Tuesday, 12 January 2016
THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961)
THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961) Directed by Terence Fisher **
Written (as John Elder) and produced by Anthony Hinds this is one of Hammer's weaker efforts. Terence Fisher's solid direction makes the best it can from a script that is all over the place and makes little logical sense - it never can quite decide why Reed becomes a werewolf. Oliver Reed's makeup as the wolf man is very impressive and lingers in the mind long after the endless talk but appears far too late in the proceedings to make one really care. Catherine Feller is pretty while Yvonne Romain is voluptuous and the rest of the cast is filled out with regular Hammer bit players (Michael Ripper is particularly memorable as always in a small role).