CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • X
  • Drama, Horror
  • 1961
  • 91 mins

Curse of the Werewolf

Curse of the Werewolf

Synopsis

A tense, frightening werewolf tale from the less hammy side of Hammer Films, boasting ahead-of-its-time special effects and the kind of creepiness you wish horror films would dish up more often

About

Yvonne Romain is a mute servant girl who is raped and gives birth to baby Leon on Christmas Day; the kid soon finds his behaviour dictated by the arrival of the full moon, and when he becomes an adult (Reed) seeks out ways to overcome his furry, murderous urges.

Rather than just go for all-out thrills and chills, the film actually benefits from a human angle, which makes Leon into a genuinely sympathetic character, and treats his predicament as a terrible burden which no one would ever wish for.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Clifford Evans, Yvonne Romain, Josephine Llewellyn, Catherine Feller, Anthony Dawson, Oliver Reed
  • Writer: Anthony Hinds
  • Producer: Anthony Hinds
  • Photographer: Arthur Grant

In a nutshell

The film is all the more effective for its restrained build-up that increases the sense of tension and menace, culminating in the most impressive man-to-wolf transformation this side of An American Werewolf in London.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    Second Coming

    Debbie Tucker Green's drama follows a tight family unit navigating their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy

  • Film4 Million Dollar Arm

    Million Dollar Arm

    Struggling sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) has the idea to launch a reality TV contest in India that offers contestants the chance to land a Major League Baseball contract

  • Film4 Half Nelson

    Half Nelson on Film4

    Ryan Gosling stars as an inner-city high school teacher struggling with a drug problem in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's Oscar-nominated drama on Film4

  • Film4 Rust and Bone

    Rust And Bone on Film4

    Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts star in Jacques Audiard's romantic drama on Film4

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share