he sometimes does) falls asleep at the wheel. For the next hour, the film loses pace and rests exclusively on the very broad shoulders of Oliver Reed, who makes a commanding performance, but there is no chemistry at all between him and his love interest - the quite tame Catherine Feller - and I believe this is the movie's major flaw. The last ten minutes are amazing though thanks to Reed's transformation and his very believable portrayal of a werewolf, courtesy of a beautiful make-up by Roy Ashton. Bernard Robinson's sets are as beautiful as ever and the film looks great - even if I miss the photography of Jack Asher (sacked by Hammer some time before, to be replaced by the still dependable Arthur Gordon). So 4 stars from me because this is pleasant and the first half-hour is really good and so are the ending and Oliver Reed's performance, but I had more sympathy for "The two faces of Dr. Jekyll", "Taste of Fear" and "The Full Treatment", all movies made by Hammer roughly at the same time.
The bonus disc is very moving with extensive interviews with Margaret Robinson, Oliver Reed, Jimmy Sangster, Yvonne Romain and Catherine Feller. A very nice package and obviously the uncut version of the film in bright, shiny colors.
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There is little doubt that this 1961 classic is up there with the best werewolf movies of all time. It really does have everything, from young Oliver Reed to smoking hot Yvonne Romain, from beautiful sets to eery effective music.
I wont put any spoilers in here suffice it to say this is a true Hammer Horror classic.
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I wanted peter cushings Werewolf classic and This was displayed in amongst a parade of peter cushing films so...so I didnt notice it wasnt the peter cushing film. ahem. However, this films not bad (for its type I mean,for old hammer horror-type aficionados), so...'never mind'. [Anybody selling the Cushing film?].
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2011
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As other reviewers have mentioned, I think this is a bit of a Hammer classic. I Don't agree that nothing happens in the first 45 mins. There is sadism and beautiful sets and costumes, and Anthony Dawson in the role of a lifetime, chewing valuable Bray sets all over the place. Then there is Yvonne Romain... and Richard Wordsworth truly scary as the mad sad beggar who rapes her. When Reed appears I agree it really takes off and the 90' arrive too soon. My only slight complaint concerns the other actresses who, for me, don't quite work. But then there is always a replay of Yvonne.. Fine picture quality and sound. A bargain and a must for horror fans and Hammer completists.
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