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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun
If you think of an old black and white werewolf movie inevitably it will be Lon Chaney as the werewolf you will think of, and so this one will be overlooked, as it often is. This film is good to watch, and although it will harldy scare you it will cause a few chuckles. The werewolf here doesn't have lycanthropy, but lycanthrobia, or as Dr Yogami says, werewolfery...
Published on 14 Mar 2010 by M. Dowden

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3.0 out of 5 stars half successful attempt, hampered by a few problems.
i don't dislike this inital attempt at a werewolf by universal but it does have its shortcomings: henry hull is miscast in the title role as he is too austere and dull to be convincing. boris karloff would have been far more suitable. henry hull isn't capable of making the leading character sympathetic, only rather gruff and distant.
warner oland is also miscast: he...
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by jeremiah harbottle


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 14 Mar 2010
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M. Dowden (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you think of an old black and white werewolf movie inevitably it will be Lon Chaney as the werewolf you will think of, and so this one will be overlooked, as it often is. This film is good to watch, and although it will harldy scare you it will cause a few chuckles. The werewolf here doesn't have lycanthropy, but lycanthrobia, or as Dr Yogami says, werewolfery.

Our story starts off in Tibet on the trail of a rare flower, and then jumps to London some years later. The botanist Wilfred Glendon who was in Tibet to find the flower was bitten by a creature there, and thus changes into a werewolf. Concealing his problem and distancing himself more and more from his wife and friends he becomes jealous when an old beau of his wife turns up. At the same time the mysterious Dr Yogami turns up on the scene to see if Glendon has managed to make the flower he brought back from Tibet to flower.

There is some light comic relief here with two gin sodden old dames and one of Glendon's female relatives, which works quite well. As this is an American London though don't expect people to use colloquisms or the scenery to always match what is real. The inn in this looks like it comes from Dracula, but with the sound of a tinny piano playing in the background. There are some cliches here and some continuity errors, but on the whole that doesn't really detract from this, as it is fun.

The acting is okay and the storyline is well thought out, the effects are also alright. Don't expect to get scared (this is a 1935 movie), but sit back and just enjoy. At the current price you can't really go wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars half successful attempt, hampered by a few problems., 18 Mar 2011
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jeremiah harbottle (Littlebourne, Kent.) - See all my reviews
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i don't dislike this inital attempt at a werewolf by universal but it does have its shortcomings: henry hull is miscast in the title role as he is too austere and dull to be convincing. boris karloff would have been far more suitable. henry hull isn't capable of making the leading character sympathetic, only rather gruff and distant.
warner oland is also miscast: he simply lacks the element of mystery that his character needs in order to be convincing.
the makeup for the werewolf is quite effective although i heard that henry hull refused to wear the original makeup that makeup artist jack pierce offered designed for him as the actor thought that the public wouldn't recognise him.
all in all, a rather disappointing film all round.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine 30s film and DVD, 2 Sep 2010
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This is a very fine print of a very fine film from the 1930s, a favourite period of mine (Bulldog Jack, Invisible Man). The best part for me is the comic section featuring Mrs Moncaster and Mrs Whack, which doesn't detract in any way from the thread of the film and the story telling. A young Valerie Hobson is an engaging lead. This film is immaculate, great fun to watch and a fine period piece. Highly recommended if you like the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 27 Jun 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different take on an old classic., 19 Mar 2013
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Not a top-flight multi-million dollar spectacular ... not a cheap and horrible schlocker; Werewolf of London sits comfortably in the middle.

It's character-driven. The sets and scenes are interesting. It's an original plot ...
... and it's all pulled off with great style and finesse.

THIS is the sort of movie that gets made when people who know what they're doing get together.

Buy it. You won't regret it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Werewolf movies out there!, 21 May 2012
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Werewolf of London just grips you, it's able to draw you right in to the terror
of being human and having the condition to turn you into a grisly serial killer.

The script and acting are par excellence, one has to be reminded when watching two grown
women getting plastered and then hitting each other that this movie is 1935 and not sometime
in the 60's. Very ahead of its time and filled with a sharp often witty script and
great acting.

My only problem with the film is that despite the title and the cover there are no scenes of London.
Take the accents out and we could be anywhere in the world which defeats the purpose of the title surely?

Still the movie is too strong to fall to the sword based on locations. The effects are pretty decent for the time and there is quite a wonderful scene of the man turning into the wolf stage by stage each time he passes pillars.

An essential movie to own.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transformation scene, 24 April 2013
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The film itself is okay, but not great. The main reason for watching the film is the transformation scene. There may have been more than one transformation scene in the film, I can't remember, but I am referring to one particular one.
I won't spoil it by going into details but it is the best werewolf transformation scene I have ever seen. No other werewolf film has a transformation scene that is even close.
Anyone who is a film buff should watch it: I believe it was the first werewolf film, or at least the first non-silent one.
Anyone who likes special effects should watch it too.

I'm giving this 4 stars as it would be a bit fanboyish to give it 5 on the strength of one scene.
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